After Isis, then what? The scramble for Mosul

Inside the coalition against Islamic State, a quieter battle is being waged for the fate of northern Iraq

At night, the temperature around the Islamic State-held city of Mosul drops to around 80°F. At the Bashiqa front line, 15 miles northeast of the city, it would feel pleasant and almost calm, were it not for the steady sound of exploding shells. Most of life is tea and cigarettes. It’s like a quiet day on the Western Front, minus the mud.

  • ISIS is not finished.

    If driven out of major regions, they will exist as guerilla groups and ‘lone wolves”.

    ISIS must be eliminated and its ideology withered.