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As ISIS Nears Defeat, Old Rivalries Flare Up With Oil at Stake

In 2014, when Islamic State rushed into northern Iraq, the region’s rival factions and their international backers turned their attention to defeating the extremists despite old rivalries, sectarian divisions, and differing agendas. Three years later, as Islamic State nears defeat, having been expelled from its stronghold of Mosul and its […]


RUSSIA, IRAN, OTHER ASSAD ALLIES AND ENEMIES CASH IN ON SUCCESS IN SYRIA, BUT U.S. LEFT OUT

BY TOM O’CONNOR ON 8/17/17 AT 1:08 PM  http://www.newsweek.com/russia-iran-assad-ally-enemy-syria-war-us-651953 Syria is hosting its first international trade fair in five years, a sign of increased stability in the embattled nation’s capital and a statement of victory from the government, which has been embroiled in a war with armed opposition groups and jihadists […]


Islamic State Is Dying on the Battlefield—and Winning on the Internet

July20, 2017 After Iraqi forces reclaimed control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, on July 10, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared “total victory” over Islamic State. The American commander of the global ­coalition to defeat the group, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, said the loss of Mosul had […]