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The Key To Defeating ISIS Is Reconciling Sunnis And Shiites In Iraq. The Latest Attempt To Do That Failed.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi quietly supported a Qatar-sponsored effort to bring together Iraqi Sunni leaders that failed earli...

Iran Has Controlled Iraq For Years. Now It May Be Pushed Out.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iran has for years exerted tremendous influence over Iraq, turning it into essentially a Shiite-led client state under former Iraqi Pri...

The Question of Iran

Ali al-Dhafiri | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Ali al-Dhafiri

The region is witnessing major shifts and serious risks, and this vibrant nation demands a vision and a real plan, but who's listening?

Iran Joins Iraqi Fight Against ISIS At Key Oil Refinery

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.24.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Top Dem Blasts Iraq's ISIS Strategy As Baghdad's U.S.-Friendly Leader Struggles | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after it lost a vital provincial capital in its fight against the Islamic State group, Iraq's fragile government is now seeing setb...

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

John Kerry: Iran Fighting Islamic State Is 'Positive' | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. would be happy to have Iran's help in fighting the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in response to t...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Iran Bombing Islamic State In Iraq, U.S. Official Confirms | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The list of countries bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq has thus far featured a host of classic United States partners -- Canada, th...

Iran's President Pledges To Back Iraq Amid Attacks

AP | NASSER KARIMI and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sun...

Kathleen Miles

Iran: America Helped Create ISIS And Is Taking The Wrong Approach ... Again | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq created the extremist group the Islamic State, also k...

Iran Rejects A Global Strategy Against Islamic State Militants

AP | ELAINE GANLEY and LARA JAKES | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to tal...

Iran Supplied Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces

Reuters | Posted 10.26.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Masso...

Iran's Supreme Leader Backs Iraq's New Prime Minister

Reuters | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

DUBAI, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lent his support to new Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi on We...

Nick Robins-Early

An Expert's Take On What The Future May Hold For Iraq | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

In the past weeks, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have conquered several cities in Iraq in a lightning offensive, bringing...

ISIS May Skip Baghdad and Instead Build a New State: ‘Syriaq'

Paul Salem | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Paul Salem

ISIS has effectively shown another way forward: to forget about Damascus and Baghdad for now, forget about the Sykes-Picot borders and create a new political space out of the parts of Syria and Iraq that their capitals do not control--a large and viable political territory with major historic cities, trade routes, oil resources and borders potentially abutting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. For now, let's call it Syriaq.

A Few Thoughts on Possible US-Iran Collaboration in Iraq

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Reality is that Iran and the US need each other. And both of them need to recognize the other's ability to play a stabilizing role. Few things have been as destabilizing for the region than the US-Iran enmity.

Official: U.S. Mulls Discussions With Iran Over Iraq Security Crisis

Reuters | Lesley Wroughton | Posted 06.15.2014 | World

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - The Obama administration is mulling possible discussions with Iran over the mounting security c...

The Bad News From Iraq Is Getting Worse

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
T. Boone Pickens

Now people are calling for us to step in again to protect Iraq -- to spend more money and risk more of our soldiers lives... for what?

Report: U.S. Gave Saddam Intel, Ignored Chemical Attacks In 1980s

Agence France Presse | | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would ...

Iran Jumps To Maliki's Rescue

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 08.04.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Ir...

On Iran, Intelligence Community Faces Ghost Of Iraq

New York Times | Posted 04.01.2012 | World

At the nation’s top spy agency, the ghosts of Iraq are never far away....


Michael T. Klare | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Michael T. Klare

Oil, the prestige of global dominance, Iran's urge to be a regional power, and domestic political factors are all converging in a combustible mix to make the Strait of Hormuz the most dangerous place on the planet.

Iran, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Ideologically speaking, by proclaiming itself the safe-guarder of Islamic values Iran has been challenging Saudi Arabia's position in the Middle East for decades.

Obama's Last Day in Iraq

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

The last day of Obama in Iraq is approaching and one has to hope that it will not spell Ahmadinejad's first day there.

Twilight on the Tigris

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The unpalatable truth for the promoters of the 'New Dawn' over the Tigris are that Iranian influence has eclipsed that of the United States, a fact of life regardless of whether we have 130,000 troops on the ground or 13.