Prob­a­ble fail­ure threat­ens Bat­tle of Mo­sul

The Week Middle East - - Front Page - Os­man Mirghani

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.

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