Tue, 4 October 2016
2016 has been a bad year in the conceptual Caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. IS territory has shrunk, with a defeat in the Iraqi city of Fallujah that followed an earlier one in Ramadi. Just as bad for IS, a big chunk, maybe 30%, of it’s financial infrastructure has been lost, much of it to American airpower. Eric Robinson of the RAND Corporation analyzes the war to bust the Islamic State’s piggy bank and liberate their last 2 strongholds. Facing immanent attack, the Iraqi city of Mosul, in more normal times, a city of more than a million people.