Iraq

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Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today ...(full article)

Afghanistan's political impasse has renewed calls that the U.S. revisit plans to pull its soldiers out of the country by the end of 2016. Look at Iraq, these critics say, arguing t...(full article)

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s arm...(full article)

5 reasons why an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria won't work. And why it's going to happen anyway....(full article)

Military strategy demands the disruption of an enemy’s “center of gravity.” The Islamic State’s center of gravity is in Syria, and General Dempsey’s comments last Thursda...(full article)

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Events Stoke Debate over Obama's Worldview - Zachary Goldfarb, WaPo

The week began with the breaking of the siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq, thanks to U.S. bombing runs, and ended with the public beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria ...

James Foley & the End of the Powell Doctrine - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

That’s been the entire problem with Obama’s foreign policy and with the Powell Doctrine from the beginning -- most problems are complicated. That’s why they’re problems. Un...

Don't Ransom Journalists - Thomas Ricks, Politico Magazine

My own plan if I were kidnapped was that I would give my captors two days or so to sort out the situation, in case I had been taken out of some sort of confusion. (I knew one repor...

Failed States Pose Terror Threats - The Australian

Understandably the Obama administration is anxious not to get too deeply involved again in Iraq. But after the alarming assessment delivered by Chuck Hagel of the threat posed not ...

Obama Is Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Rebels Say - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, even if they extend into Syria as several Obama administration officials are signaling, don’t have a chance of destroying the terror group, modera...

Destroy the 'Islamic State' - John Bolton, National Review

Approving U.S. military force against the Islamic State on August 7, Obama stressed two limited goals: protecting U.S. civilian and military personnel in Irbil, the Kurdish capi...

Iraq Explains Why Not to Leave Afghanistan - Paul Miller, Foreign Policy

Despite his obvious and understandable hesitations to return U.S. military forces to Iraq, the president's humanitarian concerns combined with the United States' strategic interest...

Is Islamic State the Best Possible Enemy? - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

It has become popular, in some circles, to refer to them as “the Orcs.” And not just because it’s easier than using their frequently changing English titles &ndas...

Stopping the Worst People on Earth - Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

Stopping the Islamic State’s momentum creates a major shift in psychology. Guerrilla armies thrive on a sense of inevitability. The Islamic State has grown in size, demoralized i...

Don't BS the American People About ISIS - Brian Fishman, War on the Rocks

The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the serious...

Obama v. ISIS: This Time It's Personal - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States. It should be careful what it wishes for. The gloves just came off....

The Re-Baathification of Iraq - Shane Harris, Foreign Policy

The Islamic State has conquered much of Iraq with the help of Saddam’s cronies. Now the men America once discarded could help win the country back....

An Emirate Made Up of Thugs - Toronto Star

The Islamic State “caliphate” on the Syria/Iraq border, carved out of the power vacuums and chaos that have engulfed the region in recent years, is an emirate of thugs....

Britain's Jihad Problem - Financial Times

Although the sight of a British national belonging to the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Isis) claiming responsibility for beheading a bound victim is calculated to...

Were the Russians Right About Syria? - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Oh the fickleness of humanity and history! This time last year, the British parliament was recalled by the prime minister, who appeared confident that he would receive a mandate to...

Assad Is Big Winner of U.S. War on ISIS - Joshua Keating, Slate

Assuming that the U.S. does reluctantly take on the project of defeating ISIS, or at least substantially degrading it, that decision will inevitably deepen America’s even-more-...

Obama Finally Getting It Right on ISIS - David Ignatius, Washington Post

For months, Obama has been struggling with how to get it right this time — how to contain and eradicate the Islamic State without making the United States the Muslim world’s e...

Obama, Be Honest About U.S. Role in Iraq - Robin Wright, LA Times

Let's be honest. The United States has crossed the threshold on Iraq. We're in it to salvage the country — again — using American military might. But the mission has also, ver...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

Why Arming the Kurds Is a Double-Edged Sword - Le Monde

On the Iraq crisis as well as on the others around the world, the European Union is in disarray, hiding its divisions behind a discreet veil of consensus. At an Aug. 15 emergency m...

If We Target the Islamic State, They Will Target Us - The Guardian

There is no action without reaction in the Middle East. At least since the Lebanese civil war, one way some of those in conflict with the United States and its allies have expresse...

ISIS Will Soon Be at Our Front Door - James Bloodworth, The Independent

The reported murder of the American journalist James Foley is further proof that Western countries must not be squeamish when it comes to helping the Iraqis and the Kurds to defeat...

Is the U.S. About to Ramp Up Against ISIS? - Jacob Siegel, The Daily Beast

Since U.S. airstrikes began targeting ISIS on August 7, the group, which had been steadily expanding its territory, has been losing ground in Iraq. Now there are signs indicating...

Wake Up, America, the War Has Hit Home - Benny Avni, New York Post

Will the videotaped execution of James Foley shock America out of our dangerous flirtation with isolationism? The gruesome beheading of the 40-year-old photojournalist should screa...

Note to West: There Is No Avoiding ISIS - Shiraz Maher, The Guardian

For those of who have followed the conflict in Syria and Iraq closely, it came as no surprise – shocking though it was – to discover that a seemingly British jihadist had beh...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Time to Bomb ISIS - New York Post

ISIS has now sent what it called “A Message to America.” It’s time for America to send a more pointed message back....

Will James Foley's Murder Wake Up the West? - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

There is something disturbing about the fact that the murder of a single Westerner should elicit greater shock and garner more attention than the torture and killing of hundreds up...

A Turning Point Against the Islamic State? - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

Arab states should have a vested interest in following through to the demise of the most fanatical and dangerous movement in modern Middle Eastern history....

How Britain Became a Jihadist Exporter - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form of I...

How to Annihilate the Islamic State - Max Boot, Commentary

What is needed now is not strongly worded condemnation of Foley’s murder, much less a hashtag campaign. What is needed is a politico-military strategy to annihilate ISIS rath...

When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan - Matt Kaminski, Daily Beast

Robin Williams had his demons but it never stopped him from making troops laugh on the numerous standup tours he did in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Repeating the Mistakes of Rwanda in Iraq - Romeo Dallaire, Wash Post

In 1994, I was tasked with stopping a genocide waged, in part, by children and youth. At the time, I was the United Nations Force Commander for the UN Assistance Mission to Rwanda...

Why America Is A Lousy Puppeteer - David Schmitz, Politico Magazine

Nuri al-Maliki is out. Hamid Karzai is on his way out. And it’s long past time for the United States to get out—of the puppet business, that is. The lesson of the last ...

Ferguson Is Not Iraq - Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review

The intention of these linguistic games is typically twofold. The first is reasonable: To point out that domestic coverage of foreign politics is often hopelessly simplistic. (One ...

Is ISIS Really a Threat to the United States? - Peter Bergen, CNN

U.S. officials are claiming that the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is "now a credible alternative to al Qaeda." But what does that really mean in terms...

Britain's Multicultural Foreign Policy - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Britain is a multicultural nation and its minority communities are having an increasing influence on its voice in the world....

Latin America Can Help Save the Yazidis - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

The Yazidis know what awaits them and are trying to emigrate to the United States, Canada and Europe. Nobody talks about Latin America. Why not? If the Latin Americans were really ...

Sham U.S. 'Concern' over Syria and Iraq - The Daily Star

American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional and international s...

Cameron's Shifting Policy on Iraq - Financial Times

In his four years as prime minister, David Cameron has been quick to urge Britain to take a stand when international crises flare up. As Muammer Gaddafi’s Libyan regime threa...

Pope Francis Faces the Evil in Iraq - New York Daily News

Francis makes a bold and timely statement against ISIS brutality in Iraq....

Return of the Global War on Terror - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Barack Obama has spent most of his presidency trying to narrow Bush’s war on terror. But with the new campaign in Iraq, the big war is back....

The Common Enemy in Iraq - George Packer, The New Yorker

Suddenly, a common enemy has joined mutually distrustful players in the making of a coalition against ISIS—just the kind of multilateralism that the President favors. As this mon...

Cameron Must Get over Syria and Act on Iraq - Chris Huhne, The Guardian

Losing last year’s vote on military intervention cast a long shadow over government policy, but the situation in the Middle East requires action....

If We Must Work with Iran v. ISIS, So Be It - Malcolm Rifkind, Telegraph

As the lessons of history clearly show, distasteful temporary alliances can be the best option....

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Car bombing kills at least 11 peopl

BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at...

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barac...

Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurd

By Isabel Coles ARBIL (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, ...

Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barac...

Iraq War Vet Was Warned Waffle Hous

A rural Mississippi man suffered life-threatening injuries and required brain surgery after he enter...