After Mosul: The Coming Break-Up of Iraq and the End of the Middle East

The battle against IS is a war no one will win. Here's the real battle we should be worrying about - and fighting All eyes are on the battle for Mosul. Will the coalition defeat the Islamic State (IS) or not? In the end, it won't matter. If we have learned anything from the last … Continue reading After Mosul: The Coming Break-Up of Iraq and the End of the Middle East

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What Future Awaits ISIS in Iraq?

In mid-January, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Davis announced that ISIS militants were surrounded by superior forces and, therefore, demoralized. As if to confirm this statement, the Iraqi TV station Al Sumaria recently reported that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly pronounced a “farewell speech” before leaving his poistion. In it, he advised his supporters to admit … Continue reading What Future Awaits ISIS in Iraq?

Iraqi Army Makes Big Gains in Battle for Mosul

Iraqi military forces are advancing towards the main complex of government buildings in the centre of west Mosul, indicating that Isis is losing control of its last big urban stronghold in Iraq. “The provincial council and the governorate building are within the firing range of the rapid response forces,” said an officer with the elite … Continue reading Iraqi Army Makes Big Gains in Battle for Mosul

Why a Victory Over ISIS in Mosul Might Spell Defeat in Deir Ezzor

“The re-conquest of western Mosul begins.” Or so several headlines in the Arab press have announced. And it’s true that the Iraqi army and its Shia militia allies and a few token soldiers from the US, Turkey, Britain and Kurdish forces have captured some small villages abandoned by Isis near the old Mosul airport. But … Continue reading Why a Victory Over ISIS in Mosul Might Spell Defeat in Deir Ezzor

650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody is Talking About It

Iraqi forces, backed by American airpower, are set to launch a long-awaited offensive to retake West Mosul. There are reportedly 3,000 ISIS fighters left defending their last major stronghold in Iraq, and an estimated 650,000 civilians are trapped in the western-held area of the city. The U.N. has warned that these civilians are at “extreme … Continue reading 650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody is Talking About It

Politicizing Victimhood: Human Rights as a Propaganda Weapon in Aleppo and Mosul

Despite continued clashes between the government and rebel forces, the ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia appears to have significantly reduced the violence in Syria. Following the fall of Aleppo to Assad’s forces, we should be reflecting upon what lessons can be drawn from Syria. I would offer a few. First, in wars that involve … Continue reading Politicizing Victimhood: Human Rights as a Propaganda Weapon in Aleppo and Mosul

US Seeks to Extend Military Presence in Iraq ‘Indefinitely’

US policy makers plan an "indefinite" military presence in Iraq and will double the number of American soldiers in the country to 10,000, a senior Iraqi official said on Saturday. The reports come amid heated controversy in Baghdad concerning the presence of the US forces in Iraq following the expected defeated of Islamic State group … Continue reading US Seeks to Extend Military Presence in Iraq ‘Indefinitely’