Iraq

جمهورية العراق

The Fraud of War

Julia Harte, Slate

Obama: Remember the Carter Doctrine

Doran & Boot, Weekly Standard

ISIS Has No Prayer of Stopping Kurdistan

Totten, World Affairs Journal

Happy Talk Won't Defeat ISIS

Max Boot, Wall Street Journal

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Statistics being touted by the Pentagon have a whiff of the Vietnam War about them....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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....

A Colorado Biker in Iraq: "I Am Peshmerga" - Ford Sypher, Daily Beast

IRAQ — Of the American volunteers who have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling against ISIS in Iraq, Mickey stands out. The blond hair combed back on his head comes to a...

Yemen Shouldn't Become Iraq - The National

The first visit to Washington by Haider Al Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, has been anything but dull. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Al Abadi took aim at Yemen and spe...

Iraq's Cycles of Revenge - New York Times

The Iraqi government billed its recent operation to wrest control of the northern city of Tikrit from fighters for the Islamic State as a significant victory. The Pentagon is echoi...

Iraq Now: Brutality and Iranian Domination - L Williams, Lowy Interpreter

Once again in the Middle East, short term gains are trumping long term interests. As the ink dries on the Iran nuclear deal, the bodies are piling up in neighbouring Iraq. Many of ...

What if Saddam Had Invaded Saudi Arabia? - Robert Farley, TNI

In early August 1990, the Iraqi Army executed a nearly flawless operation to seize and occupy Kuwait. Iraqi forces had grown increasingly lethal in the final year of the Iran-Iraq ...

PHOTOS: What Victory over ISIS Looks Like - Max Plenke, Mic

When the Iraqi military claimed it would swiftly force the Islamic State group to give up control of the Sunni city of Tikrit, they probably didn't expect the battle to last quite ...

A Dangerous Escalation in Iraq - New York Times

By ordering the bombing of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, President Obama has escalated America’s involvement in the fight against the Islamic State without providing a shred of e...

Is ISIS in Trouble in Iraq? - Susanne Koelbl, Der Spiegel

Islamic State is pulling out of once-conquered towns and villages in Iraq and dissatisfaction appears to be growing among its followers. Predictions of the jihadists' demise, howev...

From Yemen to Iraq, Iran Is on the Rise - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

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...

A Victory for Iraq's Shiite Forces - Ali Hashem, Al-Monitor

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...

Iran's Great Cultural Advantage - Robert D. Kaplan, RealClearWorld

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...

A Sunni Reawakening in Iraq - Dafna Rand & Nicholas Heras, Foreign Affairs

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...

Iran Pushes Out Iraq's Sunnis - S. Altaqi & E. Aziz, Middle East Briefing

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...

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....

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Police: 36 killed as 40 inmates esc

BAGHDAD (AP) — Forty inmates in a prison in eastern Iraq, including some convicted of terrorism ch...

30 prisoners killed, 40 escape in I

Six guards and 30 detainees were killed in a prison break north of Baghdad during which 40 inmates a...

Correction: Islamic State story

AMIRIYAT FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) — In a story May 8 about Iraq signing up recruits for a Sunni militia...

Ten Iraqi policemen, eight prisoner

Ten Iraqi policemen and eight prisoners were killed late on Friday as dozens of inmates escaped from...

Australia police foil alleged terro

Australian police said Saturday they had foiled an alleged terror bomb plot reportedly planned for M...