war on the rocks

The Battle of Mosul and the Future of Iraq

July 12, 2017

Episode Notes:

Few people in Washington know as much about Iraq as Douglas Ollivant, a senior fellow at New America's Future of War Project. Ryan spoke with Doug about Iraq's victory over the Islamic State, which saw the city of Mosul liberated from a hellish three-year period of jihadist control. How did Iraq's various security forces, from the Counter-Terrorism Service to the Army to the Pesh to the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilization Units fare? What does the battle mean for Iraq's political future and the legacy of Prime Minister Abadi? What does it have to teach us about Baghdad's relationships with Washington and Tehran?