Erin Banco, IBTimes: ISIS In Iraq: Why The Iraqi Military Has Taken So Long To Defeat Islamic State Group In Fallujah
It’s been two years, but the battle for Fallujah is not over.
After Iraqi security forces announced victory there last weekend, the U.S. said that only a third of the city, situated in Iraq's western Anbar province, had been cleared of Islamic State group militants. The main obstacle for a clean win is money — or a lack of it. The years of combat have taken their toll on the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the terrorist group, also known as ISIS. And at a cost of billions of dollars, it's one of the most expensive battles since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 23, 2016
Iraq: The battle for Fallujah shows the US needs Iran -- Ibrahim al-Marashi, Al Jazeera
Falluja gains boost Iraqi PM ahead of Mosul, but for how long? -- Stepehn Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters
Yuri Kozyrev: On the Front Lines of the War Against ISIS -- Jared Malsin, Time
Tehran drags Moscow deeper into Syria -- Ali Hashem, Al Monitor
Iran's Foreign Policy Is in Chaos. How Should America Respond? -- John Allen Gay, National Interest
Oh. So That's Why Boeing Wanted the Iran Deal. -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
U.S. display of military power act of hegemony -- Zhong Sheng, en.People.cn
The Okinawans Treat Americans With Utmost Respect. We Need To Do The Same -- Jessica Brown, Task & Purpose
Why the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mansour won’t bring peace to Afghanistan -- Vanda Felbab-Brown, VOX
Ukraine's Long Crisis -- Melinda Haring, Atlantic Council
Venezuela reaps what Chavez sowed -- Konrad Yakubuski, The Globe and Mail
Venezuela’s opposition just took one step closer to ousting President Maduro -- VICE News and Reuters
Venezuela's worsening economic crisis – the Guardian briefing -- The Guardian
Peace, at last, in Colombia -- The Economist
Saudi Arabia Declares Cease-Fire in Oil War -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg