WorldViews: Six cities in Iraq where U.S. victories turned into defeat

By Swati Sharma, June 24, 2014

City names that were frequently in newspapers years ago have returned to the headlines. One by one, towns in Iraq are falling to either Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda splinter group, to Kurdish militants or to other tribal forces. The cities where soldiers fought and overthrew violent insurgencies are now the scenes of bloodshed once again. Here is a look back at Washington Post stories that described these regions after U.S. victories, and the bleak conditions in those cities today.

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