Robert Troy Souza is a Middle East Research Analyst at the Center for the Study of Targeted Killing. He is also an Assistant Managing Editor for the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in Washington, DC. Previous examples of his work can be found in the CTC Sentinel, Middle East Policy, Real Clear Defense and The Huffington Post.
Islamic State’s (IS) greatest conquest was its bold June 2014 seizure of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and home to approximately two million predominately Sunni inhabitants. For almost three years,