Is Iraq coming to the end of 40 years of war?

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“The streets of the capital are packed with people shopping and eating in restaurants far into the night. Looking out my hotel window, I can see people for the first time in many years building things which are not military fortifications. There are no sinister smudges of black smoke on the horizon marking where bombs have gone off. Most importantly, there is a popular feeling that the twin victories of the Iraqi security forces in recapturing Mosul in July and Kirkuk on 16 October have permanently shifted the balance of power back towards stability. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once criticised as weak and vacillating, is today almost universally praised for being calm, determined and successful in battling Isis and confronting the Kurds.” (10/30/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/30/is-iraq-coming-to-the-end-of-forty-years-of-war/