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Without territory or new recruits, Islamic State is in its death throes



The last fighters are holding out, just. The leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive but hiding somewhere in the desert. We have already had one “final defeat” of Islamic State. This came 18 months ago when the organisation’s capital, Raqqa, fell. Once, it held territory the size of the UK; now, it holds a square kilometre of the remote town of Baghouz in eastern Syria. Soon, it will no longer hold even that.

 

There is a strong argument for caution before anyone talks of “mission accomplished”. Many of the circumstances that favoured the rise of the organisation remain. In Iraq, these include the weakness of the state and security forces, the dominance of the Shia majority and the shortsightedness of its leaders, as well as the al...
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Bafel Talabani: Another intra-Kurdish conflict will not happen


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New Findings Show Lack of Durable Solutions for Displaced Iraqis


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has identified 1.8 million displaced Iraqis, while 4,000 families live outside the camps.

 

The organization said in a report...


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