Dec. 20, 2016
Recent military developments in Mosul, Iraq and Aleppo, Syria highlight the mounting successes of both those regimes and their armed forces, backed by outside powers. In contrast, the Syrian rebels and iSIS in Iran are in significant retreat. Islamic State (once called Daesh – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has lost extensive swathes of territory within the last few months and the largest city under its control, Mosul, is under siege. Iraqi government forces, augmented by Kurdish Pesh-murga and Afghan Shiite militias, threaten to invade the city and engage in house to house combat with Islamic State Jihadists.