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Bashing Belgium is Mean... and Ill-informed

Georges Ugeux | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Georges Ugeux

Born and raised in Belgium, I have a bias. I went to the United States in 1996 to lead the NYSE's research and international departments and I became a U.S. citizen in 2009. After the Paris attacks, an insidious attempt to blame Belgium for the attacks struck me as (at best) ill-informed.

Why Won't Iraqi Troops Fight Like Americans?

Inge Fryklund | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Inge Fryklund

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has complained that Iraqi National Army soldiers have demonstrated "no will to fight" against the Islamic State (IS); the fall of Ramadi was their fault. American soldiers attached to Iraqi units might be needed to "stiffen their spines."

The Afghan Ethno-Tribal Army

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

The Afghan security forces are no longer bound to limit their night time raids and to not use heavy weapons in fighting the Taliban insurgency.

Washington in Wonderland

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For more than a decade and at very considerable expense, the United States has been attempting to create an Iraqi government that governs and an Iraqi army that fights; the results of those efforts speak for themselves: they have failed abysmally.

The Folly of the Sole Superpower Writ Small

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Think of this as a little imperial folly update -- and here's the backstory. In the years after invading Iraq and disbanding Saddam Hussein's military, the U.S. sunk about $25 billion into "standing up" a new Iraqi army.

ISIS Overruns Iraqi Army Lines Near Key City Of Ramadi

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, May 21 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants overran Iraqi government defenses east of the city of Ramadi on Thursday, police and pro-governmen...

The Next Target in the War on the Islamic State: Mosul? Tikrit? Is Anybody in Charge? (Updated March 7, 2015)

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Why move on Tikrit now instead of Mosul? What does this sorry little incident tell us about the U.S. government's strategy in fighting the Islamic State and the nature of its relationship with the Baghdad government?

Battle Cry, Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, formerly Washington's man in Baghdad and its ally against fundamentalist Iran, had just sent his troops across the border into oil-rich Kuwait. It would prove a turning point in American Middle East policy.

There's Always Hope in Washington -- For Getting It Wrong Yet Again

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In my childhood, we used to say three strikes and you're out. But in Washington, there's evidently no magic number at all when it comes to how many disbanded Iraqi armies is too many for another step to the plate and another whiff.

What Could Possibly Go Right?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The latest American war was launched as a humanitarian mission. Within weeks, however, a full-scale bombing campaign was underway against IS across Iraq and Syria with its own "coalition of the willing" and 1,600 U.S. military personnel on the ground. Slippery slope? It was Teflon-coated.

Iraq's Top Cleric Says Army Corruption Helped ISIS Advance

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2015 | World

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric said on Friday that corruption in the armed forces ...

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The inclusionary government America's strategy for Iraq rests on is an illusion, a governmental fantasy in 2014 as it was 2003-2011. Everyone with eyes-- except the U.S. government-- can see where this one ends.

Iraqi Air Force Accidentally Delivers Supplies To ISIS Militants

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi pilots mistakenly delivered food, water and ammunition to Islamic State militants on a recent mission that was meant to supply the...

Form Follows Dysfunction: The Enduring Legacy of a Strategic Failure

Paul Gunther | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gunther

Besides some failed emblem of American exceptionalism shining brightly abroad, it seems reasonable to conclude that national security and its according intelligence tools were and remain the principle role for such a massive presence abroad.

ISIS' Military Successes in Iraq

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

What is becoming clearer with each passing day is that the Middle East has to adjust to and counteract a new insurgent entity which some observers already claim is stronger in motivation and manpower than the pre-9/11 al-Qaeda.

Combat Cat, Welcome Home Cat

Stacy Bare | Posted 05.08.2013 | Good News
Stacy Bare

Despite the conditions and the isolation, as well as a horrible sneezing cough that persisted for about an hour after I woke up, those nights with that random, scarred and often scabbed cat on my chest, were the best nights of sleep I ever got in Baghdad.

Army's Training Ability 'At Risk' Because Of Iraq And Afghanistan Wars, General Dempsey Warns

McClatchy | Nancy a Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Army's ability to train its forces is "increasingly at risk" because of the nation's protracted commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan,...

U.S. Advisor's Memo On Iraq: Time To "Go Home"

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from deeply entrenched deficiencie...

Iraq: Is the SOFA viable?

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

The Status of Forces Agreement comes with outrageous stipulations that render our troops helpless, subject them to the Iraqi military tribunals, halt U.S. military operations, and turn vengeful detainees over to the Iraqis.

Iraqi Army Headcount Still Unclear Despite Millions Paid to Private Contractor

Pro Publica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On any given day in Iraq, about 140,000 Iraqi soldiers are on duty. But some 1,000 are in jail, 2,000 are in the hospital or recuperating from injurie...

Prosecuting U.S. Troops Under Iraqi Law .. ?

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

For all those who will accept nothing short of "victory" in Iraq, please get on the same page as the rest of us: sending others into an immoral situation and expecting them to behave morally is absurd.

Reading The Pictures: The Case Of The Invisible American War Machine

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-07-09-shaw_time_censorship.jpgLast week, I thought there was something fishy about the photos from Amara, and now a new Time article bears it out.

US Seeks Private Security Contractors To Train Iraqi Military

Washington Post | Walter Pincus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. commanders in Iraq are for the first time seeking private contractors to form part of the small military teams that train and live with Iraqi mil...

Iraq Army Unit Flees Post Despite US Soldiers' Pleas

New York Times | MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A company of Iraqi soldiers abandoned their positions on Tuesday night in Sadr City, defying American soldiers who implored them to hold the line agai...

Bremer Hits Back At Criticism For Disbanding Iraq's Army: Bush Said I Had His "Full Support"

NY Times | L. PAUL BREMER III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It has become conventional wisdom that the decision to disband Saddam Hussein's army was a mistake, was contrary to American prewar planning and was a...