On Security

Living With the Islamic State

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jun 30, 2016 | 09:01 GMT
An Iraqi army Humvee on patrol in Fallujah as security forces wrest control from the Islamic State
Iraqi forces drive through the city of Fallujah, which they reclaimed from the Islamic State on June 26 after a weekslong battle. The city's loss marks a major symbolic defeat for the jihadist group.

After over a month of fighting, the Iraqi government has at last reclaimed the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State's grasp. Clearing the city of any remaining fighters could take weeks, and removing the booby traps left behind will almost certainly take months. Nevertheless, the June 26 defeat is a huge symbolic loss for the jihadist group and a significant victory for the forces trying to discredit and destroy it....

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