Tue, 21 June 2016
The American-led war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is aimed at knocking out IS with a one-two punch, expelling them from their Syrian and Iraqi capitol cities, Raqqa and Mosul. How’s it going? Hard to say, because very few reporters go there to see. One who has gone recently to Northern Iraq is Pulitzer Prize winner Roy Gutman.
Roy went to areas where Kurdish pershmerga are fighting IS with the help of American special forces on the ground and American planes above. And he talked with leaders from the Kurdistan Regional Government. The American imperative to take the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, Roy says, probably won’t happen during President Obama’s term of office.