Retaking Raqqa will be much harder than Mosul—but U.S. officials talk like both may fall at once.
The IRGC has deep ties with Moscow; the Rouhani government isn't so enthusiastic.
The Islamic State is losing on the battlefield and in the war of ideas.
Putin is making moves all around the region.
The radical Ikhwan, who helped unify the country but then rebelled, echo today.
Its long-term goals are out of the question.
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