Probable failure threatens Battle of Mosul
Osman Mirghani says that the Battle of Mosul, despite its importance, neither guarantees the end of Daesh nor that it will leave. Terrorist groups are like fungi, the moment they are eliminated they reappear in the same place, or elsewhere, often with a new name. Daesh itself grew out of the remains of Al-Qaeda by taking advantage of the political and sectarian chaos that followed the American invasion of Iraq. Conditions in Iraq haven’t significantly changed since then and Daesh metastasized from Iraq to Syria, followed by the announcement of its ‘caliphate’ and capture of Mosul in June, 2014. “Since the city collapsed to Daesh, several questions were raised but never answered. It has been rumoured that political and sectarian conspiracies led to the surrender of Iraq’s second-biggest city by withdrawing over 40,000 Iraqi forces who were facing hundreds of Daesh fighters. Today, over 35,000 members of the army, Peshmerga, and the Popular Mobilization Units are marching against 4,000 Daesh members amidst conflicts that will affect the military mission in the short and long term,” says Mirghani.