The U.S.-led coalition’s military campaign to “defeat” the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) appears to be going better than is widely realized. The media has begun to pick up on this, but so far the accounts do not seem to do it justice.
The coalition has trained (or retrained) six Iraqi brigades, typically called the Mosul Counterattack Brigades or just the Counterattack Brigades. It was these formations that did most of the work at Ramadi and several are being shifted north to begin the Mosul operation.
They are performing considerably better than other Iraqi brigades, a fact that is increasingly understood throughout the Iraqi government, boosting their prestige and the influence of the United States.