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Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

Deconstructing the Iraq and Syria Conflicts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The current escalating sectarian violence between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces and the unending civil war in Syria are now intertwined and neither can be resolved without the other, which requires a dramatic change in the political and military landscape in Syria and Iraq.

Iran's Regional Power Rooted In Shi'a Ties

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Dec 16 (IPS) - As Barack Obama's national security team assesses the challenge of Iran's role in the Middle East, it confronts a paradox: Iran...

Seth Colter Walls

Bush Running Out Of Time For Iraq-U.S. Security Deal, House Dems Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two House Democrats are expressing "uncertainty" that President Bush will have enough time to finalize the planned Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) w...