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Basra Rising

I want to add to what I wrote earlier today about progress in Basra. In addition to what’s unfolding in Basra, Iraqi forces are now intensifying their operations in Mosul (which is in northern Iraq). And it appears that the JAM militia in Sadr City felt the pressure and have now sought a deal. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) also just launched initial operations into Maysan Province (a majority Shia Arab province that borders Iran) — the first time in eight months or so that the Iraqi army has carried out such operations. In sum: The ISF are on the move just about everywhere. One cannot underscore enough that problems remain – or even that these things won’t be easy to sustain. But it’s good, very good, to see the forces in Iraq who are for liberation and opposed to jihadism on the offensive, and meeting with success.

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