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1 Week After Horrific Mosul Blast, Confusion Mounts Over Cause And Casualties

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.26.2017 | World

MOSUL, Iraq, March 26 (Reuters) - Conflicting accounts emerged on Sunday about an explosion in Iraq’s Mosul a week ago after a U.S.-led coalition st...

U.S. Military Confirms Air Strike In Mosul District Where Scores Were Killed

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.25.2017 | World

MOSUL, Iraq, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an Islamic State-held area of the Iraqi city ...

Islamic State Soldiers Ordered To Sabotage Oil And Gas Fields As They Retreat

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 03.22.2017 | World

As Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning...

Iraqi Forces Push Further Into ISIS-Held West Mosul

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.12.2017 | World

MOSUL, Iraq, March 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from Islamic State militants, a commander of the elite Cou...

More Than 40,000 People Have Fled Mosul In The Past Week

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.05.2017 | World

BAGHDAD, March 5 (Reuters) - More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the last week from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces launc...

Iraqi Forces Push Deeper Into Western Mosul As Civilians Flee

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.25.2017 | World

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 25 (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern distric...

Civilian Death Toll Mounts As Iraqi Forces Push On In Mosul

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

Iraqi forces fought their way into more districts of Mosul but advances in the city’s southeast were being slowed by Islamic State’s use of civili...

Iraqi Forces Reach The Tigris River In Mosul In Fight Against ISIS

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.08.2017 | World

MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces battling Islamic State reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for...

U.S. And European Weapons Used To Commit War Crimes In Iraq: Amnesty

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 01.05.2017 | World

Militias fighting alongside Iraqi troops against Islamic State are committing war crimes using weapons provided to the Iraqi military by the United St...

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Will The Fight For Mosul Be The October Surprise?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There has been relatively little speculation this election year about what could possibly be the "October surprise." In a normal presidential election year, this is a fun subject to speculate about when the actual news from the campaign trail gets dull and repetitive. This year, of course, that hasn't exactly happened.

The Battle for Mosul

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.25.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer. Photo by : U.S. Marine C...

Bashing Belgium is Mean... and Ill-informed

Georges Ugeux | Posted 11.30.2016 | 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...