- The Slow Build to The Battle of Mosul for 10/19/2016On October 16, the Iraqi government officially declared that offensive operations to retake the city of Mosul have officially begun. The announcement was a political statement signaling moral determination, akin to saying "the die is cast." Since the official government announcement, several Iraqi military leaders have attempted to curb expectations of quick victory. One Iraqi […]
- The Battle of Dabiq: Will ISIS Sell Out the Apocalypse? for 10/12/2016The looming battle for the small Syrian town of Dabiq presents Islamic State commanders with a well-deserved dilemma. Do they retreat from Dabiq's "physical" ruins north of Aleppo or do they fanatically defend the "metaphysical" Dabiq of Muslim tradition in a battle that is a sign of Earth's end times? Unlike al-Qaida, ISIS controls territory. […]
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