Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Is ISIS the Disease or the Cure?

Patrick Graham, The Globe & Mail

Focus the Debate on How to Beat ISIS

Marco Rubio, Miami Herald

A Dangerous Rivalry for the Kurds

Ranj Alaaldin, New York Times

Eddie Gerald documented the battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq....(full article)

There is something reassuring about the latest atrocities committed by the Islamic State militants, whether a beheading video or this week’s protocols on how to abuse the wom...(full article)

It is clear that our efforts to defeat the Islamic State have been inadequate. Half-measures will not work against a growing threat from radical Islamists that are uniting fracture...(full article)

In August, Iraq’s Kurds faced their most serious threat since the Baath Party’s massacres and genocide of the 1980s. The Islamic State came within 30 kilometers of Erbil, the...(full article)

Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel as if he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat the Islamic State: Iran is a silent partner in Iraq but a potential adver...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

No Cause for Optimism Against ISIS - Tom Rogan, National Review

Condemn the CIA for interrogating a few terrorists, but remain on the sidelines while ISIS glories in child rape and decapitation?...

Kurdistan's 'State' Warfare - Odisho, Mustafa & Fisher, The Conversation

Opening a front against Kurdistan, although inexplicable on military and political grounds, is intelligible under different criteria. The only reason that stands out among the prev...

Mosul, a City at Death's Doorstep - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

December 9 marks the six-month anniversary of ISIL's capture of Mosul. The capture both put ISIL on the map and simultaneously threatened to fundamentally redraw it. Coverage of th...

Rescuing Hostages Is Never Easy - Martin Reardon, Al Jazeera

Saturday's failed hostage rescue mission in Yemen was indeed tragic. While the official details as to exactly what happened have not yet been released, it appears Luke Somers, an A...

The Complexity of Iran's Fight Against ISIS - Brian Downing, Asia Times

What does the increased and more open Iranian presence in Iraq signify, for the region, and for Iran's relations with the rest of the world?...

Sunnis Struggle Through the Age of the Shiite - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

If you are a Sunni who lives in the land that stretches between the Lebanese coast and the Iranian-Afghan border, you are doomed. If you are a secular Sunni, you must be a Baathist...

A United Iraq is the Best Pushback Against ISIS - The National

There are few upsides to the emergence of ISIL. The group’s twisted interpretation of Islam to justify its own intolerant and violent agenda threatens to drown out moderate v...

A Deal to Keep Kurdistan in Iraq - Dexter Filkins, New Yorker

For months, it seemed, the next new country to rise from the rubble of the Middle East was not the thing called the Islamic State, which wouldn’t be likely to get a seat in t...

Iran's Nuclear Pursuits Will Draw Copycats - John Bolton, Wash Times

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....

ISIS Plunders the Treasures of Antiquity - Martine Robert, Worldcrunch

Amid the mayhem of civil war, huge money is to be made from stealing and selling archeological treasures from Iraq and Syria. ISIS ambitions are fueling an already huge black marke...

Navigating Iraq War 3.0 - Peter Van Buren, Reuters

If the United States was looking for the surest way to lose Iraq War 3.0, it might start by retraining the failed Iraqi Army to send north — alongside ruthless Shi’ite ...

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Iraq War 4.0? - Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Let's play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there's another superpowe...

Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS - Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group....

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

What Scares China's Military - Robert Farley, The National Interest

In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi Army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat greater technical sophistication than th...

The CIA's Struggle to Understand Arab Culture - Dina Rezk, WOTR

From the Iranian revolution to the Arab Spring, the United States has consistently been accused of misunderstanding the politics and culture of the Middle East. The Intelligence Co...

Destroying Iraq's Christian Communities - P. Cockburn, Independent

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything....

Can Congress Sell Iraq More Weapons? - Ratnam & Brannen, Foreign Policy

After watching ISIS roll over Iraqi security forces this summer, stealing equipment the U.S. provided, Congress has been hesitant to sell Baghdad more....

Congress Should Debate Obama's New War - Los Angeles Times

This is a new and different war — not a repeat of the George W. Bush-era conflicts — and Congress must debate the wisdom, or folly, of using force....

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

Congress Must Act on War Authority - New York Times

Military Action in Syria Requires a New A.U.M.F....

The Risk of Nation-State Conflict - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

While it is difficult to see into the future at all and impossible to make detailed predictions, everything we know about history and human development suggests that the 21st centu...

What Could Possibly Go Right in Iraq? - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Karl von Clausewitz, the famed Prussian military thinker, is best known for his aphorism “War is the continuation of state policy by other means.” But what happens to a...

Will the U.S. Swap Riyadh for Tehran? - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...

Obama Still Making Promises He Can't Keep - Danny Vinik, TNR

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, President Barack Obama defended his decision to send another 1,500 American trainers and advisers to Iraq, arguing that it represented t...

Veterans Day & Excessive Self-Criticism - Max Boot, Commentary

November 11–once know as Armistice Day in commemoration of the end of World War I, now known as Veterans Day–is always a solemn occasion on which we honor the men and women w...

9 Truths About the War on Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

What are the hard realities we’re dealing with? And, given that U.S. officials say it could take up to a year to train and field a ground force to combat the Islamic State in...

Iraq's Future: It's the Oil, Stupid - Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

To predict whether Iraq will remain a country - or break apart - we need to look at the oil as well as ISIL....

Is ISIS Minting Gold and Silver Dinars? - Gilad Shiloach, Vocativ

Some ISIS supporters were enthusiastic about the new currency rumors, while other online observers seemed to think it wasn’t the most economically sound idea....

ISIS Leader May Be Dead, and It Doesn't Matter - Juan Cole, IC

Rumors are swirling that ISIL leader Ibrahim al-Samarra’i (who goes by the nom de guerre of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) was severely wounded and that some of his chief lieutenants ...

U.S. Hits Hard at ISIS Leadership - Erin Cunningham & Missy Ryan, WaPo

U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes on what U.S. officials said was a gathering of Islamic State commanders near the militant-held city of Mosul on Friday, in one of the most promin...

Canada Should Be Wary of Greater Middle East Role - The Star

It’s early days yet but Canada already faces pressure to ramp up its military commitment against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria....

ISIS vs the Taliban in the Battle for Recruits - Yousafzai & Seibert, Vocativ

As America and the West continue their fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban is trying to prevent its rank and file from joining the jihadi group....

ISIS on the Run in Iraq - Riyadh Mohammed, Fiscal Times

After a string of victories by Iraqi and Kurdish forces against ISIS over the past two weeks, the rumors started popping up online: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, had be...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

With This Congress, Expect More Middle East Tangles - Juan Cole, IC

The GOP may see Obama as not ultimately committed to keeping US troops out of Iraq and Syria, and will almost certainly attempt to force him to put more boots on the ground (John M...

Yazidis Face Genocide as U.S. Turns Away - Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

Months after the president stepped in to save the Yazidis from genocide, the airstrikes have slowed to a trickle. Supplies have dried up. And ISIS is closing in on Mount Sinjar aga...

The Middle East's New Power Structure - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

“War,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is the “father of all things.” In view of the bloody – indeed barbaric – events in the Mid...

Boots to Anbar, Now - Tom Rogan, National Review

If the Sunni tribes are defeated, America will have to re-deploy large numbers of ground forces back to Iraq....

Don't Repeat Iraq Blunders in Afghanistan - Boston Globe

Success in foreign policy requires patience. Although history will almost certainly judge the 2003 invasion of Iraq to be a strategic blunder, the downside of Obama’s decisio...

America's New Middle East Quagmire - Fred Kaplan, Slate

America’s campaign against ISIS has already lost its way....

Life in Fallujah Under ISIS - Katie Zavadski, New York Magazine

Fallujah, a city about an hour’s drive west of Baghdad, has been under ISIS control since February. But here's the weird thing: Nobody seems to know what's going on there....

Whose Side Is Turkey On? - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

Turkey’s volte face was the latest in a series of miscalculations it had made about developments in Syria since the first uprising against Assad in 2011....

Vietnam and ISIS - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Obsessed with communism, America intervened in Vietnam’s civil war and took the place of the French colonialists. Obsessed with jihadism and 9/11, are we now doing the biddin...

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Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' con

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a str...

US Navy chopper crashes in Kuwait,

A US Navy helicopter has crashed during a training mission in the Gulf state of Kuwait, slightly inj...

Kurdish fighters face resistance fr

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by t...

Budget pressure unlikely to deflect

By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) - A big oil price slide will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue b...

Fallout from Obama’s Russia Strat

The Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia, reluctantly supported by the Europeans, bite ...