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The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of...

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

Jul 20, 2017

Shahama camp, Iraq – Covered with a painful rash, Nessrine Hamad, six, has tears in her eyes. “She has been like that for three days,” her mother, Kawzhar Youssif Hamad, tells Al Jazeera. “It is because of the dirty water. Most of the children here have sores on their skin.” Dozens of families accused of...

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Mosul in ruins: ‘I see only despair around us’

Jul 18, 2017

  Mosul, Iraq – Western Mosul is in ruins. From the tenth floor of a badly damaged hotel in Iraq’s second-largest city, destroyed buildings and roads can be seen for miles on end. There is no building that has not been touched by fights and air attacks. The smell of decaying bodies fills the hot July...

What the taking of Mosul means

What the taking of Mosul means

Jul 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy PAUL ROGERS 13 July 2017 Victory is declared in Iraq’s second city. But ISIS is undefeated, and the long war continues. Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi travelled to Mosul on 10 July to announce the city’s final seizure from ISIS. The campaign had begun in October, and was expected to be over...

ISIS After Mosul

ISIS After Mosul

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, ISIS is expected also to lose Raqqa, its last stronghold, on which its grip is already...

Mosul: A city in ruins

Mosul: A city in ruins

Jul 11, 2017

Nearly nine months of grueling urban warfare has left Mosul in ruins. The Iraqi army has almost entirely driven out the self-styled Islamic State group which had occupied the city for three years. But the Mosul they have taken back is unrecognizable. The old town is nothing but rumble, with much of the city flattened...

After Mosul’s fall: Islamic State’s presence in Iraq

After Mosul’s fall: Islamic State’s presence in Iraq

Jul 11, 2017

  Baghdad (dpa) – The Islamic State extremist movement has recently suffered military setbacks and lost ground in Iraq, including the militant group’s key stronghold of Mosul. Its operatives remain active, however, in the country’s north and west. Below, the most significant Islamic State locations in Iraq after Mosul: TEL AFAR Located in...

Mosul residents ‘lost everything’ in ISIL battle

Mosul residents ‘lost everything’ in ISIL battle

Jul 10, 2017

Civilians who have fled fighting in Mosul face a dire humanitarian crisis even as the Iraqi prime minister has formally declared victory against the Islamic State of the Levant and Iraq (ISIL). The Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday that civilians displaced by more than eight months of fighting are living in “incredible hardship” in...

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

Jul 9, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – With the battles of Mosul and Raqqa dislodging the Islamic State (ISIS) from its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the Syrian civil war becoming a war of attrition, the Middle East’s most acute conflicts are evolving fast. But that doesn’t mean they will soon be resolved. ISIS’s self-proclaimed...