- Nine villages cleared in less than 24 hours
- US military officials estimate up to 5,000 ISIS fighters are in Mosul
Near Mosul, Iraq (CNN)Two years ago, Iraqi soldiers in Mosul threw down their weapons and fled the city in terror as armed militants overran the streets under the banner of the emerging threat of ISIS.
54,000: Iraqi security forces
40,000: Peshmerga forces
14,000: Paramilitary units*
500: US forces, mostly for logistical efforts
*The paramilitary units include Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Turkmen and Yazidis. Shiite members are assisting with, but not participating in, the Mosul offensive.