Daniel R. DePetris
Security, Middle East
It’s only a matter of time before the Iraqi government’s writ is extended back to the city. But can it maintain control?
Almost three years ago, in June 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his band of bearded jihadist followers shocked the world by capturing Iraq’s second largest city in a matter of days. Pictures flooded the international airwaves showing a humiliated, desperate, tired and demoralized Iraqi army stripping off their uniforms, leaving their...