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The Iranian Ascendancy

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Peter Van Buren

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 2)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

Whether ISIL fighters are "brain-washed" or self-inculcated via the internet, the ISIL brand of radical Islam is turning men into remorseless killers.

Kate Sheppard

Power Says Other Nations Will Join The U.S. In Airstrikes In Syria | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Sunday that other nations would likely join the U.S. in airstrikes to target Islamic S...

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No On Training And Funding Syrian Rebels

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Today Congress will vote on the McKeon Amendment, a piece of legislation most Americans haven't heard of. But the consequences of the vote today are grave: funding Syrian "rebels" will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East.

Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed.

Thirteen Years Later -- Here We Go Again!

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Richard W. Kropf

One can only wonder when we'll ever learn. Wars fought in vengeance can only lead to more war. The impulse to strike back without any comprehension of why we were struck only leads to more strikes.

Americans Are Not Totally Sure Which Countries We're Bombing

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

Recent turmoil in the Middle East has left Americans confused as to where exactly the U.S. is conducting airstrikes and drone strikes. A YouGov pol...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we went back to the future as President Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq, along with humanitarian airdrops of food and water to thousands of Yazidis besieged by Islamic State fighters. The White House emphasized the military action's limited scope. "I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq," said the President. But, of course, even though the U.S. formally withdrew our forces from Iraq in 2011, this is not another war; it's a continuation of the Iraq War, which should be renamed The War of Unintended Consequences. Though this week's air strikes, however warranted, should serve as a sobering rebuke to the kind of thinking that led us into Iraq in the first place, the same voices that headed that ill-conceived charge are still front and center -- like Paul Wolfowitz, who on Tuesday claimed that America had "won" the war in Iraq "in 2009." I guess someone forgot to tell Iraq.

Pentagon: No U.S. Air Strikes Have Taken Place In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Media reports that the United States has struck targets in Iraq are not accurate, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday,...

Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Instead of a good old-fashioned and simple Our Side vs. Their Side, Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, the Iraq War is one that comprises many layers. They intermingle and overlap, kind of like the multiverse of conflict. Some of this is painted here in quibbly broad strokes, but the core is solid.

Air Strike Kills Dozens Of Suspected Al Qaeda Militants In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

ADEN, Yemen, April 20 (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in ...

Activists: Air Raid Kills 10 Children Near Damascus

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2013 | World

AMMAN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - A Syrian government air strike on a rebel-held village near Damascus killed 10 children on Sunday as they played outdoors,...

10 Takeaways From the Anti-NATO Demonstrations, Part 1

Mark Cassello | Posted 08.01.2012 | Chicago
Mark Cassello

While the cloistered glitz of the NATO summit and the publicized gore of the anti-NATO protests left an indelible mark on those who participated in these events, to most the NATO summit was unremarkable. But what have we learned?

Obama in Libya: The Horror! The Horror!

Cody Gault | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Cody Gault

When I listened earlier this week to Obama's speech on the Libyan intervention, my thoughts kept drifting to Joseph Conrad's unforgettable description of a late-nineteenth century colonialist warship shelling the African coastline.

Libyan Rebels Close On Key Gaddafi Stronghold

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.28.2011 | World

BIN JAWWAD, Libya — Rebel forces bore down Monday on Moammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold where a brigade headed by ...

Libyan Rebels Close On Key Gaddafi Stronghold

AP | By RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.28.2011 | World

BIN JAWWAD, Libya -- Rebel forces on Monday fought their way to the doorstep of Moammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold guard...

Conan: New Ad Shows Our Military Is Stretched A Little Thin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

A lot of people are expressing frustration with the U.S. entering into another war thanks to its air strikes against Libya. But when you think about...

David Wood

At 20,000 Feet And 500 Knots, Allied Pilots Struggle to Tell Gaddafi's Fighters From Civilians | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The new phase of the war in Libya, a kind of armed aerial peacekeeping, puts a heavy responsibility on U.S. and allied air crews whose s...

Claim: NATO Air Strike Kills Afghan Election Campaigners

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

Afghan officials say a NATO airstrike killed 10 election campaign workers. NATO said all those killed or wounded were insurgents, and included one Ta...

33 Civilians Killed by NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

On Sunday, NATO forces in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan killed more than thirty civilians, including women and children, when an airstrike was ordered on three minivans. 2010-02-23-major.jpg

Officials: US Missiles Allegedly Kill 10 In Pakistan

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was apparently targeted in a U.S. missile strike on a meeting of militant commanders close to th...

Words and War

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Norman Solomon

There's plenty more media invisibility and erasure ahead for Afghan people as the Pentagon ramps up its war effort in their country.

McChrystal Choice Suggests Special Ops Strikes Will Continue

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gareth Porter | Inter Press Service WASHINGTON, May 12 (IPS) - The choice of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to become the new U.S. commander in Afghan...

Obama's Counterproductive South Asian Strategy

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

It's one thing for Obama not to hand the Taliban our playbook in northwest Pakistan. It's another thing to go silent when reporters ask legitimate questions about policies and predator strikes that kill innocents.

Darfur Insurgents Hit With Air Strikes

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Sudanese military has launched an air and ground assault on insurgents' positions in South Darfur, according to a rebel group. The Justice and ...