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Would a Mideast Marshall Plan Work?

Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

The Case for a United Iraq

David Coghlan, RealClearDefense

Obama's Saddest Legacy Failure

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Just as the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS is making real progress on the ground, political chaos in Iraq is threatening to undermine those hard-fought gains....(full article)

Both Graham’s and Bono’s undoubtedly sincere efforts belie a deeply flawed understanding of what exactly the Marshall Plan was, and how and why it was so effective at h...(full article)

From Iran through Syria, Egypt and beyond, the net effect of Obama’s two terms has worked in favor of autocrats....(full article)

It’s easy to understand why most of Iraq’s Sunni Arabs want the idea of Iraq to work. If Iraq were trifurcated, the Sunni Arabs would be left with mostly desert, no ac...(full article)

No White House decision on funding the Kurds has been made. Even if the money is forthcoming, the question remains: Who will conduct the street-by-street combat Mosul will require?...(full article)

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Prosecute Genocide Cases in Iraq - Boston Globe

WHEN SECRETARY of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State had committed genocide against the Yazidis, a small religious sect in Iraq, he received much approval. Yet no cou...

Congress Cool on Kurdistan Bailout - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

Despite forcefully pleading their case in meetings with the Obama administration, Congress and think tanks, they came away with little to show for it beyond inexpensive expressions...

An ISIS-Held City Is on the Verge of Starvation - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

The city is facing a severe food shortage. Some residents have seen a 50-kilogram bag of flour go for as high as $4,166 (it costs about $7.50 in the US). Human Rights Watch, along ...

How to Actually Win in Iraq - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

The war in Iraq sometimes seems distant and abstract. The expansion of ISIS terrorist attacks in Europe, the Syrian refugee issue, and Russian intervention in Syria get the bulk of...

Mosul Win Won't Solve U.S.'s Iraq Problem - Rovner & Talmadge, Lawfare

Washington has been sending mixed signals about its own commitment to the battle. On the one hand, the Obama administration is careful to stress that it must be and will be an Iraq...

"Of Course He Knew He Was Going to Kill Children" - Liz Sly, Wash Post

The suicide bomber who blew up a youth soccer match late last month left barely a dent in the hard, dry earth, and only a faint scorch on a concrete wall nearby. But he gouged a c...

End America's Hopeless War for the Mideast - Andrew Bacevich, Politico

In the War for the Greater Middle East, the United States chose neither to contain nor to crush, instead charting a course midway in between. In effect, it chose aggravation. With ...

ISIS's Scorched-Earth Strategy - Peter Schwartzstein, Foreign Policy

At least a million acres of prime arable land has been rendered unusable as the Islamic State lays waste to huge swaths of Iraqi territory. Systematic looting has robbed farms of m...

Against the Odds, Journalism Persists in Mideast - Sheila Coronel, CJR

In the past year, a group of Arab journalists has been working secretly in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, and Yemen as part of a global network of investigative reporters mining the...

Four Reasons It's Time to Retake Raqqa - Tom Rogan, National Review

Raqqa, like Mosul, is compressed against the Euphrates River. Daesh would therefore face three choices in a battle for the city: surrender; run south into the desert (and face aeri...

The Cost of Rebuilding Iraq - Omar Al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor

The city of Ramadi recaptured from the Islamic State requires international reconstruction efforts and aid, so that its displaced residents may return and rebuild their lives....

The Resurgence of Muqtada al-Sadr - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

While this certainly wouldn't be the first time that the popular cleric has wrapped himself in the Iraqi flag, al-Sadr has gone out of his way in recent weeks to pose first and for...

The Liberation of Mosul Has Begun - Michael Knights, Foreign Policy

But who’s going to lead the fight to take Iraq’s second city back from the Islamic State?...

How the West Bribed and Bought Iraq - Nick McKenzie, et.al, The Age

As tens of thousands of secret emails reveal, Al Jarah and Unaoil were at the heart of a global bribery operation funded, sometimes wittingly, by dozens of US, British, European an...

Time to Prevent a Flood in Iraq - The National

For several months, the strength of the Mosul dam in northern Iraq has been in question. The dam secures more than 11 billion cubic metres of water. If it were to burst, the city o...

ISIS Has Its Eyes on al-Qaeda's Global Network - Hassan Hassan, National

ISIL’s hold on territory in Iraq and Syria is still key to its relevance regionally and internationally, and its hold will probably continue for many years even if that territory...

Keep the Militias Out of Mosul - Saleem Al Jubouri, New York Times

As we look toward the liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, we face a stark choice. Mosul has a population of more than a million people, a majority of them Sunni....

How ISIS Exported Chaos to Europe - Martin Chulov, The Guardian

Isis now contends that geography was a means to its ultimate ends, which were always to spread its influence far and wide. The group’s most senior leaders, among them the sti...

Iraq Moves to Retake Mosul From ISIS - Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi military backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State mi...

Should Christians Stay in Iraq? - Giles Fraser, The Guardian

Christians are being butchered by Isis, yet the church’s leaders are encouraging congregations to stay. But is preserving Christian history in the Middle East more important ...

Will the Islamic State Survive 2016? - Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

Following spectacular combat gains for two years, the Islamic State (IS) is on the defensive in Iraq and Syria. In 2015, IS lost 14% of the territory it once controlled. It has los...

Saddam Nostalgia Is Tearing Iraq Apart - Rasha Al Aqeedi, The National

The comparison between life during and after Saddam has the unintentional effect of putting justified grievances and frustration on a par with idolising tyrants. While Sunnis face ...

ISIS Is Losing Its Territory -- and Fast - Henry Johnson, Foreign Policy

At the end of 2014, the Islamic State controlled one-third of Iraq and one-third of Syria – a land mass roughly equal to the area of Great Britain — where the extremist...

Mosul Dam: An Epic Catastrophe in the Making? - N. Ferguson, Bos. Globe

There is a powerful symbolism in the impending collapse of Iraq’s Mosul dam. Built on the cheap by Saddam Hussein in the early 1980s, it holds back up to 2.9 trillion gallons...

How Iraq Warped Obama's Worldview - Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic

It is unclear what being right on Iraq would mean for your likelihood of being right on Syria, since the contexts in question are, in a way, opposites: Civil war in Iraq began afte...

Who Bears the Most Blame for ISIS's Rise? - Neil Swidey, Boston Globe

It took us five years to talk honestly about Vietnam. It’s time to do that with Iraq, and Paul Bremer’s tenure is the place to begin....

The Obama Doctrine - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Obama has come to a number of dovetailing conclusions about the world, and about America’s role in it. The first is that the Middle East is no longer terribly important to Am...

Is the Islamic State Hurting? - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

The Abu Sayyaf raid [in Syria in May of 2015] was critical. We did a Special Forces operation to capture Abu Sayyaf, the No. 1 financier in ISIL, right outside Shaddadi. It ended u...

The Islamic State's Money Problems - Patrick Johnston, USA Today

In addition to these two coalition initiatives to erode ISIL’s major financial pillars, the struggling economies of Iraq and Syria have also hindered ISIL’s ability to ...

America's Latest Weapon Against ISIS? A Dam - Simon Tisdall, Guardian

It may be a coincidence that apocalyptic American warnings that Mosul’s giant dam could imminently collapse, potentially killing 1 million Iraqis, come at the very moment whe...

ISIS's Expansion Woes - Gartenstein-Ross & Barr, War on the Rocks

Judging from the Islamic State’s propaganda, it would appear the group is rapidly overtaking the Muslim world. The Islamic State has declared wilayats (provinces) in ten coun...

Were Iraqis Better Off Under Saddam? - Adnan Abu Zeed, Al-Monitor

Iraq's current security chaos appears to be inspiring a bit of nostalgia for Saddam Hussein’s days, though it is unclear who, exactly, is reminiscing....

How Iraqi Forces Drove ISIS from Ramadi - Jane Arraf, Newsweek

It was not easy. More than 40 special forces troops and several hundred regular Iraqi army soldiers were killed in this latest battle for Ramadi. Special forces commanders say they...

Hillary Clinton's Libya Gamble - Jo Becker & Scott Shane, New York Times

This is the story of how a woman whose Senate vote for the Iraq war may have doomed her first presidential campaign nonetheless doubled down and pushed for military action in anoth...

America's 25-Year Fiasco in Iraq - Perry Cammack, National Interest

A problem that has confounded four presidents, and perhaps soon a fifth...

An Iraq of Myth and Fantasy - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Go back and review speeches on the floor of Congress in support of the Bush administration’s using force. Some of the most muscular were the arguments of Joe Biden, Hillary C...

Sudden Retreats Don't Mean ISIS Is Defeated - Hassan Hassan, National

ISIL has clearly weakened over the past year, thanks in large part to the US-led air strikes. But weakness does not mean the group is unable to plan, divide and endure....

Fight or Flight: America's Mideast Choice - Ken Pollack, Foreign Affairs

Grasping the real choices that the United States faces in the Middle East requires an honest understanding of what is going on there. Although it is fashionable to blame the region...

The Problem With ISIS - Aaron David Miller, RealClearWorld

The recent Congressional testimony of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sharply frames the conundrum the United States faces when countering the Islamic State and oth...

Friendly Dictators Can't Save the Arab World - David Blair, Telegraph

If you topple a dictator you have chaos today; if you support him you have turmoil tomorrow and great human suffering in the meantime....

The Forgotten Truth About Why America Invaded Iraq - Max Fisher, Vox

The US primarily invaded Iraq not because of lies or because of bad intelligence, though both featured. In fact, it invaded because of an ideology....

A Mini World War Rages in Aleppo - Liz Sly, Washington Post

Russian warplanes are bombing from the sky. Iraqi and Lebanese militias aided by Iranian advisers are advancing on the ground. An assortment of Syrian rebels backed by the United S...

Iran's Weak Grip Over Iraqi Militias - Ranj Alaaldin, Foreign Affairs

These groups’ popularity came from their success in rolling back ISIS in places like Tikrit, Diyala, Baiji, and Anbar, as well as preventing the jihadis from expanding furthe...

Did Bashar Assad Win New Hampshire? - Juan Cole, Informed Comment

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won big in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Caution is in order, since that state is demographically not very much like the rest of the United States, and ...

Does Obama Not See the Tides of War Swell? - J. Diehl, Washington Post

“The tide of war is receding,” Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality. No...

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Kurd-Shi'ite clashes in northern Ir

By Isabel Coles TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq (Reuters) - Clashes between Kurdish and Shi'ite Turkmen paramilit...

Migrants seek new routes into Balka

By Fedja Grulovic IDOMENI, Greece (Reuters) - After weeks stranded at a closed border in northern Gr...

Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkme

Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries were Sunday engaged in clashes that have ...

Suicide attacks in Iraq kill at lea

BAGHDAD (AP) — Suicide attacks targeting security forces in two Baghdad suburbs have killed at lea...

Obama says post-Brexit UK-U.S. trad

By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could have to wait a decade for a free trade deal with t...