A suicide car bomb, sowing panic as it plows toward Peshmerga positions. An ISIS fighter who ambushes Kurdish troops from a concealed tunnel before blowing himself up. These were the early indications of how dedicated and single-minded Mosul's ISIS occupiers can be -- and how bloody and grinding Iraq's battle to liberate the city may prove. Following swifter-than-expected progress in the advance on Mosul on day one, the diverse coalition of Iraqi Security Forces troops, Kurdish Peshmerga allies and thousands of Iraqi irregulars pressed forward with their assault Tuesday to liberate Iraq's second city from two years of ISIS rule. Oct.18 http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/18/middleeast/mosul-isis-operation-iraq/
The Iraqi military action against ISIS in Mosul comes just a couple of days before the Disseminating Moon. In his October blogpost, Nick Fiorenza describes the dynamics of the Moon phase as below:
The Disseminating Moon occurs on October 19 conjoining Aldebaran of Taurus. The Moon fills the Saturn Lunar Nodes T-square, forming a brief Grand Square. The Disseminating Moon opposite Saturn-Antares in Scorpio can impart somewhat of a conflictual or paradoxical energetic, especially square the Lunar Nodes. It may bring conflict to surface regarding what is long established but not supportive of the wellbeing of home and family, and thus impels demonstrable action to address this paradox.
Mars conjoins Pluto on our Demonstrable Moon (a few hours after). Although not in a direct aspect to the Disseminating Moon, the Moon does move a bit into an inconjunct aspect as the Mars-Pluto conjunction occurs. This can impart an assertive drive to use force to make things happen, backed by strength, stamina and determination.
Pluto has been making passage through sidereal Sagittarius since December 2005, and is currently under the auspices of Lyra. Generally, Pluto in Sagittarius becomes a revealer of truth and reveals the corrupt quest for the pursuit of power. Mars, after making its conjunction with Saturn and Antares recently in August, entered Sagittarius in mid-September. Mars continues its passage through the stars of the Zen Archer through October. Mars, is strong in Sagittarius, both fiery, meaning Mars impels assertive action from a place of autonomy and strength. It impels a passionate pursuit for something greater, for a higher meaning, purpose, vision or truth. It impels action in leadership to enthusiastically fight for our principles or ideals. Conjoining Pluto, Mars can impel the pursuit of power for a greater vision or ideal, but also impels audacious action to deconstruct that which is in power or believed to be corrupt powers impeding greater truth, freedom and justice.
The highlighted sections clearly explain what is driving the Iraqi government action. But here let us take a little diversion to ancient Chinese astrology which adds remarkable detail to the situation in Mosul. We mentioned above that the Disseminating Moon is conjunct the star Aldebaran. In China this was part of the asterism Py, the Net, representing a hunting net. The purpose of the hunt was to eliminate dangerous “ beasts”. Under this asterism, traitors and deserters would be recaptured and punished .
 Secrets of the Ancient Skies ; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.1,p.696)