But if there were, terror would be winning. In Iraq, as Bill Roggio and Patrick Megahan report, in Long War Journal:

After seizing control of the northern city of Mosul in the past 24 hours, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has advanced southward and taken control of territory in the provinces of Salahaddin and Kirkuk. In Kirkuk province, ISIS fighters "overran the Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh and Abbasi areas west of the city of Kirkuk, and Rashad and Yankaja to its south," Colonel Ahmed Taha told AFP.

And in Syria, as Ryan Lucas of the AP reports:

An offensive by a breakaway al-Qaida group in eastern Syria against Islamic rebel factions has killed more than 630 people and uprooted at least 130,000 since the end of April, an activist group said Tuesday.

While in Pakistan where, as Ishaan Tharoor of the Washington Post, reports the "Taliban is winning,”

On Sunday night, Pakistani security forces waged an hours-long firefight with militants who assaulted the main airport in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. At least 28 people were killed, according to the BBC, including all 10 assailants.

In Afghanistan, of course, the war continues and the allies continue to take casualties, the latest being five Americans killed by friendly fire.

Meanwhile, the poppies grow.

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