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ISIS Will Lose in Mosul. But Who Actually Wins?

And so the long-awaited battle for Mosul has begun. ISIS will almost certainly lose. Its fighters are outnumbered 10-to-1; they’ve never had to stave off a choke-and-squeeze offensive from all sides; and the city’s residents, many of whom have grown to loathe its oppressive occupation, will more likely aid than resist the liberators. But the main question isn’t whether ISIS will lose.
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