Shia militiamen undergo training before the upcoming battle to recapture Mosul in Diyala province, Iraq [REUTERS]
Al Jazeera: Why delay doesn't make sense in Mosul
Don't postpone the battle but do stay engaged for long enough to stabilise Mosul.
In March 2016, I wrote a piece in Al Jazeera that asked the question: what would happen if the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) lost control of Mosul tomorrow? The piece was a reaction to conventional wisdom that Mosul could not be liberated in 2016, as publicly stated by US intelligence officials at the time.
The Iraqi security forces (ISF) ultimately did advance quicker than most observers had anticipated. And with the ISF preparing to surround ISIL's Iraqi capital in the next four to six weeks, it has suddenly become fashionable to think about the "day after" in Mosul.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 5, 2016
Aleppo: The Capital of Western Indifference -- Thannassis Cambanis, The Atlantic
Why The Battle For Aleppo Is So Important -- Alice Fordham, NPR
Aleppo will eventually fall, but Syrian war will go on -- Samia Nakhoul, Reuters
Syria isn’t a cold war conflict: the US and Russia can’t just fix it -- Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian
Without jobs, Tunisia's shining revolution begins to dim -- Taylor Luck, CSM
In Colombia’s Hope, Afghanistan’s Future -- Alex Thier & Scott Worden, Defense One
Uzbekistan, An Opportunity for U.S. Engagement In Central Asia -- James D. Durso, RCD
Is America Going to Turn on Pakistan? -- Shivaji Kumar, National Interest
23 Years After ‘Black Hawk Down,’ America Is Back at War in Somalia -- Peter Dörrie, National Interest
Who Will Exit the EU Next? -- Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor
Despite Brexit turmoil, British politics is healthy -- Peter Apps, Reuters
The World Has Passed the Old Grand Strategies -- Michael J. Mazarr, WOTR
Do referendums work? Questions rise after 'no' votes in Colombia, Hungary -- Sara Miller Llana and Emily Wright, CSM
Deutsche Bank, Lehman and the End-of-Days Debate -- Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg