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Beyond Fragile States: Spotting Fragile Cities is Key

Manal Omar | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Manal Omar

Fragile states are tremendous problems when viewed at the national level, and no uniform set of prescriptions fits every unique situation. Sometimes, the key is to focus in on local conflicts where symptoms can be more easily identified and treated.

Iraq Launches Operation To Retake Anbar Province From ISIS

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 01.03.2017 | Home

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government began a long-awaited, large-scale military operation on Monday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the coun...

Retaking Ramadi: The Dilemmas of the Anbar Campaign

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.20.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

The fact is, Kobani and Tikrit notwithstanding, on a worldwide basis, the United States is losing the war against Islamic State. The only thing worse than losing a war is losing it without even realizing it.

Dear Commander-in-Chief: A Route to an ISIS Rout

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Mr. President, you have valiantly tried to use an eyedropper to painstakingly calibrate the dose of U.S. military efforts to hold ISIS at bay, let alone to reverse its territorial gains. The patient is far too ill to resort to an eyedropper any longer.

Lessons From the Second Battle of Tikrit: March 2-April 4 2015

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.12.2015 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

The second battle of Tikrit is now over. It began on March 2 and lasted until April 4, when Iraqi commanders confirmed that the last pocket of Islamic State militants in the city had been eliminated.

Reading the Pictures: ISIS Attacks Iraqi Base Full of US Trainers, Ho Hum

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Michael Shaw

Media suppression and disavowal so the bad guys don't discover what's obvious to anybody who takes an interest vs. priming the pump of the war machine. I see.

Iraqi Sunnis Seek US Weapons, Troops

Ben Barber | Posted 04.04.2015 | Home
Ben Barber

In Washington this week, pro-American Sunni leaders of Iraq's Western Anbar province asked the Obama Administration for weapons and 10,000 US troops to help "crush" Islamist terrorists -- again.

'Bodies Strewn In Streets' As ISIS Militants Seize Iraq Village

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2014 | Home

By Saif Sameer and Ned Parker BAGHDAD, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday fro...

What It's Like to See ISIS Capture a Town You Cleared

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

When you embed with a population, even during wartime, you become incredibly attached to the locals who reach out to help you. I got to know a lot of Iraqis who I feel close to even today - some were soldiers, some were civilians, but all were hopeful.

Iraqi Towns Fall to ISIS

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | Home

BAGHDAD, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters stormed a town in Iraq's western Anbar province on Saturday, its latest conquest in the desert reg...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.

Al-Qaida Infiltrating Iraq Security Forces: Sunni Awakening Commander

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sheikh Hamid al-Hayess is not optimistic. A burly man with a thick black moustache and closely knitted brows, he is one of the founding members of the...

(Re-) Creating Anbar's Awakening

Gabriel Ledeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gabriel Ledeen

Describing the Anbar Awakening movement as a miraculous Sunni uprising blinds us to the lessons we ought to have learned.

Jeff Mahaffey's War

S.D. Liddick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
S.D. Liddick

Sergeant Jeff Mahaffey's QRF (Quick Reaction Force) team is composed of 12 Marines and a medic. It is on call at all times. You could say Mahaffey's boys are the modern-day cavalry.

Remember Haditha, Murtha and Marines?

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The right wing spin doctors raise money off the very name Murtha but what really came out of the Haditha investigations? Not what you think.

Anbar Province Will Transfer To Iraqis Tomorrow: US Troops On Alert

AFP | Bassem al-Anbari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

RAMADI, Iraq (AFP) - Iraqi and US forces were on alert on Sunday in the western Sunni province of Anbar ahead of the transfer of security in the deser...

U.S. To Hand Over Security In Anbar To The Iraqis

The New York Times | Erica Goode | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD -- The American military will hand over responsibility for the security of Anbar Province, once a stronghold of the Sunni insurgency and one o...

Jason Linkins

Scarborough Defames Bloggers Who Are Right On 'Surge' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all of my ideological differences with the man, I've always appreciated the way MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has seemed to applaud and encourage people...

Seth Colter Walls

McCain Tries To Cover Surge Mistake With Attack | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a quote to the AP, John McCain's rapid response man delivered the campaign's first reaction to the news that the Arizona Republican bungled the his...

The Surge or the Surge?

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

When McCain went on CBS, he completely bungled the facts about the surge and demonstrated that he had no idea of how the the counterinsurgency or Anbar Awakening played out.

Seth Colter Walls

McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong, CBS Doesn't Air Footage | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED BELOW*** During a CBS interview on Tuesday, John McCain made a stone cold error on a subject about which he claims expert knowledge: the "...

American-Armed Sunnis Attack Iraq Police Forces

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hundreds of members of an anti-Al-Qaeda front in Iraq's central city of Baquba on Friday donned keffiyeh headdresses and took to the streets demanding...

A Marine's Order: Feed The Hand That Bit You

NYT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CAPT. SEAN MILLER shook his head like a big brother. He and his marines had just walked by a cluster of large orange garbage bins, American-bought, fr...

All Iraqi Groups Blame US Invasion For Discord, Study Shows

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the U.S. military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them, and see t...