According to The Economist (UK):
Islamic State: On Its Way Out
Iraq’s army has taken most of western Mosul, the last redoubt of Islamic State in the country. Yesterday army units took Mosul’s main government complex and about half of the old city. The airport fell a week or so earlier, and all roads in and out of the city are in government hands. With Mosul recaptured, the rout of IS in Iraq will be complete. The caliphate’s short, brutal life is drawing to a close, writes our Middle East and Africa editor.
What happened? I thought “we” (aka the U.S.) had to “do something.”
Those of us who said that even though we created that mess, it was not for us to clean up because we would have just made things worse just by being there … we can feel a little smug at this point.
Okay, smug break is over, back to work. I don’t want you to sprain an elbow patting yourself on the back. (Of course you have to do it; no one else will.)