Saturday, December 09, 2017


Iraqi government: Islamic State 'completely defeated' in country -
UPI reports: "Iraq's prime minister announced Saturday that the country's defense forces completely liberated the nation from the Islamic State.[...]  Last month, Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias began a final campaign against the militants along the country's Syrian border. [...] In all, the Islamic State controlled more than 34,000 square miles from the Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. Rawa was the last liberated city since the Islamic State took control in 2014."

Comment: How's the war in Iraq going? Pretty well according to this report. Many questions remain to be answered after the celebrations. Can they hold the territory? Will the Islamic State regroup in Iraq or migrate to another country? Has IS been defeated only to allow Iran to basically take over Iraq?

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