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Defense secretary Mattis says US policy against Isis is now 'annihilation' - The Guardian

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, shown Saturday at the military academy West Point, said Sunday that the US planned to “accellerate the campaign against Isis”. Photograph: Julie Jacobson/AP. US military. Defense secretary Mattis says US policy ...and more »

Operation merciless - Qantara.de

The battle for Mosul should have been brought to an end a long time ago. Last October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised the city would be liberated within three months. But the battle for what used to be Iraq's second largest city has now ...and more »

France is 'hunting down its citizens who joined Isis' without trial in Iraq - The Independent

An Isis fighter holds up the group's flag after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul on 23 June 2014. A seven-month long US-led coalition effort to free the city has almost succeeded in its goal Reuters. France is allegedly providing crucial intelligence ...and more »

Bulldozers have become more crucial — and more vulnerable — in the fight against the Islamic State - Washington Post

MOSUL, Iraq — On the front lines, the jagged teeth of a young soldier's bulldozer mark the beginning of Iraq's territory and the end of the Islamic State's. Pvt. Mohammed Ali al-Shwele is 19, weathered and lean. He has been shot at, rocketed and ...and more »

Mattis: US in new era of protracted, small wars with extremists - Washington Times

Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks into Michie Stadium to give the commencement address, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in West Point, N.Y. Nine Hundred and thirty six cadets received their diplomas, most of whom will be commissioned as second ...and more »

The “Liberation” of Mosul: Another Fallujah, Dresden – or Hiroshima? - Center for Research on Globalization

“In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.” – (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010.) When the US, UK and their fellow destroyers of nations embarked, in October last year, on ...and more »

Could ISIS Have Been Averted? - Foreign Policy (blog)

Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did. By Peter Feaver. | May 31, 2017, 4:23 PM. US-made armoured vehicles drive down a road in western Mosul's al-Rifai ...and more »

Iraqi forces advance on ISIS-held neighborhoods in western Mosul - CNN

(CNN) Iraqi forces have taken another step toward wresting Mosul from ISIS. Security forces launched a large-scale military operation Saturday to take the remaining neighborhoods under ISIS control in western Mosul, the country's Joint Operation ...and more »

France's Special Forces Hunt French Militants Fighting for Islamic State - Wall Street Journal

MOSUL, Iraq—French special forces here have for months enlisted Iraqi soldiers to hunt and kill French nationals who have joined the senior ranks of Islamic State, according to Iraqi officers and current and former French officials. Iraqi commanders ...and more »

A Gaucho Medic in Mosul: Airstrikes Save Lives - Daily Nexus

Unless you're currently waging war for “the Caliphate,” I think we can all agree that it sucks when civilians die in war. There are many reasons why unarmed civilians pay the heaviest price in modern conflicts, but I'm not going to discuss those ...and more »