Jamie Dettmer, VOA: Mosul: What's Next?
The battle for Mosul has been bloody and slow — for Iraqi soldiers and civilians alike.
Since Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake the city, Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in the country, last October, Iraqi troops have had to endure rockets and mortars, suicide-bombings and sniper fire, as well as unconventional small drone attacks.
With Iraqi forces now focused on the western half of the city after a months-long slog to secure east Mosul, questions about what will happen to the city after IS fighters have finally been ousted are becoming more urgent.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 22, 2017
A Fiercer Fight to Come in Mosul: Analysis -- Stratfor
Mosul: Winning the Battle and the War -- General Jack Keane, Cipher Brief
U.S. Troops Don't Belong In Syria: America Should Stay Out Of Another Middle Eastern Ground War -- Doug Bandow, Forbes
Syria peace talks: is there any hope for an end to six years of war? -- Patrick Wintour, The Guardian
Groundhog day in Geneva: old questions haunt Syria talks -- Tom Miles and John Irish, Reuters
How America Can Avoid a War with China -- Joe Renouard, National Interest
China’s Weapons of Trade War -- Keyu Jin, Project Syndicate
NATO, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
Markets Are Right to Take a Le Pen Presidency Seriously -- Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg
The Dutch Election Is About More Than Nationalism -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Trump’s China challenge -- Brahma Chellaney, The Strategist
Trump and Russia: Confusion at the Top -- John E. Herbst, American Interest
Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game -- George Neumay, Spectator
How McMaster Could Change the Way the US Goes to War -- Patrick Tucker, Defense One
Fighting Irregular Wars Well -- C. Anthony Pfaff, The Strategy Page