Iraq May Take Fallujah From ISIS But Battle for Hearts Minds Is What Matters

Iraq may retake Falluja – but to defeat Isis it must win back hearts and minds | Ranj Alaaldin | Opinion | The Guardian
The battle for Falluja will almost certainly bring the city back under the control of the government – but at what cost and towards what end? Falluja is a symbol of resistance against occupation for many sections of Iraqi society, particularly among the Sunni Arab population. Even the US, with its powerful armed forces, equipment and intelligence capabilities, struggled to control the city and, in the end, managed only to contain rather than actually eliminate the insurgency and other militant groups during its occupation.

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