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Worried Their Names Can Be A Death Sentence, Some Iraqis Look To Change Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- Ever since he was a boy, Sufyan dreamed of the day he would pass down his name to a son of his own. When the big day came in the summer ...

Sophia Jones

'Life Continues': Baghdad Residents Remain Resilient Amid Bombings

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- If it wasn’t for a phone call from his wife asking to meet up for lunch, Baleeg Nasr likely would have died when a massive car bomb deton...

UN: Iraq Violence Kills At Least 1,100 In February

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 03.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to ret...

Dozens Killed In Bombings Across Baghdad

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's decade-old nightly curfew ended after midnight Sunday, hours after bombs exploded in and around the Iraqi capital, killing ...

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Today's children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution. Ironically, one of the institutions which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military.

Russia's Expanding Global Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia's new agreement to sell Nigeria arms to combat Boko Haram (BH) is evidence of its desire to expand its global geopolitical influence as well as enhance its reputation for being willing to step in where the West will not.

Iraq's Internet Is Almost All Under Kurdish Control

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern ...

Iraq To Overhaul Baghdad Security To Stop Bombings

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about security in Baghdad, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesma...

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Best of Abu Dhabi: Samir's Iraqi Odyssey Explains Iraq and the Humanity Within

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

We're so used to hearing Iraq mentioned on the news and yet, I don't know about you but through the headlines, the violence, the dictators and the wars, I've actually learned very little about this historically rich country, and more importantly its resilient people -- the Iraqis.

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.

Massive Blast Rocks Central Baghdad

Posted 10.28.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources in the Iraqi capital said. ...

If (When) Baghdad Falls, Keep American Soldiers Away From the Mess Created By Bush and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

With Iraq falling apart and a new enemy on the horizon that's simply a rebranding of the old one, there's a striking observation to be made about two presidents, Congress, and the leaders who send our soldiers off to war.

Lesbians, Finger Exercises, and Her Piano

Rachel Wahba | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

Video camera in hand, Donna Deitch of Desert Hearts fame asked my outspoken 95-year-old grandmother, "Granny, did you ever think of being with a woman?"

Send in the Air Force Combat Controllers and Green Berets to Destroy ISIS.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

As Rome (or at least Kobani) burns and faces the very real threat of a Srebrenica-style massacre, it is time for the US to stop fiddling and entertain the idea of putting small groups of US troops into the fray to empower our Kurdish peshmerga, Free Syrian Army and Iraqi government allies.

Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts For Blackwater Guards

AP | PETE YOST and SAM HANANEL and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incide...

Iraqi Forces Clash With ISIS Fighters West of Baghdad

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiri...

War and Water: Middle East Conflicts in the Watershed

Peter Neill | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

The location of these cities and the caravan or highway routes between them are all testimony to the fact that for all time water has enabled the true security of the region. Take away the slogans and guns, let the people live there, and the water will sustain them.

Deadly Attacks In Iraq Kill At Least 43

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the Islamic ...

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 19 Outside Baghdad Mosque

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 19 at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces' advance on a key northern c...

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

Matthew Hoh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The greater we supported the corrupt government in Kabul and the more American troops we sent, the more the Taliban prospered. A similar dynamic is at play in Iraq. Consequently, without a change in American policy the cycle of violence in Iraq will continue its ghastly spiral.

Report: Suicide Bombing In Baghdad Kills At Least A Dozen

AP | Posted 12.13.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Police officials in the Iraqi capital say a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in a predominantly ...

REPORT: ISIS Closing In On Baghdad

McClatchy | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

Islamic State militants have taken control of key cities in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the country’s larges...

Containment or Eradication: What Is the United State's True Plan in Syria?

Mathew Markman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Mathew Markman

Despite broad international support for the U.S.-led coalition against IS, the fundamental characteristics of the Syrian conflict remain unchanged.