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Iraq Sectarian Conflict

These Are the Three Most Common Myths About What's Happening in Iraq

Ibrahim Al-Marashi | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Ibrahim Al-Marashi

The series of events that led to the creation of an ISIS state has led to a flurry of pundits and policy makers spewing three common myths about Iraq. Attributing the current crisis to any of these misconceptions not only ignores the history of the region, but has resulted in flawed policy proposals, particularly from Washington.

The ISIS' 'Management of Savagery' in Iraq

Alastair Crooke | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The ISIS term "management or administration of savagery" in fact refers to that hiatus which occurs between the waning of one power and the consolidation of power of another. What is being assumed here is that a certain chaos will pertain, and that the disputed territory will be ravaged by violence as power oscillates back and forth between the "old" power and its incoming successor (the Islamic State). The author of the "Management of Savagery" treatise bluntly states that there is no room for "softness": "Softness" is the ingredient for failure: "our enemies will not be merciful to us, so it compels us to make them think one thousand times, before they dare attack us".

How America Can Eliminate ISIS and Avoid a 9/11-Type Attack

Mushreq Abbas | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Mushreq Abbas

The real danger represented by ISIS on the Middle East and the world, is not in slogans, nor in its dogma, not even in the desire to re-form the map of the region. It is the pragmatism that allows it to adapt to changes and attract the sympathy of the local population it seeks to control.

Wave Of Bloodshed Targeting Shiites Leaves 113 Dead

Agence France Presse | Salam Faraj | Posted 09.02.2013 | World

A bombing on Baghdad's southern outskirts killed seven people Wednesday, the latest in a three-day wave of bloodshed targeting Shiite Muslims that has...

Iraqi Bomb Hits Minibus Full Of Shiite Pilgrims, At Least 3 Dead

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 08.25.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of demonstrators complaining about lack of security in an ethnically disputed northern ...

More Than 500 Iraqis Killed So Far In May

Agence France Presse | W.G. Dunlop | Posted 07.28.2013 | World

Violence in Iraq has killed more than 500 people in May, AFP figures showed on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain a wave of unrest that has ...

Fighting Between Iraqi Army, Tribesmen Leaves 38 Dead

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 06.24.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — With Sunni gunmen beginning to confront the Shiite-led government's security forces head-on in northern and western Iraq, fears are gr...

Baghdad Blast Kills Shiite Pilgrims

AP | SINAN SALAH | Posted 08.12.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — A bomb hit a procession of Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's capital, killing at least two people Tuesday night, officials said. The blast cam...

In Iraq, Even Arts Festival Beset By Controversy

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 07.11.2012 | World

BABYLON, Iraq -- Poetry has returned to the Triangle of Death. But dancing and singing are being left behind. In this dusty southern community, home ...

Growing Shiite-Sunni Divide In Post-U.S. Iraq

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.03.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Now that U.S. forces are gone, Iraq's ruling Shiites are moving quickly to keep the two Muslim sects separate – and unequal. Sunnis ...

Iraq's Sunni Cabinet Members Suspended

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 03.18.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Shiite-dominated Cabinet suspended boycotting Sunni-backed ministers Tuesday, an official said, deepening a sectarian conflict ...

Iraq's Sunni VP Denies Running Hit Squad

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 02.19.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Sunni vice president denied Shiite accusations that he organized death squads, describing the charges Tuesday as a trumped-up c...