How Real is Iraq's Mosul Victory Over ISIS?
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GUEST: Phyllis Bennis, Director, New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of numerous books including Understanding Isis and the New Global War on Terror and Ending the US War in Afghanistan. Her latest article in The Nation is entitled, " Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror".
BACKGROUND: The Iraqi government recently declared victory in Mosul, the stronghold of the Islamic State. Many months of fighting, bombing, and shelling has reduced the once grand and historic city to rubble while tens of thousands of its residents have fled.
Despite Iraq's triumphant declarations of having defeated ISIS, pockets of fighting remain active and there are reports of a hundred or more residents being trapped in the city.
The fight against ISIS in Iraq has been used to justify on-going American involvement in the war-torn nation. Under the Trump administration that situation is likely to escalate given the President's bombastic campaign rhetoric.