“Like mercury” .. Warnings of the return of ISIS in Iraq

13 September, 2022
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“Like mercury” .. Warnings of the return of ISIS in Iraq

Although Iraq announced the defeat of ISIS in late 2017 after it was expelled from all the major cities it controlled in 2014, warnings are issued from time to time of the possibility of the extremist organization returning to the fore again in light of the exacerbation of the political conflict in the country, according to analysts. .


In an opinion article published by the Wall Street Journal, the writer spoke that ISIS is preparing to make a comeback in Iraq, especially in areas near the borders of the Kurdistan Region in and around Erbil and in Sulaymaniyah as well.


The writer Bernard Levy said that the organization has also begun to regain its positions in the caves and tunnels of the Qaraqosh Mountains near Mosul, and it is testing the capabilities of the Peshmerga forces daily by launching attacks in the vicinity of the town of Al-Kwer, southwest of Erbil.

Levy noted that the Kurds' European and American partners do not appreciate the threat posed by ISIS and view it as a tumor that has been eradicated.


But the truth, according to the writer, is that ISIS is like “mercury” as a poisonous liquid that evaporates, but it remains suspended, waiting for its opponents to lower their guard so that it can pounce again.


Hassan Abu Haniyeh, an expert on extremist groups, agrees with this proposition. He believes that after losing the last enclave in Syria in Baghouz in 2019, ISIS has shifted from “wars of spatial control to guerrilla wars and attrition and adopted a new principle based on the temporary overthrow of cities.”


Abu Haniyeh added to Al-Hurra that "ISIS imposes a kind of invisible control similar to the mafia in the areas near the Kurdistan region of Iraq."


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