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Ali al-Mashhadani / Reuters - Shortly after his resignation as Iraq's finance minister, Rafie al-Issawi attends an anti-government demonstration in Ramadi on March 1, 2013.

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Beyond the 'easy part': Next steps in Iraq

May 12, 2015, Michael E. O'Hanlon

In the campaign against ISIL, there are two main theaters of combat — Iraq and Syria. Currently, the Iraq strategy is seen as the more promising of the two main lines of effort. However, Michael E. O'Hanlon argues, the Iraq challenge is far from straightforward. It is not just a question of whether the cities and other populated parts of provinces such as Ninewa, Anbar, and Salahuddin will be liberated, but by whom, and how. It is also crucial to think through who will hold them afterwards.

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