Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Why No One Should Still Be a Neocon

Dan Larison, American Conservative

ISIS Shifts Tactics in Fallujah

Mushreq Abbas, Al Monitor

Let Us Count the Ways Arabs Are Dying

Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

One of the many serious flaws of neoconservatism is its excessive confidence in American power. This routinely leads its adherents into advocating aggressive policies without takin...(full article)

Yes, the Iraq war was a disaster. But here’s what libertarians and most liberals don’t understand about American military power -- and American morality....(full article)

The tragedy of polio is not just the way it blights lives or even that the world came tantalisingly close to eradicating this wholly preventable disease only a few years ago. The c...(full article)

Three months after the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) decided to avoid public appearances and maintain a low profile in Fallujah, the group put o...(full article)

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Baghdad's Decline, Fall -- and Rise? - The National

One thing the Arab world has in abundance is grand cities. From Kairouan in Tunisia, through Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa and Jerusalem, there is scarcely an Arab country without one or ...

A Syrian Reflection in Many Arab States - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Perhaps one reason why Arab host countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq keep their borders open is that these countries have all experienced the pain of conflicts that sent man...

The Perils of Being Christian in Iraq - Fehim Tastekin, Radikal

The cradle of civilization is in peril. The Middle East once was a place where different religions, denominations and cultures lived together despite the historical enmities and pr...

The Kurdish Women's Revolution - Ofra Bengio, Jerusalem Post

Kurdish history is replete with cases of women assuming leadership roles in the realm of religion, politics and even in the military sphere....

Forget Western Hypocrisy on Ukraine - Simon Tisdall, CNN

All the self-righteous huffing and puffing in Washington over Ukraine jars on European and especially Russian ears after the multiple U.S.-led invasions and interventions in other ...

Who Are We to Judge Russia? - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

My sentiments, to be clear, are with the legitimate Ukrainian government, not with the neo-imperialist regime in Russia. But the United States, frankly, has limited standing to ins...

America Is Not in Retreat - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

As America navigates a changing world, the people who seem to be having the greatest difficulty with the adjustment are the country’s pundits. Over the past few weeks, a new conv...

The Internationalism of the Heartland - David Ignatius, Washington Post

When politicians evoke global engagement, that shouldn’t be code for ever-higher defense spending. Internationalism should signify trade links that provide markets and jobs; ...

My War Against Terror - Nouri al-Maliki, Foreign Policy

Iraq is fully engaged in the war against al-Qaeda....

Syria, Iraq, Lebanon: The New AfPak - Anno Bunnik, National Interest

Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries as a common space, as we do now with “AfPak.”...

U.S. Should Open Its Door to Kurds - Washington Post

As bloodshed in Iraq and Syria has steadily escalated, the importance to the United States of one regional ally has been growing. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, w...

Could Syria Kill al-Qaeda? - Hassan Mneimneh, German Marshall Fund

Many regions under regime control have regressed into similar patterns, with cult-like expressions of devotion to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in lieu of enforced radical relig...

Jordan's Fragile Stability - Jose Ciro Martinez, Los Angeles Times

Jordan recently became one of the 10 nonpermanent members of the United Nations Security Council, a position that will put the international spotlight on the Hashemite kingdom. Its...

The Arab World's False Choice - Michael Young, The National

Arab democrats can legitimately lament their inability to outmanoeuvre their countries’ military. The cravenness of western states aside, Arab societies have too often been pushe...

The Iraq War Never Ended - Jacopo Ottaviano, Foreign Policy

According to the latest report by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 7,818 civilians and 1,050 security forces died in violent attacks across Iraq in 2013 -- ma...

Why Rand Paul Is Right About Iraq - Emile Simpson, Foreign Policy

The United States needs to officially end the Iraq war -- or else acknowledge that it’s waging an endless and unwinnable fight....

Even the Kurds Are Turning Away from U.S. - Michael Rubin, Commentary

How sad it is that America’s best friends in the region see the United States as devoid of meaningful influence. And what happens in Kurdistan does not stay in Kurdistan: Eve...

Joe Biden Was Right About Dividing Iraq - James Kitfield, National Journal

A Maliki victory in the April elections, increased Kurdish agitation for outright independence, or continued territorial gains by al-Qaida all threaten to accelerate that devolutio...

Obama's Iraq-Haunted Thinking on Syria - Alec MacGillis, New Republic

When it comes to the question of intervening against Bashar al-Assad, it’s simply the case that Syria pretty much is Iraq for the Obama administration. The particularism that...

The Sickly Middle East - Daniel Pipes, National Post

The recent fall of Fallujah, Iraq, to an Al-Qaeda-linked group provides an unwelcome reminder of the American resources and lives devoted in 2004 to 2007 to control the city &mdash...

Why Is Iraq's Population Booming? - Charlotte McDonald, BBC Magazine

The UN says that at least 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in Iraq in 2013, the highest numbers for years. But despite this - and despite a deca...

Iraq's Sectarian War Threatens Entire Middle East - The National

As talks on the Syrian conflict continue in Geneva, the eyes of the world have shifted from the crisis next door in Iraq. But, as The National reported yesterday, the United Nation...

How Is Iraq's Population Still Rising? - Charlotte McDonald, BBC News

The UN says that at least 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in Iraq in 2013, the highest numbers for years. But despite this - and despite a deca...

My Lunch with a Jihadi - Elliot Ackerman, The Daily Beast

As a Marine Captain in Iraq, Elliot Ackerman lost men fighting jihadis, but then he found himself breaking bread with a former adversary in a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey....

It's Not America's Iraq Anymore - Los Angeles Times

Gains by Al Qaeda-allied groups in Iraq — including in Fallouja, the site of a bloody U.S. offensive in 2004 — understandably anger Americans who lost loved ones in a "war of c...

U.S. Making Things Worse in the Middle East - Fareed Zakaria, Wash Post

As violence has flared up in Iraq again, a bevy of Bush administration officials has risen to argue that if only the United States were more actively involved in Iraq, had a few th...

The West's Catastrophic Defeat in the Mideast - Dominique Moisi, Les Echos

Bashar al-Assad is still in power in Damascus and al-Qaeda's black flag was recently waving above Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq. Not only has the process of fragmentation in Syria no...

Has al-Qaeda Found Zarqawi's Successor? - Mushreq Abbas, Al Monitor

Al-Qaeda commander Shaker Wahib is the heir apparent of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his legacy with Iraqi and regional young al-Qaeda militants, who...

Obama's Losing Bet on Iran - Michael Doran & Max Boot, New York Times

Trying to draw the Iranians into a negotiated solution will almost certainly mean keeping Mr. Assad in power. That, in turn, will only play into the hands of Sunni extremists....

Can Iraq Survive? - Ted Galen Carpenter, The National Interest

The explosion of fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province is creating consternation in U.S. foreign policy circles, as worries increase about the possibility of civil war and the fi...

Four Elections That Will Shape the Mideast - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Elections, by themselves, don’t decide the future of a country. What they do is allow the electorate to legitimise who they believe has the best vision of the future. The fro...

Saving Iraq from Civil War - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Saleh al-Mutlaq, a deputy prime minister of Iraq, arrived in Washington this week with a modest request for a president he says prematurely withdrew American forces from his coun...

Where al-Qaeda's Next Comeback Could Be - Bruce Riedel, The Daily Beast

With the fight for Fallujah, Al-Qaeda has roared back to life in Iraq—a scenario that could easily repeat itself in Afghanistan and Pakistan if the U.S. isn’t careful....

Maliki Is as Dangerous as al-Qaeda - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

No one can deny that al Qaeda is a violent extremist threat wherever it operates. It poses a threat in terms of transnational terrorism in the United States and Europe, and a far m...

Al-Qaeda Has No Future in the Arab World - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Many people in the Middle East and abroad are rightly concerned about the rise and impact of hard-line Salafist-takfiri Islamist groups that have recently proliferated and controll...

U.S. Needs to Fight al-Qaeda in Iraq - James Dubik, Washington Post

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is a threat to U.S. interests that needs to be fought....

Who Lost Iraq? It's Complicated - Ned Parker, Politico Magazine

What happened is far more complicated than the critics contend. It is the story of an administration that struggled to define its relationship with Iraq as it withdrew the majority...

Syria Spillover Is Redrawing the Mideast Map - Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde

The Syrian conflict and the surrounding chaos are allowing al-Qaeda to reinforce its presence in the region, starting with Iraq and Lebanon....

The Mideast's Disappearing Borders - Seth Mandel, Commentary

Al-Qaeda may be close to claiming control of key parts of a state, and since that state is Iraq it’s bad enough. But pair the chaos in Iraq with the bloodshed elsewhere in the ...

Kerry Is Just Not in Touch with Reality - Daniel Pipes, National Review

Despite all that’s going on in the Middle East — the Iranian nuclear buildup, the violence in Iraq, the shaking of Erdogan’s rule in Turkey, civil war in Syria, Egypt and Y...

How to (Carefully) Predict Global Events - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

While half of reality is utterly unpredictable events involving individuals, the other half is composed of large geographical, demographic, economic and technological forces whose ...

Iran's Fingerprints in Fallujah - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Like everything else about Iraq, this is a tragic and confusing story. But two points seem clear: First, the Obama administration, in its rush to leave the country, allowed the sec...

A Grim Sequel to Iraq's War - Peter Baker, New York Times

For two years, President Obama has boasted that he accomplished what his predecessor had not. “I ended the war in Iraq,” he has told audience after audience. But a resurgence b...

Has Sahwa Hit the Fan in Syria? - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

Has sahwa finally hit the fan in Syria? Since just after Christmas, the nastiest and most backward group in the country, the schismatic al-Qaeda affiliate, the Islamic State of Ir...

Who Can End Iraq's Sunni-Shiite Violence? - Christian Science Monitor

Iraq needs prominent Islamic leaders who back democracy to now speak out for democracy's survival. Who better than Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani - despite his reluctance....

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Iraq insurgents use water as weapon

Insurgents in Iraq have added water to their arsenal of weapons after seizing control of a dam in th...

Big Data’s War on Crime

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