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ISIS’s Spur-of-the-Moment Decision to Take Mosul | FRONTLINE

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Even ISIS was surprised by how quickly Mosul fell, as this excerpt from FRONTLINE’s “The Rise of ISIS” – premiering 10/28 ( – reveals. The terrorist group originally intended to just conduct a prison raid there — but they met with so little resistance that they decided to keep on rolling. And in the end, it took only 800 ISIS militants, with the help of local Ba’athist military cadres, to secure a city of 1.8 million people.

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