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Iraq Unrest

I Survived Saddam's Chemical Attacks, but I Never Imagined a Crisis Like This

Aram Shakaram | Posted 10.18.2014 | World
Aram Shakaram

These are problems that can only be fixed with more funding and resources, and now is the time to respond. Not only are the displaced battling to survive each day, they don't know how long they can stay wherever they are, if they will need to flee again or if their lives will ever return to normal. When and how this ends, nobody knows. What we do know is that humanitarian aid is desperately needed to keep people alive. The road ahead is long and the international community needs to step up now to save Iraq before it falls beyond repair.

'Mission Accomplished' Reversed: Iraq Is the New Afghanistan

Clemens Wergin | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Clemens Wergin

The country has become the new Afghanistan -- a center of attraction and a training ground for the next generation of jihadist fighters who will be able to make use elsewhere of the fighting experience they get there. And now the same thing has happened in Iraq. ISIS cleverly used the porous borders with Syria to draw jihadists initially recruited for Syria into the neighboring country. ISIS can thus create the reign it so desires over an extensive territory comprising parts of Syria and northern Iraq. Since the Americans destroyed the Afghan symbiosis between al-Qaeda and the Taliban, no terror group has achieved anything like this. And it will draw more Islamist radicals from around the world who will either join ISIS or donate money. From that point of view, the Mosul victory was a successful PR coup.

The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

Juan Cole | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Juan Cole

The Fall of Mosul is an indictment of the Bush Administration and, before that, the British Empire. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki can only get Iraq back by allying with nationalist Sunnis in the north. Otherwise, for him to simply brutally occupy the city with Shiite troops and artillery and aerial bombings, will make him look like his neighbor, Bashar al-Assad.

U.N. Says Violence In Iraq Killed 799 In May Alone

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 06.01.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence has claimed the lives of 799 Iraqis in May, the highest monthly death toll so far this year, the United Nations said on Sund...

Bomb, Mortar Attacks Kill 15 In Iraq

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 10.04.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A series of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed 15 people, including a random shooting and the killing of a judge, authorities said. ...

Iraq Bombings Ahead Of Shiite Funeral

AP | CHELSEA J. CARTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A string of car bombs exploded Thursday in Baghdad as Iraqi forces tightened security around Shiite mosques, shrines and political par...