The Iraqi armed forces’ efforts to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State are proceeding, but at a slow pace. Attempts to restart development of two northern fields are overly optimistic given recent IS attacks.

Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi declared that Iraqi forces had fully liberated eastern Mosul during his weekly press conference on 24 January. This is an important hallmark in the offensive to liberate Ninawa province, which was launched on 17 October.

Mosul, the...