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The Battle of Mosul

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The Battle of Mosul, considered to be the most significant urban combat since World War II, was the last great stand of the Islamic State Caliphate against the Iraqi Army in 2016-2017. James Verini, an American journalist, lived with the troops throughout the battle and has written a compelling and graphic account of the conflict in a newly released book entitled They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate (W.W. Norton & Company, 2019). The book chronicles the ancient and modern history of the region, concentrating on events following the U.S. withdrawal in 2011 that gave rise to the formation of the Caliphate and then to efforts to defeat it. The topic is especially timely given the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria which may presage a resurgence of ISIS. The book has been praised as an “urgent work of war reportage, among the very best war writing of the past two decades.” Reading will average 70 pages a week. The study group is NOT recommended for the faint-of-heart due to the violence and brutality depicted by the author.


Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Bob McAnulty2.Ann Rusnak 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/14/2020 - 2/4/2020 Weekly - Tue 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Ann Rusnak  ; Bob McAnulty  ClassRoom