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War without end?

The problem in Iraq and Syria is that all parties to the conflicts are able to imagine their prospects vis-a-vis one another if ISIS ceased to exist, and so cooperating may not be their priority.

People returning to their village, south of Mosul, after it was liberated from ISIS militants. The fundamental problems of Iraq and Syria are unlikely to be resolved until they do become states of all their citizens, with representative governments.

THE forces arrayed against ISIS in Iraq seem to have such a decisive advantage in number and armament that the outcome of their offensive to retake Mosul seems hardly to be in doubt. After that, the entire ISIS position in northern Iraq should crumble, and then it could not be long before...

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