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As the U.S. and its allies prepare to attack the terrorist group’s stronghold in Iraq, the real challenge is the chaos that could come after
To the lurid butchers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the Pentagon says, Picture this:
It’s April in Iraq, the brief season of fine fighting weather after the winter gully washers and before the crippling heat and sandstorms of summer. Outside Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control, is an army of roughly 25,000 men, drawn from a cross-section of Iraqi society: Sunni tribesmen determined to rid themselves of the fanatics. Shi‘ite militiamen eager to reassert the authority of Baghdad. Battle-hardened Kurds of the peshmerga army ready to seal off escape and resupply routes.
The last time ISIS confronted an Iraqi army in Mosul—in June 2014—the government soldiers melted like soft-serve ice cream, setting …