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Commentary: Why we’re not cheering defeat of Islamic State in Mosul

  • Imanuddin Razak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 15 2017   /  12:16 am

The Iraqi government exuberantly declared victory over the Islamic State (IS) movement in Mosul on Monday, exactly three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of their “Islamic caliphate.”

It was such a bold achievement of the allied forces, which had enjoyed air and ground support from a United States-led coalition in the offensive launched in October to recapture the northern Iraqi city, as it also meant that they had managed to weaken and carve up the movement.

Yet, the success of rooting IS out of Iraq does not mean that the movement has completely disappeared. Similarly, the assassination of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad in May 2011 proved that his loyalists and supporters could continue to exist despite the death of al-Qaeda’s supreme leader, with some even shifting allegiance to the then emerging IS.

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