ISIS, which was driven out of Iraq and Syria in 2014, is back in the region with a vengeance.
It has grown from a handful of armed factions to a formidable group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or ISIS, the world’s largest jihadist group.
As it continues to wreak havoc, experts and policymakers are beginning to realise its threat is far more than just a violent ideology.
Here are five ways to stop ISIS and how.
Bombing and destroying targets in Iraq The Islamic State’s latest attempt to make inroads in Iraq is its latest offensive in Mosul, the capital of the Nineveh province that includes Mosul and the vast majority of its territory.
On Friday, the group launched a suicide bombing attack on a mosque in the centre of the city that killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens more.
On Saturday, the military launched an operation to destroy two of its main bases in Mosul.
The first was a small outpost in the old city, which is now under the control of the Iraqi army.
The second, known as the ‘mara’ (a reference to the ancient name of the town), is located near the city’s airport and is now in a heavily fortified position.
The militants have also used it as a launch pad for launching attacks on Iraqi forces and civilians, and they have also fired on Iraqi military aircraft and destroyed at least two Iraqi armoured vehicles.
This attack was aimed at disrupting a meeting between President Fuad Masum and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the eastern part of the capital.
The plan was to give Abadi a direct briefing on what the military was doing to disrupt the meeting, but the president refused to attend.
The attack on the mosque is believed to have been part of a broader attack that the militants have been planning since last year.
Military operation to take back territory in Syria The military operation to retake Mosul has been going on since January and it is expected to be a huge one.
The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes in support of the ground offensive, as well as in support for Kurdish fighters, but it is now looking at the possibility of launching a major ground operation.
The operation is expected in the form of a joint operation by Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Iranian-backed Shia militias.
In recent weeks, Iraqi forces have moved deep into Raqqa province to take out the last major ISIS stronghold in the country.
This is a huge achievement in the battle against the group, but there are many concerns about how it will be carried out.
The air force has been slow in responding to a large-scale air campaign against IS in Raqqa and is currently targeting the Islamic state’s only supply route into Iraq.
There are also fears the air force could be distracted by another major battle that could be underway in northern Iraq.
This could lead to a major loss of life in the north.
There is also the prospect that the US will seek to use the operation to advance its regional campaign against Iran and Syria, which has already begun.
US-Iraq ties The US has been a key partner in Iraq’s efforts to retake the country, which began under President Barack Obama.
Washington has been helping to coordinate the fight against ISIL with Iraqi forces since 2015.
But since 2015, there have been a number of major problems in Washington’s relationship with the Iraqi government, which it has long criticised.
For example, Washington has not been fully transparent with the American public about the extent of its involvement in the fight.
In May, President Donald Trump announced a series of changes to US policy towards Iraq and was widely criticised for doing so.
The changes came as the US began its withdrawal from Iraq in 2018.
These included a review of its relationship with Baghdad, which Trump criticised as ‘weak and incompetent’.
The president also announced a major troop withdrawal in December, saying the US would withdraw by the end of 2021, with a focus on the fight with the so-called Islamic State.
He also announced plans to give Iraq a greater role in regional security, with the aim of “uniting Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia in a common effort against radical extremism”.
However, the president has since reversed himself and announced that the American troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely.
‘Greater unity’ between Iraq and Iran Since the US-Iranian relationship was at its peak under President Donald J Trump, there has been an effort by both governments to establish greater political and economic ties.
The relationship between the two countries was on the upswing under President Hassan Rouhani and has been improving under President Trump.
On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to take Iran and Iraq to war.
However, he was also very clear in his decision not to send ground troops to fight the group in Iraq.
It is important to note that this policy shift was largely the result of the Trump administration having to deal with a number and issues that were largely at the heart of its first year in office.
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