Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Iran's Great Cultural Advantage

Robert D. Kaplan, RealClearWorld

A Sunni Reawakening in Iraq

Dafna Rand & Nicholas Heras, Foreign Affairs

Iran Pushes Out Iraq's Sunnis

S. Altaqi & E. Aziz, Middle East Briefing

To understand how the hurried evacuation of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen is connected to Iran's regional strategy, look no further than Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Sunni go...(full article)

Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, the leader of Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a major Iraqi Shiite resistance movement fighting IS, tells Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview that his group will targe...(full article)

Throughout all the vicissitudes of dealing with Iran, an obvious fact has been insufficiently addressed: The external behavior of Iran's regime is simply more dynamic and more effe...(full article)

In 2006–07, U.S. military and Iraqi leaders offered the right combination of backing and support as Sunni leaders decided to officially join the fight against the jihadists a...(full article)

Defeating ISIL now or defeating Al Qaeda in 2007 should equal defeating sectarian oppression, not defeating the manifestation of its symptoms. The US got the mask of the Iranians i...(full article)

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How Iran Exports the Islamic Revolution - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

As the Iranian-backed Houthis marched on in Yemen, an Iranian site affiliated with the IRGC illustrated this point. It did so by laying out Abdul Malik al-Houthi's plan for securin...

Why the Strategy in Iraq and Syria Is Failing - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

One of the ironies of a steadily more partisan Washington is that its politicians and policymakers continue to call for "strategy" without looking beyond the military dimension. On...

United States Must Help Iraq's Kurds Win - Atran & Stone, NY Times

ERBIL, Iraq — THE Islamic State continues to control a huge section of Syria. But in Iraq, its advance has stalled. While Shiite militias and their Iranian allies fight the Islam...

Like It or Not, U.S. & Iran Are Allied vs. ISIS - Nancy Youssef, Dly Bst

Iran and America are still enemies, technically. But U.S. airpower has ISIS pinned down in Iraq. And that’s helping Iran move in....

Don't Overlook Culture Loss Due to War in Iraq - P. Van Buren, Reuters

Iraqi officials are investigating reports that Islamic State militants destroyed Hatra, an archaeological site that dates to the 1st century B.C., only two days after the group bul...

A Canadian Soldier Dies in Iraq - National Post

On Saturday, Canada lost its first soldier in Iraq. The circumstances of his death are not yet entirely clear. What is known is that a group of Canadian commandos, deployed to Iraq...

ISIS's Plan to Take Its Caliphate Global - Nancy Youssef, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram isn’t about to become a mere extension of ISIS, despite a purported pledge allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State this weekend. Instead, ISIS is likely to o...

Let Iraq Die: Case for Partition - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

Iraq is finished, an expiring, cancerous nation on life support. Pulling the plug might be merciful. It might be cruel. But either way, it’s time to accept the fact that this c...

The One-of-a-Kind Ancient Palace ISIS Bulldozed - A.R. Williams, Nat Geo

Attack may have shattered royal sculptures from the ninth century B.C....

America Embraces the 'Death to America' Set - Benny Avni, New York Post

The commander of Iran’s terrorist al-Quds force, Qasem Soleimani, was leading the charge Tuesday as Iraqi forces attacked ISIS in Tikrit with de facto US support. In other wo...

Vietnam on the Tigris and Euphrates - Harlan Ullman, Atlantic Council

For those of us old enough to recall the Vietnam War, fact and reality were obscured and mangled by successive White Houses anxious to reach the delusional “light at the end ...

Will Iraq's Army Ever Be Ready? - Peter Galbraith, Daily Beast

The Iraqi Army and Shiite militias have now launched an operation to retake Tikrit, a Sunni city 95 miles north of Baghdad that was Saddam Hussein’s hometown. The Americans a...

The Iran-Led Push for Saddam's Hometown - L. Jakes & K. Brannen, FP

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...

Operation Underway to Retake Tikrit - Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press

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...

Kirkuk Foreshadows Challenges in Iraq - Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

  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...

The Murky Strategy to Retake Mosul - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

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

Iraq's (U.S.-Backed) Republic of Fear - Ali Khedery, Foreign Policy

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

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...

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Fox's Bill O'Reilly says higher rat

Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly says he thinks television viewers trust him despite accusat...

Iraqi president expects U.S.-led co

By Richard Mably and Samia Nakhoul BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's President Fouad Massoum said on W...

Iraq's February oil exports below p

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's oil exports for last month were below planned levels, the country'...

Iraqi president says expects U.S.-l

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's President Fouad Massoum said on Wednesday that the US-led coalition ...

Islamic State claims suicide bombin

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing t...