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It’s early days yet but Canada already faces pressure to ramp up its military commitment against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria....(full article)

As America and the West continue their fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban is trying to prevent its rank and file from joining the jihadi group....(full article)

After a string of victories by Iraqi and Kurdish forces against ISIS over the past two weeks, the rumors started popping up online: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, had be...(full article)

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...(full article)

The GOP may see Obama as not ultimately committed to keeping US troops out of Iraq and Syria, and will almost certainly attempt to force him to put more boots on the ground (John M...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Yazidis Face Genocide as U.S. Turns Away - Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

Months after the president stepped in to save the Yazidis from genocide, the airstrikes have slowed to a trickle. Supplies have dried up. And ISIS is closing in on Mount Sinjar aga...

The Middle East's New Power Structure - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

“War,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is the “father of all things.” In view of the bloody – indeed barbaric – events in the Mid...

Boots to Anbar, Now - Tom Rogan, National Review

If the Sunni tribes are defeated, America will have to re-deploy large numbers of ground forces back to Iraq....

Don't Repeat Iraq Blunders in Afghanistan - Boston Globe

Success in foreign policy requires patience. Although history will almost certainly judge the 2003 invasion of Iraq to be a strategic blunder, the downside of Obama’s decisio...

America's New Middle East Quagmire - Fred Kaplan, Slate

America’s campaign against ISIS has already lost its way....

Life in Fallujah Under ISIS - Katie Zavadski, New York Magazine

Fallujah, a city about an hour’s drive west of Baghdad, has been under ISIS control since February. But here's the weird thing: Nobody seems to know what's going on there....

Whose Side Is Turkey On? - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

Turkey’s volte face was the latest in a series of miscalculations it had made about developments in Syria since the first uprising against Assad in 2011....

Vietnam and ISIS - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Obsessed with communism, America intervened in Vietnam’s civil war and took the place of the French colonialists. Obsessed with jihadism and 9/11, are we now doing the biddin...

Washington's Wishful Thinking in the Middle East - David Ignatius, WaPo

The Arab world is suffering a sense of vertigo these days. Extremists from the Islamic State, who have seemingly arisen out of nowhere, have burst through the gates of power. Polit...

Unstoppable ISIS Has Been Stopped - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Watching the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that ISIS is an unstoppable juggernaut, sweeping Iraq and Syria in an unending, unstoppable, terrible blitzkrieg. But you'd be...

Australian Troops Await Visas to Fight ISIS - Hartcher & Wroe, SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott six weeks ago announced a preparatory positioning of forces in the region. This made Australia the first country to commit troops to the international ef...

What Kobani Means, and What It Doesn't - Mark Thompson, Time

The Kurdish struggle to hold on to Syrian border town isn't all good news....

The Arab World Needs Israel's Help - Jake Wallis Simons, Jerusalem Post

After decades of corrupt dictatorships and rising Islamism, a brief glance across the region reveals that the blood of Sunni and Shi’ite spatters almost every cobblestone fro...

There Should Be a U.S. Base in Kurdistan - J. Foreman, Weekly Standard

it is time for America’s planners to consider breaking with tradition and setting up new bases in countries that are likely to remain reliable allies—even if they are n...

The Islamic State's Child Soldiers - Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy

The West could be fighting them for generations to come....

Obama's Team of Bumblers - Michael Hirsh, Politico

Are Susan Rice and Chuck Hagel equal to today’s new national-security challenges?...

The Neocon Spring - Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest

Perhaps no one has inadvertently done more to revive the fortunes of the neocons and liberal hawks than President Obama....

The Middle East's Loss of Sovereignty - Juan Cole, Informed Comment

In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...

The Cryptic Motives Driving the anti-ISIS Coalition - Daily Star

The Syrian regime said Wednesday it too was providing assistance to the Kurds, joining a motley crew of Iranians, the U.S., Gulf countries and many European nations....

13 Years of Costly Foreign Follies - Robert Merry, National Interest

The gnawing question is: What accounts for so many years under two presidents when foreign policy turned out to be one fiasco after another?...

Doubling Down on Obama's Syria Disaster - M. Weiss & F. Itani, Politico

Fareed Zakaria and Leslie Gelb both have made what they think are bold and unfashionable proposals for U.S. policy in Syria without bothering to realize that their prescriptions ha...

Do ISIS Fighters Value the Caliphate? - Tiersky & Chioke, Huffington Post

The outside world's war with ISIS seems to be evolving in a more positive direction. In the battle for Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, ISIS fighters are retreating even althou...

Daily Life in the Shadow of ISIS - Alice Su, The Atlantic

Meryem has renamed the third floor of Motel Kurdistan. “Welcome to Bayt al-Sinjar!” the 8-year-old shouted, flinging her arms wide as my elevator door opened. I followed her ...

Does Obama Know PKK Can Be Allies? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Difficulties in the Turkish government’s relationship with Turkey’s Kurdish population continue to overshadow efforts to implement a coherent and comprehensive strategy to ad...

America's Stale View of the Muslim World - James Zogby, The National

Instead of elevating the discourse, these “experts” dumb it down. And instead of making people aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they...

Understanding Why Women Join ISIS - Amanda Taub, Vox

ISIS's treatment of women seems to be rife with confusing contradictions. The group's strict rules for women's dress seem oppressive, and its restrictions on women's behavior seem ...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

Arming Rebels Works - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s ...

7 Bad Endings to the New Middle East War - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer. After all, with all that military power be...

Training Foreign Armies Is a Misuse of Funds - A. Nekrassov, Al Jazeera

Why the mainstream US media hasn't gone for the juicy bone that is the obvious corruption in the U.S. military....

Another Deadly Legacy in Iraq - New York Times

The investigation exposes shocking failings by the Pentagon, among them a callous disregard for the safety and care of American and Iraqi troops and a disturbing pattern of secrecy...

ISIS Oil: The Well Is Running Dry - Matthew Philips, BusinessWeek

A report from the International Energy Agency in Paris has just estimated that Islamic State controls only about 20,000 barrels of daily oil production, down from about 70,000 as o...

Out of Desperation, IS Turns to Baghdad - Michael Knights, Politico

Baghdad won’t fall to cascading panic the way that Mosul did in June 2014, no matter how many towns and cities ISIL overruns in the Euphrates River Valley to the northwest of...

A Brief History of Biker Gangs at War - Anne Jolis, The Spectator

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In Holland, meanwhile, authorities faced a more cheering tas...

Obama Pushed to Walk the Path to Escalation - David Ignatius, WaPo

As fighters from the Islamic State surge in Iraq toward control of Anbar province in the west and the town of Kobane on the Syrian border , U.S. commanders and diplomats are signal...

ISIS Makes Rapid Gains in Anbar - D. Gartenstein-Ross, War on the Rocks

The situation in the province has rapidly deteriorated. At this point, the districts of al-Qa’im, Anah, Hit, Fallujah, and Karmah are all under the control of anti-government...

Iraq Insists Baghdad Airport Is Just Fine - Susannah George, Daily Beast

Never mind what America’s top general said. ISIS was never close to overrunning this strategically crucial location, Iraqi officials claim....

A War of Endless Contradictions - H.D.S. Greenway, Boston Globe

I would submit the war be called “Operation Enduring Contradiction,” and here’s why....

Hold the Abettors of Jihad Accountable - Jamsheed & Carol Choksy, RCW

Only the Muslim nations that ignited jihadism can now defuse it, working with moderate Iraqis and Syrians who are directly affected by it....

The Ruins of the Middle East - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Obama’s unfortunate Middle East legacy was predicated on six flawed assumptions: (1) a special relationship with Turkey; (2) distancing the U.S. from Israel; (3) empathy for Isla...

Islamic State's Deadly, Effective Tactics - John McLaughlin, Ozy

After more than 400 coalition airstrikes, the countries opposing the Islamic State have gained a fighting chance, but they have yet to slow the group’s momentum or to markedl...

The U.S. Needs to Respond to IS's Success, Now - John Nagl, Politico

ISIL has had a really good year, which is very bad news for U.S. interests in the Middle East....

The Invasive Species Known as ISIS - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

ISIS operates just like an “invasive species” in the world of plants and animals. It is not native to either the Iraqi or Syrian ecosystems. It never before grew in the...

When Is a War Not a War? - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post

When is a war not a war? Does it matter, when a bomb is dropped or a missile launched, whether it’s called “counterterrorism,” or “armed conflict,” or...

The United States Doesn't Care About Syria - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

The anti-ISIS coalition has one goal: save Iraq....

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Iraq's top cleric says graft in arm

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric said on Friday...

Obama writes Iran's supreme leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Preside...

Obama writes rare letter to Iran's

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Ba...

Peshmergas blunt, don't break, Isla

By Omer Berberoglu and Rasha Elass MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces have b...

APNewsBreak: Jihadis on cruise ship

Would-be jihadi fighters are increasingly booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in batt...