Iraq

جمهورية العراق

Paying the Bill for Sykes-Picot

Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe

ISIS Gains Ground

Tim Mak & Nancy Yousseff, Daily Beast

Don't Buy the ISIS Hype

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Spectator

The Strange 'How We Lost' Debate

James Jay Carafano, TNI

Americans Don't Want War on ISIS

Greg Scoblete, RealClearWorld

‘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...(full article)

American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners....(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

Saudi Arabia's Challenges - Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, Stratfor

The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are c...

We Can't Solve the Mesopotamian Crisis - Tom Switzer, SMH

One senior US official who understood this problem from the outset was Christopher Hill, a former ambassador to Iraq. Writing in Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diploma...

Suicide Bombings up 94% in 2014 - Amos Harel, Haaretz

The claim that most suicide attacks are carried out against foreign occupiers has been proved false once again, says Israel's INSS think tank....

The Islamization of Daily Life in Iraq - Wassim Bassem, Al-Monitor

Religion has come to dominate daily life in Iraq, as many youths have adopted religious traditions to organize the details of their lives. Religion is no longer limited to rituals ...

The Islamic State's Bizarre Quest for Legitimacy - Jamie Dettmer, DB

For ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his disciples, claims of state legitimacy and stability are crucial—they distinguish ISIS from its rival al-Qaeda, which disavowed the...

Why ISIS Could Destroy Itself - Paul Pillar, The National Interest

The fortunes of the extreme and violent group known variously as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State seem to have changed markedly during the past few months. This summer the group was commo...

ISIS Has Executed Almost 2,000 People - Elizabeth Barber, Time

The great majority of them were civilians....

Federalize the Middle East - David Gardner, Financial Times

The ultra-centralism of the Arab security state is a recruiting sergeant for Isis....

Ah Israeli Photographer on the ISIS Front - Daniel Tchetchik, Haaretz

Eddie Gerald documented the battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq....

Is ISIS the Disease or the Cure? - Patrick Graham, The Globe & Mail

There is something reassuring about the latest atrocities committed by the Islamic State militants, whether a beheading video or this week’s protocols on how to abuse the wom...

Focus the Debate on How to Beat ISIS - Marco Rubio, Miami Herald

It is clear that our efforts to defeat the Islamic State have been inadequate. Half-measures will not work against a growing threat from radical Islamists that are uniting fracture...

A Dangerous Rivalry for the Kurds - Ranj Alaaldin, New York Times

In August, Iraq’s Kurds faced their most serious threat since the Baath Party’s massacres and genocide of the 1980s. The Islamic State came within 30 kilometers of Erbil, the...

Gen. Allen Is the Right Man for Fight Against IS - David Ignatius, WaPo

Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel as if he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat the Islamic State: Iran is a silent partner in Iraq but a potential adver...

No Cause for Optimism Against ISIS - Tom Rogan, National Review

Condemn the CIA for interrogating a few terrorists, but remain on the sidelines while ISIS glories in child rape and decapitation?...

Kurdistan's 'State' Warfare - Odisho, Mustafa & Fisher, The Conversation

Opening a front against Kurdistan, although inexplicable on military and political grounds, is intelligible under different criteria. The only reason that stands out among the prev...

Mosul, a City at Death's Doorstep - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

December 9 marks the six-month anniversary of ISIL's capture of Mosul. The capture both put ISIL on the map and simultaneously threatened to fundamentally redraw it. Coverage of th...

Rescuing Hostages Is Never Easy - Martin Reardon, Al Jazeera

Saturday's failed hostage rescue mission in Yemen was indeed tragic. While the official details as to exactly what happened have not yet been released, it appears Luke Somers, an A...

The Complexity of Iran's Fight Against ISIS - Brian Downing, Asia Times

What does the increased and more open Iranian presence in Iraq signify, for the region, and for Iran's relations with the rest of the world?...

Sunnis Struggle Through the Age of the Shiite - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW

If you are a Sunni who lives in the land that stretches between the Lebanese coast and the Iranian-Afghan border, you are doomed. If you are a secular Sunni, you must be a Baathist...

A United Iraq is the Best Pushback Against ISIS - The National

There are few upsides to the emergence of ISIL. The group’s twisted interpretation of Islam to justify its own intolerant and violent agenda threatens to drown out moderate v...

A Deal to Keep Kurdistan in Iraq - Dexter Filkins, New Yorker

For months, it seemed, the next new country to rise from the rubble of the Middle East was not the thing called the Islamic State, which wouldn’t be likely to get a seat in t...

Iran's Nuclear Pursuits Will Draw Copycats - John Bolton, Wash Times

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....

ISIS Plunders the Treasures of Antiquity - Martine Robert, Worldcrunch

Amid the mayhem of civil war, huge money is to be made from stealing and selling archeological treasures from Iraq and Syria. ISIS ambitions are fueling an already huge black marke...

Navigating Iraq War 3.0 - Peter Van Buren, Reuters

If the United States was looking for the surest way to lose Iraq War 3.0, it might start by retraining the failed Iraqi Army to send north — alongside ruthless Shi’ite ...

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Iraq War 4.0? - Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Let's play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there's another superpowe...

Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS - Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group....

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

What Scares China's Military - Robert Farley, The National Interest

In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi Army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat greater technical sophistication than th...

The CIA's Struggle to Understand Arab Culture - Dina Rezk, WOTR

From the Iranian revolution to the Arab Spring, the United States has consistently been accused of misunderstanding the politics and culture of the Middle East. The Intelligence Co...

Destroying Iraq's Christian Communities - P. Cockburn, Independent

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything....

Can Congress Sell Iraq More Weapons? - Ratnam & Brannen, Foreign Policy

After watching ISIS roll over Iraqi security forces this summer, stealing equipment the U.S. provided, Congress has been hesitant to sell Baghdad more....

Congress Should Debate Obama's New War - Los Angeles Times

This is a new and different war — not a repeat of the George W. Bush-era conflicts — and Congress must debate the wisdom, or folly, of using force....

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

Congress Must Act on War Authority - New York Times

Military Action in Syria Requires a New A.U.M.F....

The Risk of Nation-State Conflict - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

While it is difficult to see into the future at all and impossible to make detailed predictions, everything we know about history and human development suggests that the 21st centu...

What Could Possibly Go Right in Iraq? - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Karl von Clausewitz, the famed Prussian military thinker, is best known for his aphorism “War is the continuation of state policy by other means.” But what happens to a...

Will the U.S. Swap Riyadh for Tehran? - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...

Obama Still Making Promises He Can't Keep - Danny Vinik, TNR

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, President Barack Obama defended his decision to send another 1,500 American trainers and advisers to Iraq, arguing that it represented t...

Veterans Day & Excessive Self-Criticism - Max Boot, Commentary

November 11–once know as Armistice Day in commemoration of the end of World War I, now known as Veterans Day–is always a solemn occasion on which we honor the men and women w...

9 Truths About the War on Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

What are the hard realities we’re dealing with? And, given that U.S. officials say it could take up to a year to train and field a ground force to combat the Islamic State in...

Iraq's Future: It's the Oil, Stupid - Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

To predict whether Iraq will remain a country - or break apart - we need to look at the oil as well as ISIL....

Is ISIS Minting Gold and Silver Dinars? - Gilad Shiloach, Vocativ

Some ISIS supporters were enthusiastic about the new currency rumors, while other online observers seemed to think it wasn’t the most economically sound idea....

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Kerry calls for more resources in a

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New generation enters line to Saudi

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Kerry: Violent extremism is not Isl

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Violent extremists who are killing children and others in Iraq, Syria, N...

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The soldier who killed four people at Fort Hood, Texas last year showed no clear warning signs, maki...