Iraq

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Just weeks after seizing swaths of northern and central Iraq, the jihadi extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have driven out the remaining Christians of Mosul. A...(full article)

At the heart of Tehran’s anxieties lies a decades-old fear of spillover of the Kurdish self-determination movement, and an independent and secular Kurdistan becoming a geopolit...(full article)

The United States has sent additional military advisers to Iraq and increased the number of drone flights to 50 per day, up from one flight a month. Yet so far this has done littl...(full article)

In Raqqa, Syria, which serves as the Islamic State’s de facto capital, women who go out without a male chaperone or aren’t fully covered in public are subject to arrests and ...(full article)

The ن is now being shared on social media as a symbol of solidarity with the Iraqi Christians forced to flee their homes. The Catholic blog Rorate Caeli has wrote, the Islamists &...(full article)

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An Increasingly Intolerant Middle East - William Dalrymple, The Guardian

In a Middle East rebuilt on intolerant ideologies, there is likely to be little place for beleaguered minorities....

With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut; it’s a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other....

In a Syrian City, ISIS Puts Vision into Practice - Ben Hubbard, NY Times

Long before extremists rolled through Iraq and seized a large piece of territory, the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took over most of Raqqa Province, home to a...

How to Save Iraq - Zalmay Khalilzad & Kenneth Pollack, New Republic

The most important thing to understand about Iraq today is also the hardest. The country has fallen once more into civil war, a recurrence of the civil war of 2006-2008. In 2007-20...

The New Thirty Years' War - Richard Haass, Project Syndicate

It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith. But the conflict is also between militants and moderates, fueled by neighboring rulers seeki...

Iraq's Odd Obsession with Faisal II - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

One can see this yearning for an Iraqi role in the world in the biography of King Faisal I by Ali Allawi, a former Iraqi minister of finance after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. F...

A Cataclysmic Purge in the Middle East - Hassan Mneimneh, GMF

The governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria must each assume some direct responsibility for the current unfolding horror. The Saudi government is locked into a quasi-sui...

America's War for the Greater Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, ND Mag

Since 1980, back when President Jimmy Carter promulgated the Carter Doctrine, the United States has been engaged in what we should rightfully call America’s War for the Greater M...

The Shadow of the Caliphate - Hasan Suroor, The Hindu

Much will depend on how stable the new Islamic state will be. The wider world should be concerned if ISIS is able to dig itself in, hold on to the territory under its control and c...

How America Incinerated Iraq - Dahr Jamail, TomDispatch/Truthout

For Americans, it was like the news from nowhere. Years had passed since reporters bothered to head for the country we invaded and blew a hole through back in 2003, the country on...

In Iraq, Syria, Militants Try to Govern as a State - Karam & Mroue, AP

Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administra...

To Bring Iraq Back from the Brink - Amir Taheri, New York Post

With the battle lines in Iraq’s Sunni provinces more or less stabilized, the war-torn nation’s political elite have a fresh chance to walk from the edge of the precipice. Sev...

Will Turkey Midwife Independent Kurdistan? - Cengiz Candar, Al Monitor

Turkey has carefully avoided saying anything publicly against independence for the Kurdistan Region that could offend Barzani, who has become essentially the sole ally of an increa...

A New Iraq and a New Middle East - Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby, RCWorld

The Islamic State is murderously hostile to all its neighbors: Turkey, Syria, Baghdad, KRG, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iran. As the newly proclaimed caliphate, it regards their regim...

Stick It to Iran by Giving Them Iraq - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

It’s time the Iraqi Pottery Barn rule—‘You break it, you pay a trillion dollars for it’—is applied to someone else....

Iraqis Don't Want Their Country Broken Up - Amal Mudallali, GPS

The conventional wisdom in Washington is that Iraq is heading for partition. The argument is that Iraq is on the cusp of being broken into three states: a Sunni, a Shiite, and a Ku...

What U.S. Has to Do to Deal with Mad Mideast - Leslie Gelb, Daily Beast

The Muslim world’s turned upside down. Washington must forge new alliances to meet the jihadi challenge. One of its partners should be Iran....

What Would Reagan Do in Iraq? - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

In today’s Republican Party, the most coveted endorsement a presidential candidate can receive is posthumous: from Ronald Reagan. Thus, it’s no surprise that potential ...

Who's to Blame for Iraq? - John Bolton, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Iraq's descent into chaos has sparked a fierce, high-decibel debate over who is responsible, a debate that unfortunately overshadows the one we truly need about how to protect A...

Get Ready for Kurdish Independence - Zalmay Khalilzad, New York Times

In the coming weeks, Iraq’s leaders must make existential decisions. If they cannot form a unity government led by a new prime minister and motivate Sunni moderates and tribes...

ISIS' Caliphate About Power, Not Religion - William Dalrymple, Guardian

For most of Islamic history the title of caliph has been disputed by a succession of Muslim leaders who were anxious to give sacral legitimacy to conquests already achieved – wha...

How the Saudis Helped ISIS in Iraq - Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

The difference between al-Qa'ida and Isis can be overstated: when Bin Laden was killed by United States forces in 2011, al-Baghdadi released a statement eulogising him, and Isis pl...

Diplomacy Can Still Save Iraq - Vali Nasr, New York Times

Contrary to what pessimists are saying, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s sudden sweep across northern Iraq does not have to end with the Middle East’s borders redr...

Is Maliki the New Assad? - Susannah George, Global Post

As the Iraqi government struggles to contain a Sunni militant advance on Baghdad and hold the country together, more and more Iraqis are blaming Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki for ...

Shia Militias Just as Terrifying as ISIS - Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde

Sunnis say they fear Shiite gangs more than ISIS....

Sitting on a Powder Keg - Harsh Pant, The Telegraph

The Middle East is back, and back with a bang. For some time now, the West — the United States of America in particular — had lulled itself into believing that if it wo...

New Jihadists Have Moved Past al-Qaeda - Margaret Coker, Wall St Journal

A new generation of Islamist extremists battle-hardened in Iraq and Syria sees the old guard of al Qaeda as too passive....

West Should Leave the Muslim World Alone - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

The people of the Muslim world clearly need the west's humanitarian aid and sanctuary in distress. Britain must accept that there will be echoes of their conflicts in its domestic ...

Why ISIS' Rise Should Worry Americans - Michael Mukasey, NY Daily News

Restoring the caliphate has been on the list of things to do for Islamists virtually from the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1916. It was then that two European diplomats - Mark Syk...

Iraq Illusions - Jessica Mathews, New York Review of Books

The story most media accounts tell of the recent burst of violence in Iraq seems clear-cut and straightforward. In reality, what is happening is anything but....

Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children - Philip Jenkins, Daily Beast

The pan-Islamic caliphate that Muslim extremists want to establish carries within it the seeds of its own destruction....

The Resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi - Jane Arraf, Foreign Policy

The man who helped convince the United States to invade Iraq has spent the last decade in the political wilderness. But now, with his country in chaos, he could be its next leader....

Saddam Hussein's Ghost - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

IS moved into Syria from Iraq not long thereafter. Today, the militias Obama was referring to are asking for US airpower to defeat IS. And Obama’s administration has apparent...

Iran's ISIS Nightmare - Dina Esfandiary, The National Interest

Iran is stuck between a rock and a hard place on ISIS and Iraq. Taking responsibility for security in Iraq – or even significantly contributing to it – would be a huge undert...

There's a Smarter Way to Make Peace - Christopher Holshek, Foreign Policy

A little more than a decade ago, as an Army civil affairs officer in a part of Iraq that is now in the hands of Sunni extremists, I questioned my commander's use of conventional ta...

Future of Oil Hangs on Iraqi Politics - Meghan O'Sullivan, Bloomberg View

Fears that events in Iraq will send global oil prices soaring have abated. Yet, the crisis has potentially huge implications for oil. Under any conceivable outcome to the current s...

Rise of the Neo-Neo-Conservatives - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail

The leading voice of neo-conservatism 2.0 is Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, whose recent essay in the New Republic continues to reverberate in Washingt...

The Battle for Baghdad - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

Shock at the disintegration of the army in Mosul and other Sunni-majority districts of northern Iraq is still determining the mood in Baghdad weeks later. The debacle marks the end...

Al-Baghdadi: The Terrorist Nation Builder - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

In much the same way some Western officials and Maliki’s government underestimated al Baghdadi’s military capability in the run-up to his stunning jihadist blitz, so, too, they...

ISIS: It's Not Just About Iraq and Syria - John Ford, Daily Caller

In calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS was marking out for itself a future territory whose western border would touch Egypt and whose eastern border woul...

The Inevitability of Foreign Entanglements - George Friedman, Stratfor

The Fourth of July weekend gave me time to consider events in Iraq and Ukraine, U.S.-German relations and the Mexican borderland and immigration. I did so in the context of the fou...

Getting the Sunni Gang Back Together - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Why has it come to this? The Obama Administration is not responsible for the Middle East’s sectarian conflict or Iraq’s gathering despair. And the prospect of Baghdad’s fall ...

The Post-Pax Americana World - Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

Mr. Obama may imagine his red lines are still credible, but our enemies know otherwise. They get what the dwindling number of the president's courtiers—namely, Tom Friedman a...

Europe's Double Exposure - Ian Lesser, German Marshall Fund

Just as the crisis in Ukraine compels NATO and European Union leaders to focus on the resurgence of defence challenges to their east, developments to Europe's south raise very diff...

Iran Must Help Remove Maliki - Daily Star

Instead of adding fuel to the fire, the Iranians should recognize that it is Maliki’s policies and stances which have created the current situation, and that any hope of de-e...

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Gunmen in army uniforms seize Sunni

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms have seized a senior local official and...

Sunni official taken by gunmen in B

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previous...

Iraqi police: Baghdad official take

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previous...

Top Sunni official held in Baghdad

Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad Sunni politician overnight and whi...

Veterans' response to senator's PTS

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms ac...