What was supposed to be a glorious triumph for Iraq has turned into an exhausting war of attrition.
Even when ISIS is defeated, unless different groups can repair their relationship, violent extremism will remain, and peace in Iraq will stay elusive.
A victory in its second-biggest city would be a spectacular turnaround, but the country still has years or even decades of rebuilding ahead of it.
Could the Iraqi army's banner offensive against IS tear it apart?
Mesopotamia is known as the 'Cradle of Civilization'. We must not let it continue to be a cradle for genocide and terrorism.
Initially heralded as the beginning of the end for IS, the effort to take back Iraq's second city is flailing.
The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East is getting worse by the day. A survey of aid workers provides a glimpse into life on the ground, and clues to why the humanitarian sector is ailing.
Guerrilla tactics are hampering the advance into Iraq's northern capital.
The costly reconquest of the city will not significantly impact the group's transnational strategy
How far back in history does one have to go to find the roots of the so-called Islamic State? The first article in our series on the genesis of the terrorist outfit considers some fundamentals.