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Iraqi Forces Close In On ISIS-Held City Of Ramadi

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 12.08.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi troops battling the Islamic State group on Tuesday retook a neighborhood on the outskirts of Ramadi, a provincial capital west ...

Iraq Launches Operation To Retake Anbar Province From ISIS

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.13.2015 | World

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

Retaking Ramadi: The Dilemmas of the Anbar Campaign

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
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 05.27.2015 | 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.

ISIS Killed Hundreds As It Took Ramadi

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a ...

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

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
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 | World
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 | World

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 | World

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...

Iraqi Militants Storm University, Take Students Hostage

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants stormed a university filled with hundreds of students in Iraq's restive Anbar province Saturday, briefly taking students ho...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
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.

HORROR: 10-Year-Old Iraqi Girl Recounts Bus Massacre

AP | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

KARBALA, Iraq -- The trip was intended to give Tabarak Thaer a glimpse of the world beyond Iraq's violence and misery. Instead, it brought the 10-year...

Iraq Suicide Bomb Kills 13 In Attack On Government Building In Anbar Province

AP | SAAD ABDUL-KADIR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomb exploded Thursday outside the gate of the main government compound in the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, killing...

Bombs Kill 23 In Iraq's Western Anbar Province

AP | KATHARINE HOURELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Twin bombings – one an assassination attempt against an Iraqi provincial governor – killed 23 people and wounded the gover...

Al-Qaida Infiltrating Iraq Security Forces: Sunni Awakening Commander

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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 | World
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.

Iraq Jail Riot Leaves 13 Dead And 4 Escaped, Say Police

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq insurgents broke out of jail during a riot Friday that killed six police officers and seven prisoners ...

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.

Iraqis Take Control Of Once Bloody Anbar Province

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — American forces on Monday handed over security responsibility to the Iraqis in a province that the U.S. once feared was lost _ a sign ...

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...