Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Operation Underway to Retake Tikrit

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press

Kirkuk Foreshadows Challenges in Iraq

Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

The Murky Strategy to Retake Mosul

Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

Iraq's (U.S.-Backed) Republic of Fear

Ali Khedery, Foreign Policy

On the sidelines for now? The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, which the Defense Department says is providing no support to the Tikrit operation. After conducting more...(full article)

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the I...(full article)

  All eyes are on the Iraqi city of Mosul, the capital of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which could be attacked by Iraqi forces as soon as April...(full article)

The attempt to retake Iraq's second-largest city from ISIS may prove successful on the battlefield. But what about in the long run?...(full article)

The White House is still pretending it hasn’t unleashed demons on the country it once could have saved....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Can We Stop the Islamist Army of Terror? - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

At once bureaucratic and brutal, the organization Weiss and Hassan detail represents an evolution in global jihadism. Less a terrorist formation in the mold of al Qaeda, the Islami...

ISIS Will Lose in Iraq. Then What? - Douglas Ollivant, War on the Rocks

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – known by most people in the Middle East as Daesh – will lose its battle to hold territory in Iraq. It may well take on...

What to Expect if the Iran Talks Fail - Ilan Goldenberg & Robert Kaplan, TNI

Let's wait a bit longer to see what kind of a deal, if any, the administration manages to strike with Iran....

Hopes for a Jordan-Iraq Alliance - David Ignatius, Washington Post

One of the weaknesses of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is that America isn’t trusted as a messenger in much of the Arab world. So it is important that Jord...

Obama's Five Mideast Blunders - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and the...

How to Get War Authorization Right - R Fontaine & V Serchuk, Politico

On Wednesday the White House sent legislative text to the Senate and House of Representatives that would authorize military force against the self-declared Islamic State, initiatin...

ISIS May Drift, but It Won't Sink - Fidaa Itani, NOW Lebanon

Four reasons ISIS will remain resilient despite recent defections and a recent rallying of forces against them....

With ISIS Losing, Time for U.S. to Step up in Iraq - K. Pollack, NY Times

The good news right now is largely on the military front. Iraqi, Kurdish and American forces appear to be turning the tide against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL....

The Toxic Terror Brew: Land, Money and a Story - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...

ISIS Is just a Death Cult with an Army - George Packer, New Yorker

The Islamic State doesn’t behave according to recognizable cost-benefit analyses. It doesn’t cut its losses or scale down its ambitions. The very name of the self-procl...

ISIS Grows as Fast as U.S. Wipes Them Out - Mak & Yousseff, Daily Beast

The American-led bombing campaign is doing little to stem the tide of foreign fighters joining the war in Iraq and Syria. Four thousand of these fighters have joined the conflict...

3 Messages of ISIS's New Rampage - Riyadh Mohammed, The Fiscal Times

ISIS is once again on a rampage. The terror group executed a second Japanese hostage this past weekend, took a minor oil field in Northern Iraq for a few days, stormed the oil-rich...

Iran's Militias Are Taking Over Iraq's Army - Eli Lake, Bloomberg

On the front lines of Iraq’s war against Islamic State, it’s increasingly difficult to tell where the Iraqi army ends and the Iranian-supported Shiite militias begin....

Iraq's Yazidis Ask Israel for Help - Jacky Hugi, Al-Monitor

Desperate Yazidis are reaching out to Israel, asking for understanding and assistance, especially in the military domain for their fight against the Islamic State....

A New Level of Refugee Suffering - Angelina Jolie, New York Times

KHANKE, Iraq — I HAVE visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now....

Iraq's Kurds Stand on the Verge of Statehood - Christian Caryl, FP

ERBIL, Iraq — As you walk around the streets of this city of 500,000, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the capital of a small but up-and-coming Middle Eastern count...

Paying the Bill for Sykes-Picot - Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe

‘A LOT of the problems we are having to deal with now,” the British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said a decade ago, “are a consequence of our colonial past.” That was a cla...

ISIS Gains Ground - Tim Mak & Nancy Yousseff, Daily Beast

American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners....

Don't Buy the ISIS Hype - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Spectator

What Isis does have is an uncanny knack for scaring the audience it wants to scare: us. And we, addicted as many of us are to horror and violence in popular culture, seem perversel...

The Strange 'How We Lost' Debate - James Jay Carafano, TNI

Post-mortems on “How We Lost Iraq and Afghanistan” seem to be proliferating—even though there’s a lot of “mors” still happening in those battlegrounds....

Americans Don't Want War on ISIS - Greg Scoblete, RealClearWorld

Most Americans do not want to see ground troops deployed to fight the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to a new poll from the Brookings Institution....

ISIS Seeks to Cleanse Iraq's History of Christians - A Mamouri, Al-Monitor

The Islamic State has imposed strict conditions for books entering Iraq by land, confiscating all those related to Christianity and slowly destroying cultural pluralism in Iraqi so...

Saudi Arabia's Challenges - Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, Stratfor

The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are c...

We Can't Solve the Mesopotamian Crisis - Tom Switzer, SMH

One senior US official who understood this problem from the outset was Christopher Hill, a former ambassador to Iraq. Writing in Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diploma...

Suicide Bombings up 94% in 2014 - Amos Harel, Haaretz

The claim that most suicide attacks are carried out against foreign occupiers has been proved false once again, says Israel's INSS think tank....

The Islamization of Daily Life in Iraq - Wassim Bassem, Al-Monitor

Religion has come to dominate daily life in Iraq, as many youths have adopted religious traditions to organize the details of their lives. Religion is no longer limited to rituals ...

The Islamic State's Bizarre Quest for Legitimacy - Jamie Dettmer, DB

For ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his disciples, claims of state legitimacy and stability are crucial—they distinguish ISIS from its rival al-Qaeda, which disavowed the...

Why ISIS Could Destroy Itself - Paul Pillar, The National Interest

The fortunes of the extreme and violent group known variously as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State seem to have changed markedly during the past few months. This summer the group was commo...

ISIS Has Executed Almost 2,000 People - Elizabeth Barber, Time

The great majority of them were civilians....

Federalize the Middle East - David Gardner, Financial Times

The ultra-centralism of the Arab security state is a recruiting sergeant for Isis....

Ah Israeli Photographer on the ISIS Front - Daniel Tchetchik, Haaretz

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

Is ISIS the Disease or the Cure? - Patrick Graham, The Globe & Mail

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...

Focus the Debate on How to Beat ISIS - Marco Rubio, Miami Herald

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...

A Dangerous Rivalry for the Kurds - Ranj Alaaldin, New York Times

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...

Gen. Allen Is the Right Man for Fight Against IS - David Ignatius, WaPo

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...

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...

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Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks

The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear neg...

British citizen fighting with Kurds

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A British citizen fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State g...