Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Editorial: That ongoing and never-ending war


Again with this?

Liberation of Mosul from ISIL is 'imminent', the UN envoy for Iraq says


Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) observed earlier this week:

At the beginning of the month, Iraqi officials were bragging about their substantial military gains against ISIS, saying that ISIS held less than 10 percent of the Old City area of Mosul, which is about 30 square km in size. Today, Iraqi special forces declared their mission accomplished, noting ISIS now controls only 8 square km of the Old City, which is more than 25%.
This has been a recurring problem for Iraq, which has been anticipating declaring outright “victory” over ISIS in Mosul since December of last year, and keeps projecting the “end of the month” every time a new month starts and ISIS still remains in the city.



Liberation of Mosul from ISIL is 'imminent', the UN envoy for Iraq says


It hasn't arrived yet.

map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control.

Day 216 of The Mosul Slog.

If it's going to take over 200 days to liberate or 'liberate' Mosul, what does that say about the state of Iraq?

What does it say about foreign fighters ever leaving Iraq?

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