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Lessons of Fallujah

Lessons of Fallujah

Two weeks after launching an all-out offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State fighters who have held the city since 2014, Iraqi government officials declared victory over the weekend after government troops recaptured the center of the city. Though sporadic fighting continues in a few outlying districts, reports suggest most of the militants have fled. Now the question is what happens next.

That's important because Fallujah, where U.S. forces fought bloody battles in 2004 against al-Qaida, ISIS' predecessor, is a microcosm of Iraq's deep sectarian divides and the political crisis created by the Shiite-led Iraqi government's failure to address the demands of the country's...