Summary: As the ISIS took over one of Iraq’s most strategic cities, Mosul, analysts assess Iraq’s needs. ISIS’s threat is mainly centered around Mosul and Al Fallujah. At this stage there is no alternative to the military approach considering the ISIS’s military capabilities. Beyond that, Iraq can never be free of ISIS unless it completely abandons sectarian discourse and moves towards a none-sectarian national unity government.
Iraq will only be able to combat terrorism through a change in government that takes society away from sectarianism. Instead of sectarian identities, Iraqi identity must be reformed as a unifying national identity.