Robert Molinari, executive officer of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, says Mosul "looks like Baghdad about 18 months ago" at the height of violence in the Iraqi capital.
But nobody is yet declaring victory, and Molinari
says the current military push "just treats the symptoms, not the problems" of ethnic politics and a wrecked economy.
It's a place that it doesn't want to lose," says Molinari
, from Fort Hood, Texas.