Iraq

جمهورية العراق

The Invasive Species Known as ISIS

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

When Is a War Not a War?

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post

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...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

The anti-ISIS coalition has one goal: save Iraq....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Islamic State's Tactical Mastermind - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, WOTR

The group’s recent success in Anbar can be attributed primarily to one exceptional field commander and ISIL official, Abu Umar al-Shishani, who executed a series of brilliant...

Freedom Is a Value, but so Is Stability - Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel

Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

Obama May Succumb to Mission Creep - Fred Kaplan, Slate

President Obama is practically allergic to “mission creep,” the slow but out-of-control expansion of a war’s aims, terrain, and scope. But he’s coming under...

The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of ...

Obama Has no Strategy - Malcolm Fraser, The Guardian

Air power alone will not make a difference in Iraq. Barack Obama, and his allies, have the worst strategic understanding possible of what they claim is an existential threat....

Why IS Beheads - Robert Pape, Michael Rowley & Sarah Morell, Politico

The Islamic State’s brutality has a strategic logic....

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....

Too Much Air Against IS - Frederick & Kimberly Kagan, LA Times

A desultory bombing mission isn't going to defeat Islamic State....

Iran to Elite Troops: Don't Bother U.S. in Iraq - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

The last time Iranian and American forces were in Iraq, the two sides quietly fought each other. Now Iran’s Quds Force officers in Iraq are purposely leaving the Americans al...

Why We Should not Pay Ransoms - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Ransoms are not the answer. Such payments not only sustain the market for future kidnappings, but – worse still – help groups like Isil prosper, grow, and kill thousand...

Even if U.S. Defeats ISIS, It Will Lose - Andrew Bacevich, Washington Post

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield X...

Jihadists Won't Be Repelled Easily - Jonathan Rugman, New Statesman

You see, there are good Kurds and bad Kurds in western foreign policy: some we help and some we don’t....

ISIS Extends Its Reach - Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....

Iraq's Army Is Spoiled at the Top - Alan Philps, The National

Behind the headlines of air strikes against ISIL forces, there is worrying evidence of the continuing failure of the Iraqi army to resist the assaults of the jihadists, despite hav...

Obama's Betrayal - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

We elected Obama precisely to be calm and sane enough to be able to resist what he has now done. He betrayed us. His policy, such as it is, is utterly incoherent and as free from a...

Obama Sends Mixed Messages on War - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

The president has been waging war on the Islamic State with defense programs he has slashed....

Kissinger's Last Appeal for Realism - Vartan Oskanian, Al Jazeera

The bear knows seven songs and they are all about honey - I don't know if that's an Armenian saying or a Russian one, but it's true for Kissinger as well. All of his songs are abou...

The Fatal Flaw in the Fight Against ISIS - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The west is left leading an intervention that lacks a clearly defined political ambition and a military exit strategy. Stemming the jihadi tide to prevent the collapse of Iraq was ...

Truman's Israel Policy Can Teach Obama on IS - James Fromson, WOTR

In early 1948, Harry Truman’s policy of support for the partition of Palestine — and thereby the creation of the state of Israel — appeared dead in the water. As ...

American Incompetence In a World Going Mad - John Podhoretz, NY Post

An intruder made his way across the White House lawn and through the building almost to the Obama living quarters before being stopped by a Secret Service officer who was off duty:...

More Than Air Support Needed to Beat ISIS - David Francis, Fiscal Times

President Obama says that it may take the U.S. and its allies three years to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, with heavy dependence on stepped up U.S. airstrikes. ...

Fighting the Purpose-Driven Jihad - Kevin Sullivan, NI

No matter how much lip service American presidents pay to the aspirations of Arabs and Muslims across the greater Middle East, the United States is -- and will likely remain -- hea...

Waging a War of Ideas Against IS - Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, PS

The global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today’s crisis of extremism, we must recognize that we are just as in...

Restore Hope to Beat Islamist Extremists - The National

There can be no doubt that rise of the extremist Islamist group ISIL poses a serious threat to the region, and there can be no doubt that the leadership in the United Arab Emirates...

Obama Must Walk a Fine Line in Syria - Michael Sturmer, Worldcrunch

It was President Barack Obama who gave the command to attack ISIS targets inside Syria, though it was more out of cluelessness and exasperation than any strategic plan for peace in...

How to Cut Off Terror Tycoons - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

It’s the only self-funding terrorist organization in history and it does business with U.S. "allies." How can ISIS’s money machine be stopped?...

ISIS Cannot Simply Be Contained - Brad Taylor, War on the Rocks

Just two years ago, with a force of slightly more than 3,000 fighters, ISIS took on the formidable array of weaponry from Syria’s President Assad. The result? ISIS not only s...

The Islamic State's Grisly Manual for Jihad - David Ignatius, WaPo

It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.” But people looking for insight into the extremist strategy that inflames the fighte...

U.S. Congress Must Vote On War - Washington Post

At the United Nations on Wednesday, President Obama offered a powerful case for war against the Islamic State. “This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and...

What Should the Aim of Middle East Intervention Be? - The Guardian

The most fundamental question before the Commons on Friday is whether we – Britain, the United States and other western nations – should be in the Middle East at all....

America's Hamstrung Military Efforts - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

Ever since 9/11, Americans have been debating the limits of war, the rules of war, the purpose of war, even the definition of war. Weeks after it had already started bombing the Is...

U.S Reprises Failed Logic of War on Terror - Ramzy Mardini, FT

Last month’s US air strikes in Iraq were defined and defensive. That posture has evolved into one that is open-ended and offensive, as seen in this month’s extension of...

Airstrikes Play into ISIS's Hands - Peter Oborne, The Telegraph

Barely 12 months have passed since David Cameron asked MPs to support air strikes against President Assad’s regime in Syria, a proposition that the House of Commons very sens...

How to De-Radicalize Terrorists - Bloomberg

U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations this morning may have attracted more attention, but his chairmanship of the UN Security Council later in the day may have...

Arab Nations Are Right to Join Fight on ISIS - The National

In many ways, the involvement of so many Arab countries in the battle against ISIL is a defining moment. In another sense, however, it is merely a natural response to the context o...

The Fight Against IS Shifts Into High Gear - John McLaughlin, Ozy

U.S. officials are talking in terms of a year or more to select, train and deploy into Syria about 5,000 new anti-Islamic State fighters chosen from within the region — and i...

The U.S. Is Leading a Robust Arab Coalition - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

According to the Pentagon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates directly contributed airpower to the attacks, while Qatar played a supporting role. So much fo...

Are We Already Seeing Mission Creep in Syria? - Kathy Gilsinan, Atlantic

The Khorasan Group made no appearance in Obama's speech warning Americans that U.S. airstrikes in Syria were likely. And it's unclear what the group's exact relationship is to al-Q...

Obama's Airstrikes Might Be Unexpectedly Effective - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The key to this war, like in all wars, will be political. It is highly significant that four Arab nations—Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain—participat...

Obama's War Is not Bush's War - Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

The war against ISIS may fail. But morally, it’s the opposite of Bush’s war, and if it succeeds, it will do so for precisely that reason....

The Alarming Absences in Obama's Coalition - Bloomberg

Obama's success in assembling this regional military coalition is impressive. But it is incomplete. Including Turkey in the military effort would send a signal to Islamic State tha...

The Long Battle Against ISIS Begins - The National

Air strikes have begun against the militant group. But more than a military solution will be needed....

The Ancestors of ISIS - David Motadel, New York Times

In the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the Islamic ...

U.S. Intel Chief Dismissed IS, Still Has Job - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

In an interview with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius on Wednesday, the Director of National Intelligence admitted that he had completely underestimated ISIS. He didn't antic...

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Washington (AFP) - Military commanders from the US-led coalition against the Islamic State will meet...

Cotton, Pryor stick to familiar the

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton repeatedly tried to tie Democratic Sen. Mark P...

Turkey: No new deal with US on usin

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO allies Turkey and the United States differed Monday on where they stand...

Turkey has not reached new deal to

By Ozge Ozbilgin ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has not reached a new agreement to let the United States ...

Kerry to meet Libyan FM in Paris

Paris (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold surprise talks in Paris with his Libyan cou...