Fort Campbell soldiers working to help free Mosul from ISIS - WSMV News 4

Fort Campbell soldiers working to help free Mosul from ISIS

Posted: Updated:
Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (L) shakes hands with an Iraqi soldier on Oct. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons IV) Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (L) shakes hands with an Iraqi soldier on Oct. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons IV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The 101st Airborne Division is leading a coalition of 19 nations to support Iraq in freeing Mosul from ISIS control.

A photo from the U.S. Army shows Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commanding general of Fort Campbell, shaking hands with an Iraqi soldier.

"Mosul will be a hard fight, but the Iraqi security forces are ready. They've been waiting to liberate Mosul for two years, and today is the day," said Volesky in a news release.

The U.S. sent 600 more troops to aid in the city's capture with airstrikes and weapons.

There are already about 1,700 Fort Campbell soldiers in Iraq already.

Military officials estimate there could be up to 5,000 militants in the city.

Iraq's military is taking the lead in the operation, which could take weeks, if not months.

Volesky says Iraq's military has been building momentum and he's confident they will succeed in liberating Mosul.

The city is four to five times as large as any city recaptured by ISIS so far.

Copyright 2016 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.