The future of Islamic State

Backed by US-led coalition forces, Iraq launched the operation to retake Mosul in October.

"Many of the people who have fled have lost everything", said Lise Grande, the U.N.'s humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.

"It's related to trust".

Fine Gael's lead over Fianna Fáil is back to within the margin of error, according to the latest opinion poll.

Joint Operations Command Yahia Rasoul told EFE news on Saturday that the Iraqi forces were planning to announce victory over the IS very shortly.

"The West is not an ideological or economic term", wrote the Atlantic's Peter Beinart.

Abadi had been meeting military and political officials in Mosul in an atmosphere of celebration that contrasts with the fear that spread after a few hundred Islamic State militants seized the city and the Iraqi army crumbled in July 2014.

Mosul has played a key role in ISIS becoming a legitimate threat in the region and drawing recruits from abroad. And it had been the location from which ISIS was designing and resourcing much of its attack plots abroad in Europe and elsewhere. The Chibok schoolgirls were used by Boko Haram to bargain with the Nigerian government - reputedly, in exchange for freeing several Boko Haram commanders.

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Iraq and said Islamic State's days were numbered.

Townsend also said it was critical that the various Iraqi security forces that that participated in the fight, including Iraqi Sunni and Shia troops as well as Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, stay united in the fight against ISIS.

Gerges warned that the US must learn lessons from the Iraq war. The high casualty rates will likely undermine the forces' ability to continue the fight against IS in the pockets of territory they still hold in Iraq.

"ISIS 2.0 from emerging, the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different", he said.

Any act of liberation in Iraq or Syria that condones any one sect or an ethnic group persecuting another can only serve to make the resurrection of violent extremists groups even more prompt and all the more precarious.

"Y$3 ou don't have to have a deep familiarity with the tropes of white supremacy to see this s*** for what it clearly is".

The last such poll was taken six weeks ago - just as the Fine Gael leadership contest was reaching its climax. "The administration that he served in locked up more black, African-American men than those enslaved in 1850", said former Bernie Sanders campaign staffer Tezlyn Figar.

US and Iraqi officials have spoken of creating eight self-governing areas in and around Mosul. In western neighborhoods like Zanjili, destruction was estimated to be 70 percent of all houses, buildings and infrastructure.

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled, braving mines and savage IS sniper fire. They need shelter, food, health care, water, sanitation and emergency kits. The overwhelming majority - 80 percent - of these children are female. IS militants have also been using drones to drop explosives on SDF militiamen.

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