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QUOTE: Real battle for Iraq’s future lies in Baghdad, not Ramadi

By Ruth Pollard,  January 2, 2016

Sydney Morning Herald: Even if Iraqi forces were to reoccupy all of the areas now controlled by IS and the Syrian city of Raqqa – now its unofficial capital – was liberated, without serious reform a group like the IS and all the chaos it causes will just re-emerge from the ashes, warns says Zaid al-Ali, an Iraqi lawyer and author of the book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future.

“Without serious security sector reform and serious justice sector reform in Iraq there is absolutely no point engaging in any of these initiatives,” says Ali, also a visiting lecturer and fellow at Princeton University.

Instead of dealing with the threat of Islamic State militants by undertaking military and police operations based on good intelligence, Iraqi forces were randomly rounding people up, arresting them and forcing them to pay bribes to get out.

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