Iraq

جمهورية العراق

The Fight for Mosul

Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker

ISIS on the Decline

Robert Fulford, National Post

Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia

Kenneth Pollack, Foreign Policy

ISIS fighters who fled to the terror group’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after being defeated in Ramadi were burned alive in the town square, sources told FoxNews.com, in an un...(full article)

No one I spoke with in Sinjar believed that Sunni civilians could have lived among the ISIS occupiers without collaborating in their crimes; nor could anyone imagine a future in w...(full article)

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...(full article)

In the summer of 2014 a band of terrorists and assassins bounded onto the stage of history and announced plans to conquer the world. Naming themselves the Islamic State, but often ...(full article)

Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Redrawing the Map the Best Way to Fight ISIS - Tom Switzer, Sydney MH

The problem boils down to this: Iraq and Syria as we have known them are gone. Iraq is not one people, but rather three peoples: Kurds, (minority) Sunnis, and (majority) Shiites. S...

2015 Winner in Mideast: U.S. Arms Exporters - Joyce Karam, Al Arabiya

46.6 billion U.S. dollars is the average estimate for arms sales from the United States to the world in 2015. Big chunk of those receipts have gone to the Middle East where four wa...

The Beginning of the End for ISIS in Iraq? - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), must regret ever making his boastful Boxing Day message that, for all the coalition...

The Importance of Retaking Ramadi - New York Times

Iraqis were celebrating on Monday and understandably so. After days of heavy fighting, their security troops, backed by American airstrikes, reportedly recaptured central Ramadi, a...

Iraq's Last Jews Need Our Help - Tina Ramirez, National Review

The violent persecution and near genocide of Iraq’s Yazidis and Christians have made headlines around the world. Less well known is the story of Iraqi Jews who face near eradicat...

It Will Take Years to Defeat the Idea of ISIS - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

In the absence of an improbably swift peace deal in Syria or the equally unlikely injection of foreign troops, Isil has a reasonable chance of keeping ahold of Raqqa and Mosul thro...

ISIS Retreats in Iraq as Military Retakes Ramadi - Habboush et al., B'berg

Iraqi officials said security forces recaptured a second strategic city from Islamic State militants, dealing a blow to the group’s military campaign in OPEC’s second-biggest o...

How Exiles Drag America into Conflict - Emma Ashford, AmCon Mag

There is little to be gained from further recriminations about Chalabi’s role in the Iraq War. But policymakers could certainly learn from this episode. Though Chalabi was pe...

Ramadi Victory: Don't Screw It Up - Youssef & Harris, Daily Beast

U.S. officials are cautiously optimistic this could be a turning point in the war. But how the Iraqi government builds on battlefield victory is what matters most....

Why Europe, Not America, Should Fight ISIL - Jerome Slater, Natl. Interest

For what reasons can states legitimately go to war? The most obvious one is self-defense—when one’s country is attacked by foreign forces, whether by organized armies o...

The Miss Iraq Beauty Pageant Is a Sham - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Beauty pageants should, in theory, be beyond criticism, seeing as they are already beyond parody. Contrived questions asked of would-be “queens”, sparkly, permanently-upbeat, p...

Turkey Fears Life After ISIS - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Turkey is, in truth, more concerned about who will fill the void left by ISIS in these territories once the jihadi organization is weakened or ultimately defeated. Ankara's nightma...

Palestinians Should Learn From the Kurds - Dan & Bob Feferman, J-Post

As the current "stabbing intifada" waged by Palestinians against Israelis reaches its third month with no end in sight, and even the indefatigable John Kerry raised his hands in ex...

How Saddam's Fighters Help Islamic State Rule - Coles & Parker, Reuters

Saddam-era officers have been a powerful factor in the rise of Islamic State, in particular in the Sunni militant group’s victories in Iraq last year. Islamic State then out-...

Iraq's War of Flags - Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Al-Monitor

The flag issue in Iraq is an old one, and has been the subject of disputes between Iraqis since the beginning of the creation of modern Iraq in 1921. Ever since then, the flag has ...

Safeguarding Iraqi Sovereignty - The National

Masoud Barzani, the leader of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), was in Ankara yesterday to discuss deepening Turkish support for Kurdish fighters in...

Why Are Turkish Troops in Northern Iraq? - Dexter Filkins, New Yorker

Turkey, which has boxed itself out of a solution in Syria, wants to be a part of whatever happens in northern Iraq. The Turkish troops that rolled across the border last week took ...

Airpower Alone Won't Defeat ISIS - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal

Ever since the dawn of the air age more than a century ago, military strategists have been prone to the delusion that bombing by itself can win wars....

Iraq to Turkey: You Have 48 Hours to Leave - Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

About 80 Turkish special forces personnel have been giving military training for more than a year to Kurdish peshmerga, Turkmen and Sunni Arabs. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu desc...

How ISIS Makes Money Off Syrian and Iraqi Oil - Nabih Bulos, L.A. Times

Most of the oil is sold to small, privately owned refineries, usually do-it-yourself operations that have sprung up near the "nodding donkey" pumps that dot the landscape in northe...

Allies Will Remember Canada's Retreat from ISIS Fight - J. Simpson, GM

Air strikes alone can damage but not defeat the Islamic State. It will take some sort of peace arrangement within Syria (and one is not at hand although negotiations continue), plu...

A Closer and More Chaotic Middle East - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Earlier this week we addressed the pitfalls of caliphate nostalgia in the Middle East, and how that bygone institution has been misunderstood, and falsely acclaimed, in light of re...

The Worst Job in the Middle East - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sits in a rather unenviable and at times impossible position. With just one year under his belt as the country's premier, it would be difficult...

Why ISIS Will Fail on Its Own - Eli Berman & Jacob Shapiro, Politico Mag

ISIL’s governing institutions are terrible from the perspective of economic activity: they offer poor property rights, unpredictable taxation, no investment in human capital,...

Defeating ISIS Won't Save Iraq - Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor

Competing factions have different agendas for a post-IS Iraq, paving the way for even greater conflict....

Lessons from the Liberation of Sinjar - Denise Natali, War on the Rocks

A deeper look into the Sinjar offensive challenges assumptions about Kurdish capabilities and momentum toward Mosul. The Kurds did not expel ISIL and gain territories from a positi...

Haider al-Abadi's Failed Reforms - Kirk Sowell, Cairo Review

The lack of support for Al-Abadi’s reforms among his Shia rivals was based on the fear that he is attempting to establish an alternative political platform that could margina...

We Were Wrong About Iraq. We're Not Wrong About Syria - Telegraph

When you lay a wreath at the memorial in Kigali to the Rwanda genocide, as I did last year, you are standing on a grave that holds the bodies of a quarter of a million people. It i...

The Road to Paris Runs Through Iraq - Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Huff Post

Just in case anyone needs a reminder of why we should treat recommendations from folks like Kristol with caution, here's a rundown of the many ways the Iraq War helped a small extr...

Will Jews Return to Iraq? - Mustafa Saadoun, Al-Monitor

The opening of a Jewish representation office in Iraqi Kurdistan gives exiled Iraqi Jews a glimmer of hope of returning to their homeland after fleeing persecution and dispossessio...

The Limits of the Kurds' War on ISIS - Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

As promising as the news of the operation is, my sense is that the Kurds’ objectives are likely to be quite limited. Iraq’s Kurds loathe ISIS, but they also have their ...

Oprah of the Arab World - Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast

She’s best friends with Oprah and the Clintons, and has survived harrowing abuse and Saddam Hussein’s malign influence. Can Zainab Salbi’s candid talk show challe...

Why Ethnic Walls Are Rising in the Mideast - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

The West continues to become more polyglot and diverse, while the Middle East is descending into a fragmented array of ethnically and religiously homogeneous states and regions....

Iraq, Syria, and Libya No Longer Exist - Azeem Ibrahim, Al Arabiya

It should not come as a surprise then that certain places we think of as countries at the moment no longer exist. In the media we refer to places like Syria, Iraq and Libya as &ldq...

Is Kurdish Statehood Possible? - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Ever since the Islamic State group began to lay claim to large stretches of territory in Syria and Iraq, conventional wisdom has dictated that the Kurds, even while relentlessly op...

Ahmad Chalabi's Bad Advice on Iraqi Nation-Building - Max Boot, LAT

The death of Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi has brought forth many critical obituaries, and a few glowing eulogies that focused on his pro-democracy rhetoric while ignoring his act...

Why America Invented Ahmad Chalabi - Gideon Rose, New York Times

When George W. Bush took office, he was determined to repudiate the Iraq policies of both President Clinton and his father, and stocked the senior levels of his administration with...

Ahmad Chalabi the Charmer - Max Boot, Commentary Magazine

I was never charmed by Ahmad Chalabi. But that’s only because I never met him. I doubt that I would have resisted his charm and intelligence any better than most of the polic...

Are Americans Ready to Return to Iraq? - Kevin B. Sullivan, RCW

News came last week that Joshua Wheeler, a leader of the elite U.S. Army unit commonly known as Delta Force, was killed while assisting Kurdish commandos in a raid on an ISIS-occup...

The Other Refugee Crisis - Joshua Meservey, RealClearWorld

The butchery of ISIS and Syrian President Bashar Assad has caused massive displacement in another part of the world as well. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, more than a million Sy...

The New "3 R's" of America's ISIS Strategy Explained - Beauchamp, Vox

The United States is now shifting its strategy in the fight against ISIS, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Armed Services Committee. These...

Is It Really Better that Saddam Is Gone? - Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic

Tony Blair offered a qualified apology for the Iraq War, but found it harder to say sorry for removing a dictator....

The Kurds Turn to K Street - Bill Allison, Foreign Policy

Lobbyists advocate bypassing Baghdad and shipping arms directly to Peshmerga forces....

Paul Bremer's Iraq - Kevin B. Sullivan, RealClearWorld

In the days and weeks following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration tasked a little-known diplomat named L. Paul Bremer with the responsibility of leading reconstruc...

Why America's Mideast Pullback Makes Sense - Simon & Stevenson, FA

For Washington to successfully commit itself to a constructive pullback from the Middle East, it will need to make its best efforts to avoid directly impeding the priorities of its...

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Briton 'sorry' for trying to smuggl

Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) (AFP) - A former British soldier apologised to a French court for trying t...

Turkey attacks Islamic State target

By Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish tanks and artillery have bombarded Islamic State position...

Islamic State militants attack Jaka

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Darren Whiteside JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia blamed Islamic State for an a...

Islamic State briefly seizes northe

By Ghazwan Hassan TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants briefly took control of a norther...

Why Value Investing Helps Investors

With swings in stock market prices becoming bigger and valuations still rather lofty, some investors...