Middle East update: July 11 2017

and that's the way it was

IRAQ

As you may have heard, the Battle for Mosul is now officially over. Unfortunately, the fighting in Mosul is not. The United Nations estimates that some 3000 civilians, mostly disabled, elderly, and children, are still trapped in a small pocket of the Old City where several ISIS fighters are believed to be holed up.

The Washington Post has produced a summary of the full Mosul campaign including a nifty animated map for those who appreciate that sort of thing.

The violence has, thankfully, sufficiently settled enough that Iraq’s political leaders now feel comfortable resuming their beefs:

With the battle over political disputes have started coming to the fore. Moqtada al-Sadr demanded that those responsible for the fall of Mosul in 2014 be held responsible. He was referring to his political opponent Nouri al-Maliki that Sadr’s parliamentarians (MPs) have targeted before for Mosul. Two MPs on the…

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