Iraq. Militants take back Mosul, Tikrit and march on Baghdad

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  1. Canada has suspended training Iraqi and Kurdish troops due to the fighting between them. Canada suspends special forces training mission in Iraq amid Iraqi-Kurdish tensions
    Training won't be resumed until there is "clarity" on what the future relationships will be between the various security forces.
    It's not clear at this point whether other countries will do the same, or how shipments of arms and other supplies may be affected.
     
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  2. The Kurds worst enemy is themselves. They are disunited and suspicious of each other. All it took was Suleimani (of the IRGC) to pull on the strings of the PUK and their support of the (KDP originated) independence move collapsed.
     
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  3. Kurdish leader Barzani resigns after independence vote backfires
    He’s gone (wef 01.11.2017). Fallen on his sword as it were. Gunshots heard at the Parliament as some fighters wanted to punish MPs for insulting Barzani:
    US (as always) blamed despite saying not to hold the referendum:
     
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  4. Article on the toxic remains in Mosul. I expect that most of IS territory will be the same.

    When the sheep turn black, war's toxic legacy can no longer be ignored | Erik Solheim

    Pools of thick oil ran in the streets. In the sky above the town, the black smog mixed with white fumes from a nearby sulphur plant that the jihadists had also set on fire as they retreated. The plant burned for months, spewing as much sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere as a small volcanic eruption. Hundreds of people were hospitalised.

    The fires may have been extinguished, and Isis ousted from the city, but the environmental devastation caused by the battle for Mosul will linger for decades. The destruction of hospitals, weapons factories, industrial plants and power stations has left behind a toxic cocktail of chemicals, heavy metals and other harmful waste. Many of these pollutants are mixed up with unexploded bombs and mines in the vast amount of rubble generated by the fighting.

    Our team has already found high levels of lead and mercury in Mosul’s water and soil. This is the toxic legacy of one of the fiercest urban battles of the modern age.
     
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