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Murder and Militias--Iraq's Sunni-Shiite Plan After ISIS

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

So long as murder, torture and other human rights violations recur with impunity among Shiite forces operating in Sunni Iraqi provinces, there will be little reason to remain optimistic for the stability of Iraq.

Tens Of Thousands Of Civilians Trapped Between ISIS And Iraqi Military In Anbar Province

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.16.2015 | World

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, July 16 (Reuters) - As Iraqi forces prepare to try to recapture the city of Falluja, tens of thousands of civilians find themselv...

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year.

Why Won't Iraqi Troops Fight Like Americans?

Inge Fryklund | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Inge Fryklund

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has complained that Iraqi National Army soldiers have demonstrated "no will to fight" against the Islamic State (IS); the fall of Ramadi was their fault. American soldiers attached to Iraqi units might be needed to "stiffen their spines."

Iraq Strategy Should Also Fight Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
William Lambers

While a strategy for peace in Iraq is still being formed, we already know one ingredient. Food will help write the peace in Iraq. For there cannot be any peace or stability with people starving and malnourished. We cannot abandon Iraqis in this time of great distress.

Sistani's Jihad Fatwa One Year On: The Man Who Pulled Iraq From the Brink With a Single Statement

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The 85-year-old Grand Ayatollah did not talk to me as if I'm Sunni or Shia, Muslim or non-Muslim but just as a human being. I left his reception fully confident that Iraq is currently in safe hands so long as it continues to have wise men like him. However, what will happen after Sistani departs a fragile Iraq?

ISIS Settles Into Ramadi, But Quiet Is Unlikely To Last

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, May 28 (Reuters) - The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the center of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday...

Why ISIS Is On the March in Sunni Iraq?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

This is an unconventional warfare, hence the need for unconventional, ideological forces to adequately oppose this group.

Iraqi Troops Launch Attack Against ISIS After Major Setback

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, April 13 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces launched a counter-attack on Islamic State in the western province of Anbar on Monday, seeking to ...

Iraq's Sunnis Won't Fight ISIS for U.S.

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Iraq's Sunnis won't fight ISIS for the U.S. says NIQASH, a non-profit media organization operating out of Berlin. Without Sunni support, America's war in Iraq cannot succeed. Here's why.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The inclusionary government America's strategy for Iraq rests on is an illusion, a governmental fantasy in 2014 as it was 2003-2011. Everyone with eyes-- except the U.S. government-- can see where this one ends.

'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...

Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A critical part of America's plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the "foreign" Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and "unite" Iraq.

From Anbar to FUBAR

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

The year 2010 saw the discovery by U.S. military planners that Afghanistan has tribes. The phrase "Anbar Awakening!" leapt to the lips of these sava...

(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.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs:Pakistan: Yet Another Path to Failure Facts: Pakistan's government arrests hundreds of "dissidents" includin...

Reading The Pictures: 4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-07-28-shaw_727.jpgThe military has been so effective in muting the war, and the war photographer, that many of our best shooters have found themselves turning to the technique of irony.

Not a Gaffe: A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Iraq

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

This is not controversial history. It is history that anyone trying out for president must understand when there are 150,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. It is an essential element to the story of the past two years.

US Trophy Province Anbar Losing Its Shine

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tensions are simmering again in once bloody Anbar province, Washington's prize good news story for security in Iraq. Along the main road through Anba...

Will Iraq's Great Awakening Lead To A Nightmare?

Mother Jones | Douglas Macgregor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. casualties are down in Iraq. But a retired Army Colonel argues that the surge and American payoffs to Sunni tribal leaders may eventually backfir...