Fighters from the Iraqi Shi'ite Badr Organization walk past a poster depicting images of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on the outskirts of Fallujah. Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider: Iraqi forces have made 'rapid, unexpected' gains against ISIS, but the victories may signal an ominous new reality
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) entered the ISIS stronghold of Fallujah on Friday, recapturing the city's main government building and hospital with minimal resistance from the jihadists.
Tim Arango, The New York Times' Baghdad bureau chief, described the government forces' gains as "rapid and unexpected," noting that ISIS had abandoned checkpoints and was not preventing civilians from leaving the city. The group had, until now, been using civilians as human shields.
"The rapid, and unexpected, gains suggested a shift in tactics by the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, or perhaps a sign of their weakness, as they abandoned their dug-in positions and regrouped in western neighborhoods," Arango reported.
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WNU Editor: Even if the Islamic State is defeated on the battlefield in Iraq, its fanatical followers, its base within the Sunni areas of Iraq, outside supporters .... this conflict is not going to end anytime soon.