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Terrorism -- Why It Frightens, and Unites Us

David Ropeik | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

What is it about this particular threat that gives it such inordinate emotional power, far beyond the danger that it actually poses to most of us. Why does terrorism terrorize?

Let the French Take Mosul

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even if the French wholeheartedly embraced this plan, it's not going to happen overnight. And a lot of brave soldiers are going to die in the effort -- there is no getting around that. Whether this price is politically acceptable is up to the French people, really. It's for them to decide.

Dear Hive Mind of Social Media Empathy Fads

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

If big media presented the public a fuller and more global scope of terrorist events in the past week, I wonder if we would see an equal expression of compassion for Beirut and Baghdad in social media. I wonder if Facebook would have included a Lebanese or Iraqi flag options.

From Beirut to Paris, We Are All Hypocrites And Selective Grievers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

In rightfully and legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and for that matter the entire world) forgets that it is a country that selectively grieves all the time.

Iraqi Governor Thinks Prime Minister Needs To Resign For Country To Prevail Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

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This Week in World War I, October 31-November 6, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.31.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Following an evening bombardment, Ottoman troops tried to crawl through gaps in the barbed wire emplacements surrounding the British camp, but were repulsed. The next day, a force of Turkish troops, accompanied by Arab irregulars, tried to bypass the British camp entirely and made their way towards Basra, but were stopped by elements of the 2nd Dorset and the 24th Punjabis.

Obama Has Made a Long War Even Longer

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

President Obama missed the opportunity to cut America's losses early in his first administration, before taking ownership of the wars started by President Bush. Now that he is a lame duck, with no electoral challenges facing him, he should do the right thing for the country and his successor by pulling the plug on our failed military interventions

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Construction Workers In Baghdad

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.02.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bu...

Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq Defy Sectarian Differences, Unite Against Government Policies

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

The current protests in both Lebanon and Iraq indicate that the era of sectarian conflict is potentially taking a backseat for more unified nationalistic demonstrations.

Among Wreckage Of Bombs In Baghdad, Composer Kareem Wasfi Serenades The Distraught

HuffPost Arabi | Hadeel Arja | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

Where: Baghdad, Iraq, in the midst of the ruins When: No specific time, whenever bombs drop Duration: 1.5 hours Invitees: An open invitation...

ISIS Car Bombing Kills Dozens In Iraq

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.17.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, July 18 (Reuters) - More than 100 people were killed in a suicide car bombing at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday, in one of the dea...

Iraqi Jet Mistakenly Bombs Baghdad

AP | Posted 07.06.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on th...

A Gulf of Conviction

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The world today is a supremely dangerous place for the United States and it's friends. And it's likely to get worse before it gets worse. But to end as I began: the United States has much to celebrate on the domestic front.

Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success.

Backing the Wrong Horse in Iraq

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Obama Administration's announcement that it is sending several hundred additional advisors to Iraq is consistent with America's failed policy in the country.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Oil Agreement Central To Iraq's Unity In ISIS Fight May Be Crumbling | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A December 2014 oil agreement struck between Iraq's central government and the country's autonomous Kurdish region is in jeopardy and co...

Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement.

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.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

The Politics of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The U.S. has the most powerful military in the history of the world, but it should not be utilized as a political tool or for retribution. The government and its leaders must do their best to make the right decisions, to be truthful with the American people, and to provide all the necessary support needed to fulfill the military's mission. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case.

Iraqi Cellist Peacefully Defies Violence By Playing At Site Of Car Bomb

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News

A musician is spreading peace among chaos in the city of Baghdad. After three car bombs went off in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 19 people,...

Sophia Jones

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