The Battle of Mosul

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The Battle of Mosul

Postby GregB » July 10th, 2017, 6:59 am

After months of violent combats and many casualties (including civilians), as well as large-scale destruction, ISIS has finally been defeated and cleared out of this city in northern Iraq, where the shadowy figure, al-Baghdadi, declared the Islamic caliphate in 2015 after ISIS had taken the city. There now remains the major city of Raqqa, the declared ISIS capital in northern Syria, to be retaken, after which ISIS-held territory will be reduced to mostly uninhabited areas across the Syria/Iraq border.

Observers warn, though, that this is not the end of ISIS. Its tentacles have spread throughout other areas of the Middle East and its active involvement in, and sponsorship of, jihadist terrorism is increasing and will now probably grow exponentially. This particular dragon has not been slain yet.
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Re: The Battle of Mosul

Postby sarniajoy » July 10th, 2017, 7:22 am

ISIS is evil, and the sooner they are defeated the better. However, it is sad that some tar all Muslims with the same brush. :(
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Re: The Battle of Mosul

Postby GregB » July 10th, 2017, 7:29 am

Sarniajoy wrote:ISIS is evil, and the sooner they are defeated the better.

From my opening post:
"Observers warn, though, that this is not the end of ISIS. Its tentacles have spread throughout other areas of the Middle East and its active involvement in, and sponsorship of, jihadist terrorism is increasing and will now probably grow exponentially. This particular dragon has not been slain yet."

From a New Statesman article:
"It is important to not forget IS affiliates around the world like Boko Haram in Nigeria, IS in Khorasan (Afghanistan), Sinai, Libya, Chad or Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines..."
"One of the biggest concerns is the flow of people back. Foreign fighters disenfranchised by losses on the ground or tired after years of conflict are heading home. Some are no doubt eager to seek a conflict-free life, but others are being sent back to build networks or launch attacks."
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Re: The Battle of Mosul

Postby GregB » July 28th, 2017, 7:41 am

From an online article about the continuing threat of ISIS:
"ISIS may be under pressure in Syria and Iraq, but that may mean greater threats outside the immediate combat zone, which has fueled worries by Western officials. As a result, the United States has compiled a list that it's circulating to other countries of 19,000 ISIS foreign fighters presumed to be on the loose...The UK, France, and Germany have already had hundreds of jihadists return from Iraq and Syria:"

According to a recent Guardian article:
"Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.
The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by US intelligence from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.
European counter-terror networks are concerned that as the Isis “caliphate” collapses, there is an increasing risk of determined suicide bombers seeking to come to Europe, probably operating alone."
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