Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Anarchy in Iraq's Basra

Matt Bradley & Ali Nabhan, Wall Street Journal

The Iran Deal Is Reshaping the Iraq War

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

Iraqi Christians Take Up Arms

Saad Salloum, Al-Monitor

Munira explains to me matter-of-factly that the younger girls are more expensive or saved for the Emirs. "They took me and my 13-year-old sister together to a big room in the Al-Ba...(full article)

The erosion of law and order in Basra has been compounded by a flood of heavy weaponry and trigger-happy young men on leave from the front lines, many whom belong to mainly Shiite ...(full article)

A more complete explanation of the battered Arab region today must include accounting for several other mega-tends: the impact of the last twenty-fix years of non-stop American mil...(full article)

The U.S. would like to defeat Islamic State, and we assume Iran would, too. The big change, however, is that the U.S. may no longer be as committed to a multi-denominational, unifi...(full article)

Iraq’s Christians are taking up arms to reclaim land now controlled by the Islamic State, but some worry their efforts could worsen the sectarian divide and further complicat...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

On Iraq, Democrats Lie to Themselves - Max Boot, Commentary

It is perfectly fair to blame George W. Bush for the dismal conditions of Iraq between 2003 and 2007. Indeed even Jeb Bush said that, knowing what he now knew, he would not have or...

No Time to Settle Scores in Iraq - The National

Last week, Iraq’s parliament overwhelmingly approved far- reaching changes to the country’s political system as part of prime minister Haider Al Abadi’s initiativ...

The Surge and the Sub-State - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

As U.S. lawmakers enjoy their annual summer recess, the eyes of the country's politicos and beat reporters turn to the increasingly contentious -- and at times absurd -- 2016 presi...

Why Do Arabs Keep Choosing These Leaders? - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

For Arabs, choosing leaders is hard. For prime minister, Iraqis can choose between Haidar al-Abadi and Nouri al-Maliki, who are both clueless on democracy. Meanwhile, Egyptians see...

Jeb Bush the Wrong Messenger on Iraq - James Traub, Foreign Policy

We do not have an expression, at least in English, for “the brother of the pot calling the kettle black.” If we did, we would apply it to the speech Jeb Bush recently g...

The Pentagon Needs to Help Peshmerga - Ernie Audino, Washington Times

In last week’s Republican debates Donald Trump advised us to buy stock in Iran: “You’ll quadruple,” he assured us. That may have sounded like sarcasm, but w...

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape - Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times

Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool....

Let U.S. Pilots Unload on ISIS - Michael Knights, Foreign Policy

Air power is America’s secret sauce: Nobody opens up a can of whoop-ass like U.S. combat aviators. But for the last year, the most powerful air force in the world has been ha...

Can Iraq Avoid Lebanon's Sectarian Fate? - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Yesterday afternoon, Iraq’s parliament approved some of the most significant changes to the country’s political system since the 2003 invasion. Most analysts have focus...

The GOP's Dangerous Surge Fallacy - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

How much damage will the GOP’s revived hubris do?...

Child Soldiers Take Revenge on ISIS - Mat Wolf, Daily Beast

And so it’s come to pass on Sinjar that ISIS might have inexplicably become an agent of gender equality, albeit through the Yazidis—cornered and friendless save for the...

Kurds to US: We Were Your Friends First - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

The Kurdistan Regional Government has emerged as one of America’s best allies, but will its lobbying operation help it from falling prey to politics now that Iraq and Turkey ...

The Day Kuwait Would Like to Forget - Megan O'Toole, Al Jazeera

Kuwait City - Nasser al-Duwailah is still haunted by a mistake he made 25 years ago. The former Kuwaiti member of parliament, who served as an army captain during Iraq's invasion o...

Why DC Loves Biden's Terrible Plan to Divide Iraq - Max Fisher, Vox

Now that it looks like a Joe Biden presidential candidacy could actually happen, it seems inevitable that people will discuss what are said to be his considerable foreign policy ch...

What if the U.S. Never Stormed Iraq in 1991? - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Five votes, that’s all it would have taken. In January 1991, five days before the first bombs were dropped on Baghdad, George HW Bush asked the US Congress for military autho...

Desert Storm, the Last Classical War - Richard Haass, Wall Street Journal

The Gulf War was a signal success of American foreign policy. It avoided what clearly would have been a terrible outcome—letting Saddam get away with a blatant act of territo...

How Saddam Planted the ISIS Seed - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Four days before US troops invaded Iraq for the first time, on January 13, 1991, Saddam Hussein issued a small but vital law. It concerned the flag of Iraq, a red, white and black...

Tikrit, Abandoned by ISIS, Lies in Ruins - Helene Sallon, Worldcrunch

At first glance, the desert landscape of Tikrit can be shocking for those who left nearly a year ago when the jihadists attacked the city. After a 10-month occupation and one month...

Iran Is Drama, but Iraq Is Destiny - Rami Khouri, Cairo Review

The dramatic events surrounding the intense negotiations for a deal on Iran’s nuclear industry and the sanctions on it deserve immense attention because of what they tell us ...

25 Years Later: Did Kuwait Invasion Doom Iraq? - B. Riedel, Al-Monitor

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the start of the 1990 Kuwait crisis, which played a decisive role in altering the region....

ISIS Is Weak, but So Are Arab States - Rami Khouri, Cairo Review

ISIS is not so strong in absolute terms, but its gains have occurred primarily because of two related reasons: the weaknesses and uncoordinated nature of its foes in Iraq and Syria...

A Look at Who Is Fighting ISIS on the Ground - Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor

A mismatch in priorities between the United States and its Sunni allies is obliging the Obama administration to rely more on Iran-backed forces to fight the group that calls itself...

The Kurdish Moment Arrives - Michael Tanchum, Foreign Affairs

Amassing Power at Ballot Box and on the Battlefield...

What if U.S. Never Invaded Iraq? - Robert Farley, The National Interest

Every player of the popular video game Civilization knows to hit the save button before engaging in the risky, stupid invasion of foreign country. In the case of the 2003 invasion...

Iraqi Army Can't Be Westernized - Robert Scales, Wall Street Journal

Twenty-four years ago, in June 1991, as American troops began to gear up to invade Iraq, I started writing and researching my book “Certain Victory,” the U.S. Army&rsqu...

Iraqis Don't Trust U.S. to Fight ISIS - Yaroslav Trofimov, Wall St. Journal

BAGHDAD—In a tent city under a highway overpass in Baghdad, refugees from Iraq’s Sunni province of Anbar were unanimous about whom to blame for their misery.   “I hold Ameri...

Iran and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq - Josh Rogin & Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and ...

Alice in Washington-Land - Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch

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...

A New Strategy for Iraq and Syria - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

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...

Don't Blame Obama for ISIS - Tom Switzer, Lowy Interpreter

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...

Obama Won't Let the U.S. Beat ISIS - Michael Petrou, Maclean's

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...

Iran's Militant Rising Star - Hussain Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

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....

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....

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Merkel, jeered on visit to refugees

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Arab League delays meeting on creat

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Hungary border fence proves futile

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