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05 Aug 2015 - Bashika frontline few kilometers from Mosoul. Peshmerga fighters get ready to travel to first line bases. Peshmerga on this front have 10 days on 10 days off. Salaries are a big frustration for fighters, especially the ones who are living in rented homes. It's a terrible situation as there are 2/3 months delays in paymentsKurdish Peshmerga were able to retake these territories in an organized way. Coaltion forces effective in back them on land and from the sky. They have been making the border stronger and safer than before to not allow ISIS to infiltrate. Coalition support is very important for the morale of the Kurdish Peshmerga. Peshmerga understand that Mosul is not a Kurdish city but there are Kurdish areas around it (Bartella, Bashiqa, Sinjar. Tel Afar) and so theywant to liberate them. At the moment Peshmerga are in a defensive position. There is a plan to liberate Mosul but it depends on the Iraqi army and coalition as to when and wether we attack. The biggest challenge for Peshmerga is the Iraqi army. They didn't expect Anbar to fall to them. In Ramadi they took more weapons and humvees – these were left laid out for Daesh and caused a negative impact for the whole Iraqi army and for us as well. If they move to liberate Mosul will will decide at this time whether we will participate.

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05 Aug 2015 - Bashika frontline few kilometers from Mosoul. Peshmerga fighters get ready to travel to first line bases. Peshmerga on this front have 10 days on 10 days off. Salaries are a big frustration for fighters, especially the ones who are living in rented homes. It's a terrible situation as there are 2/3 months delays in paymentsKurdish Peshmerga were able to retake these territories in an organized way. Coaltion forces effective in back them on land and from the sky. They have been making the border stronger and safer than before to not allow ISIS to infiltrate. Coalition support is very important for the morale of the Kurdish Peshmerga. Peshmerga understand that Mosul is not a Kurdish city but there are Kurdish areas around it (Bartella, Bashiqa, Sinjar. Tel Afar) and so theywant to liberate them. At the moment Peshmerga are in a defensive position. There is a plan to liberate Mosul but it depends on the Iraqi army and coalition as to when and wether we attack. The biggest challenge for Peshmerga is the Iraqi army. They didn't expect Anbar to fall to them. In Ramadi they took more weapons and humvees – these were left laid out for Daesh and caused a negative impact for the whole Iraqi army and for us as well. If they move to liberate Mosul will will decide at this time whether we will participate.