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Americans Kidnapped In Iraq Last Month Released

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

BAGHDAD, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Three U.S. citizens who were kidnapped in Baghdad last month have been released, an official in Iraq's Interior Ministry a...

Book Review: Youngblood

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.25.2017 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Youngblood, a new novel by Matt Gallagher set in the late stages of the Iraq War, is a powerful fiction debut from an author already known for his non...

Falling Oil Prices Threaten a Key Ally in Fight Against ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Falling oil prices, combined with the costs of war and of housing refugees, is threatening the Kurdish Peshmerga's ability to fight ISIS.

Americans Missing In Iraq Reportedly Held By Shiite Militia

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.05.2017 | World

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Three U.S. citizens who disappeared last week in Baghdad were kidnapped and are being held by an Iranian-backed...

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

The Father Of A Muslim War Hero Has This To Say To Donald Trump

Vocativ | Posted 12.09.2016 | World

Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States. Shortly after Donald Trump called for a ban on families like Khan's from coming to the U.S., his father talked to Vocativ about the Republican frontrunner's comments and how he remembers his son.

ISIS Has Little To Do With Islam, and Everything To Do With War

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

If there's anything we should have learned since 9/11 and the "War on Terror," it is that violence against the Muslim world cannot defeat terrorism or anti-Western anger; only respect for human rights and sovereignty will work.

Millions of Children Survived the Iraq War and ISIS. How Will They Survive What's Next?

Lia Taylor Schwartz | Posted 11.27.2016 | World
Lia Taylor Schwartz

We were in a government-run orphanage in the center of Baghdad, looking into the faces of some of the 1 million war orphans that Iraq is struggling to save amid chaos and destruction. Chaos and destruction that we, Americans, helped create. Orphans that we helped create.

Interview: 'From Beirut to Paris, We Are All Hypocrites and Selective Grievers'

Halim Shebaya | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

I discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in relation to the media response, selective empathy, and the 'what-about-ery' reaction.

Terrorism -- Why It Frightens, and Unites Us

David Ropeik | Posted 11.17.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi needs to resign and appoint a new cabinet of ministers he personally chooses if he is to have any h...

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

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.31.2016 | 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 10.16.2016 | 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 10.15.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 01.04.2017 | World

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

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

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Posted 09.01.2016 | 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 to eve...

ISIS Car Bombing Kills Dozens In Iraq

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.04.2017 | 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 dead...

A Gulf of Conviction

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 06.29.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 06.16.2016 | 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.