After the fall of Mosul, the battle for Tal Afar, a town in northwestern Iraq under the control of the Islamic State (IS) is underway. The road to Raqqa, the de facto headquarters of the IS, and its last bastion, will be built on the battlefronts of Iraq and from the rubble of towns like Tal Afar. “Raqqa should go to the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” says Ibrahim al-Alshaiqer al-Jaafari, foreign minister of Iraq, in an interview with Fountain Ink in Delhi. The United States—which pro