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Iraq: The next insurgency beckons after Mosul, rebooting Iraq’s cycle of violence

The battle of Mosul finally ended after 267 days of major combat operations and well over a year of preparations before that. But even before the final diehards were forced out of their last-stand locations Islamic State (IS or Daesh) jihadists had already begun their shift to terrorism tactics within the city of Mosul.Nearly seven years ago, in September 2010, GSN reported that Iraq’s stabilisation was already stalling: The Next Insurgency: Baathists and Salafists Pool Resources to Fight Iraqi Government).

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