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After ISIS, What is Next for Iraq?

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Will the US and its allies develop a better plan for Iraq after their latest victory?


With growing confidence that ISIS has been stripped of any significant control in Mosul, signifying a return of the group’s last bastion back to the Iraq people, the question now is what lies ahead for the war-torn country?

Though declarations of victory against oppression have come before, the follow up has wielded little improvement to the way the people of Iraq are controlled by ruling party authority.

With momentum shifting to the people, is Iraq destined to turn the page and begin the process of a peaceful rebuild that is inclusive of people from all walks of life? Or will it continue the cycle of violence and dissension that has prohibited progress for the last few decades?

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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