Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Alice in Washington-Land

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch

A New Strategy for Iraq and Syria

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Don't Blame Obama for ISIS

Tom Switzer, Lowy Interpreter

Obama Won't Let the U.S. Beat ISIS

Michael Petrou, Maclean's

Iran's Militant Rising Star

Hussain Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

There is a peculiar form of insanity in which a veneer of rationality distracts attention from the madness lurking just beneath the surface. When Alice dove down her rabbit hole to...(full article)

It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Pic...(full article)

From presidential candidates to conservative pundits to centre-right think tanks, the argument goes like this: when George W Bush left office in 2009, Iraq was largely at peace. Bu...(full article)

Obama’s desire to avoid more deeply entangling America in Middle Eastern wars has come at a cost. Syria, already nearly broken by dictatorship and civil war, has been further...(full article)

Abu Jaafar al-Asadi is Iran's rising Shiite star in Iraq and the region, and he is not alone: Iran now runs a dozen Shiite militias in Iraq and has many budding leaders like him....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Ingredients of a Viable anti-ISIS Strategy - Michael Eisenstadt, WOTR

For starters, the United States needs to address the means-ends mismatch in its strategy. It has devoted inadequate resources in pursuit of a goal — to “degrade and eve...

The Oil Rally Might Be Over - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

The oil markets could be about to enter another round of soft prices....

The 'New' Strategy for Iraq Is Still Terrible - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

There may be some merit in sending in 450 more advisors and support personnel to Iraq - raising the U.S. total to some 3,550 - and focusing on creating Sunni forces in Anbar. There...

The Only Viable Strategy Against ISIS - Barry Rosen, Defense One

ISIS’s victory in Ramadi reveals that containment is the best the U.S. can do for now....

Obama Confronts the Reality of ISIS - Mark Thompson, Time

President Obama rattled off a list of what has gone wrong in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria during a wrap-up press conference Monday followi...

The Face of Saddam's Regime Dies - Hayes Brown, BuzzFeed

A longtime member of Hussein’s cabinet, Aziz — who was also the only Christian in the Iraqi dictator’s inner circle — served as Iraq’s chief face to t...

George W. Bush Was Right - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

Yeats goes on to suggest that “surely some revelation is at hand.” Public opinion polls are modern democracy’s substitute for revelation. And there’s an in...

Islamic State Infiltrates Iraqi Kurdistan - Denise Natali, Al-Monitor

The Islamic State is exploiting divides in Iraqi Kurdistan to radicalize youths....

After Ramadi: Saving the Iraq Strategy - Douglas Ollivant, War on the Rocks

The seizure of Ramadi on May 17 by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was a tactical defeat for the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi government, and — by extension — ...

Sorry, But Obama Did Not Lose Iraq - Lawrence Korb, National Interest

Here are the men that did......

Iraq's Tragic Unraveling - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Emma Sky expected to spend three months in Iraq apologizing to the Iraqi people for the invasion launched by George W. Bush and her prime minister, Tony Blair....

Who Will Fight for Iraq? - New York Times

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s recent assessment of Iraqi security forces was impolitic and true, and rarely voiced by senior officials. After the devastating loss of the ...

Iraqi Shiite Fighters on the Rise in Syria - P. Smyth, Washington Institute

As regime and Hezbollah forces experience manpower and projection problems in Syria, Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militias may be reassuming a greater combat role....

How the Islamic State Could Win - John McLaughlin, Washington Post

Let’s think the unthinkable: Could the Islamic State win?...

A Chance to Unify Iraqis - Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Al Monitor

The exodus of displaced people fleeing Iraq's Anbar province after the Islamic State imposed its control there should be an opportunity for the Iraqi government to unify efforts of...

Iraq's Awful Refugee Policy - Boston Globe

THE FALL OF Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, to ISIS last week is more than a military setback. It’s also a humanitarian catastrophe for more than 55,000...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

Ramadi Is no Setback, It's Failure - Dan Caldwell, National Review

The Iraqi city was a key command and logistics hub whose takeover by ISIS threatens two vital strategic locations....

Reflections on Ramadi - Paul Floyd, Stratfor

The Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen again into the hands of the Islamic State, a group born of al Qaeda in Iraq. That this terrorist organization, whose brutality needs no descript...

ISIS and Iraq's Shiite Revival - Nicolas Pelham, New York Review of Books

Baghdad and the southern part of Iraq seem less of a failed state than normally depicted. Police at checkpoints fine drivers whose car papers are not in order. The courts sentence ...

Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS - Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast

They’re supposed to be at the forefront of the battle against ISIS. But U.S. special operators say the Obama administration’s restrictive rules of war are harming their...

Who Is Losing in Iraq? Regular Folks - Frida Ghitis, Miami Herald

For many in the United States, the reflexive reaction at more bad news from the Middle East is, “Why is that our problem?”...

Iraq's Least Worst Options - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The fall of Ramadi, the strategic center of Iraq’s Anbar province, doesn’t necessarily signal the triumph of ISIS, but it does mean that President Obama and various reg...

U.S. Military Against ISIS? It Won't Be Quick and Easy - B. Fishman, CNN

(CNN)Despite months of an American-led bombing campaign, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has conquered the Iraqi city of Ramadi. It is a major setback, and it should ...

Before We Dive Back into Middle Eastern Wars... - P. Buchanan, Am. Cons

The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback...

ISIS Aims for Abu Ghraib - Birgit Svensson, Die Welt

ABU GHRAIB - This city's streets are deserted. It would seem certain that the residents of Abu Ghraib fear the Daish, the Arabic word for ISIS, as fear has been the dominant emotio...

The Kurds Are Iraq's Only Hope - Ranj Alaaldin, Guardian

Baghdad is in disarray, but it can still call upon Kurdish forces and Shia militia to at least contain Isis until Iraqi forces reorganise...

Iraq Is Not Iran, and This Is Not 2003 - Bobby Jindal, National Review

Instead of rehashing the Iraq War, let’s face today’s much more serious threat from Iran....

Ramadi Shows U.S. Officials Live in a Dream World - Jamie Dettmer, DB

Another battle and another chaotic retreat has been made by Iraqi government forces, who abandoned their positions in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, despite U.S....

Disaster in Iraq - Washington Times

The conquest of Ramadi is a stunning victory for ISIS....

Ramadi's Fall, Obama's Strategy, Iraq's Future - Bloomberg View

Islamic State's capture of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, may well lead to the unraveling of President Barack Obama's Iraq strategy. More important, however,...

My Son Died for Ramadi. Now ISIS Has It - Michael Daly, Daily Beast

Debbie Lee says she’s sickened that the city her son sacrificed his life defending has fallen—and furious at the Joint Chiefs chairman’s insistence Ramadi is &lsq...

A Symbolic Rout in Ramadi - Dexter Filkins, New Yorker

Over the weekend, as ISIS fighters rolled into Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, one of them posted a video to the Internet. It was shot from a recently captured ...

The Ghosts of Iraq Future - Edward Luce, Financial Times

Botched Mideast intervention still defines those jockeying for political power in the US...

The Day ISIS Took a Major Provincial Capital - Economist

The Baghdad government’s hopes of driving out the caliphate in Iraq's largest province suffer a heavy blow....

ISIS Takes Ramadi, Kills Hundreds - Salaheddin & Sami, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500 people - both Iraqi civilians and soldiers - and forced 8,000 to flee from their homes as they captured the city of ...

After IS Victory, Iraq's Survival Is in Doubt - Peter Hartcher, SMH

On Saturday, US time, the Obama administration announced with some fanfare that it had killed a senior operative in the group that calls itself Islamic State. The US Defence Secre...

Kurdistan Emerges, Kurdish Tradition Fades - Kate Eshelby, Spectator

The herders are under pressure not just from Isis, but from a thrusting new urban culture...

The Fraud of War - Julia Harte, Slate

U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts....

Al Qaeda and ISIS Are Very Different Indeed - Daniel Byman, Brookings

Who will emerge triumphant is not clear. However, the implications of one side’s victory or of continuing division are profound for the Muslim world and for the United States...

Obama: Remember the Carter Doctrine - Doran & Boot, Weekly Standard

What’s Iran up to? Most commentators emphasize the fight against ISIS, but the transfer of heavy weaponry, which is of limited use in the Tikrit campaign, implies a wider age...

ISIS Has No Prayer of Stopping Kurdistan - Totten, World Affairs Journal

A suicide-bomber blew himself up and killed three people—the terrorist himself, along with two Turkish citizens—in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, at a popular c...

Happy Talk Won't Defeat ISIS - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal

Statistics being touted by the Pentagon have a whiff of the Vietnam War about them....

ISIS Suffers Major Setback in Fight for Anbar - Heather Saul, Independent

A senior commander in the Iraqi army claims his forces have killed hundreds of Isis militants and re-taken swathes of territory in Anbar province, where the extremist group launche...

Options for Young Iraqis: Fight or Flee - Wassim Bassem, Al Monitor

The lack of security and the poor economy are forcing many young Iraqis to think about emigrating to the West, even if illegally....

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