The operation to free ISIS-held Mosul has stalled

As predicted in The Duran ISIS has not abandoned Mosul but is resisting fiercely whilst the US led Iraqi coalition offensive to recapture the city has stalled. If Mosul is not recaptured from ISIS before Inauguration Day in January, then it will be open for US President Trump and Russian President Putin to agree a joint plan for its recapture.

Turkey and Iraq going to war?

The US plays a difficult and complex game as it tries to manipulate Turkish President Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman ambitions whilst pursuing its own geopolitical objectives in Iraq and Syria.