[on]11 November 2004 . . . in one of the least publicised disasters of the US occupation of Iraq, insurgents captured the city as the police and army deserted en masse
The Independent's Patrick Cockburn - reports that the Iraqi resistance is preparing for an encore.
When the Iraqi resistance took Mosul, the US sent in the Kurdish peshmerga warriors, who had openly declared their intention to ethnically cleanse oil-rich Mosul and annex it into their territory so as to be able to secede from Iraq.
The first thing that Kurds did when they entered Mosul in 2003 was to destroy the land registry records so that no legal claims could be made against their land grabs, a tactic they learned from their Israeli sponsors, who have been busy on their side buying up land in Kirkuk.
Now it looks like the Iraqis are getting ready for a final showdown with the Kurds.