The Petropolitical Fate of Mosul

From the World’s Oil Field to ISIS Stronghold

Mosul. Translated literally: “linking point”; or loosely: “Junction City.”

Cradle of Civilization, Ottoman province. Mapped perforce into the consolation prize nation of Iraq. For a time, the center of ISIS's aspirational "New Caliphate." Mosul has a long and rich history and faces an uncertain future—and Edwin Black illustrates the paths.