Zachary Burdette

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Zachary Burdette was a National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution and is an M.A. candidate at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program concentrating in military operations.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Inclement weather has stalled the Mosul offensive, the AP reports. Cloud cover is obstructing U.S. aircraft from conducting reconnaissance and close air support, so Iraqi government forces are taking the time to consolidate control over neighborhoods they have already taken rather than pushing forward. The same thing happened earlier this month.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

"It's becoming a nightmare," said one Iraqi colonel of the advance into Mosul. The relatively easy operations to clear Mosul’s outlying towns have given way to brutal urban warfare, Reuters reports. Iraqi forces have recaptured six of 60 neighborhoods in Mosul, but Islamic State militants are putting up fierce resistance through sniper fire, suicide bombers, and a 45 mile tunnel network that allows fighters to strike suddenly where and when government forces least expect it.