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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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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....

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...

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