Live streaming footage of the offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul appears to confirm what military officials had predicted in the months leading up to the operation: It’s going to be a long, complex, and bloody fight. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, as the Iraqi coalition inches closer to the city, a small contingent of American soldiers are playing an increasingly critical role.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.