Trading One Islamic State for Another

The Iraqi offensive to retake the city of Fallujah stalled this past week after meeting terrific resistance from Islamic State fighters and amid concerns about all the civilians, including 20,000 children, still trapped inside that city. But the push to take Fallujah will resume before long, and in all likelihood it will succeed, albeit at considerable human cost. The question is: Who will benefit?

  • Bataviawillem


  • Norman_In_New_York

    If ISIS and the Shiites weaken each other, the Kurds will benefit.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    In a perfect world Fallujah would become a necropolis populated by ISIS, the Suni residents who live there, and the Iranian Shia militias that will be retaking it.
    They all need to spend the rest of eternity battling each other in Hell.

  • xavier

    What Booth and other experts don’t tell us is how costly for the Iranians has its 3 front war been? To me Iran will appear to be the big winner but what if in reality it seems like a phyrric victory and leaves them as exhausted as the Sassinad empire in the 6th century?

    Surely the wars have strained the Iranians’ military personnel capacity to the breaking point. Remember there’s no way that the Saudis and Turks will allow an Iranian victory and will gang up on Iran and force a Verdun type of exhaustion that could trigger unrest in Iran

  • Hard Little Machine

    this is why neutron bombs were invented. kill them all and leave the buildings standing.