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Lessons From the Second Battle of Tikrit: March 2-April 4 2015

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The second battle of Tikrit is now over. It began on March 2 and lasted until April 4, when Iraqi commanders confirmed that the last pocket of Islamic State militants in the city had been eliminated.

Living With No Future

Dahr Jamail | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Dahr Jamail

Today, not to put too fine a point on it, Iraq is a failed state, teetering on the brink of another sectarian bloodbath, and beset by chronic political deadlock and economic disaster. Its social fabric has been all but shredded.

Mission Unaccomplished

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

On March 20, as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don't get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it's this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time.

How Is the Iraqi Government Doing as of 2012?

Quora | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Wael Al Sallami, Iraqi Rubyist, CS grad student at TAMU Let me break it down to a few key areas:Powe...

Iraq Issues Arrest Warrant For Head Of One Of Nation's Biggest Banks

Posted 08.06.2011 | Business

BAGHDAD (Aseel Kami and Waleed Ibrahim) - Iraqi authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the head of one of the nation's biggest banks, which is ...

Iraq: The Elections Are Over, But Our Job Is Not Finished

Tucker Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tucker Reed

The elections in Iraq this week were without question critical in efforts to maintain progress there. But elections alone will be enough to sustain the country's fledgling democracy.

Iraqi Officials Start Referring To Maliki As "Master," Reminding Some Of Saddam Era

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iraq's civilian leaders held a meeting on Thursday with the 300 top Iraqi military commanders from around the country to discuss the withdrawal of Ame...

New UN Report Shows the US Combo of Torture and Impunity Thrives in Iraqi Prisons

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Iraqi authorities widely use torture to interrogate prisoners and extract confessions without fear of consequence. Sadly, the US doesn't have the credibility to confront these crimes.

Iraqi Gays May Soon Be Executed: Gay Rights Group

Gay Rights | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It's no secret that LGBT life in Iraq these days is as dangerous as it gets - quite possibly the most dangerous in the world. Secret underground netwo...

The Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Should be Pardoned

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Insulting someone in power is a legitimate form of non-violent resistance. The harm that could be inflicted by a shoe cannot be compared with harm inflicted by an unwarranted occupation that has resulted in the deaths and displacement of millions of Iraqis.

Iraq: 3,000 High-Risk Detainees

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

If these the 18,500 Iraqi detainees, when freed, return to terrorist activity, it will be the biggest road block to a stable democracy in Iraq -- if that's even possible.

Iraqi Refugees Still Too Scared to Return Home

Deborah Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deborah Amos

U.S. military officials and the Iraqi government claim the country is becoming a less dangerous place. For most Iraqi refugees, those assessments don't count for much. They listen to reports from the ground.

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.

Was The Surge A Success? Despite Rhetoric, Iraqi Politicians Don't Really Want The US To Leave, NYT Reports

NY Times' Baghdad Bureau Blog | Tareq Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD -- As an Iraqi journalist, each day I meet dozens of officials, some government ministers, some members of parliament, some advisers to senior...

Maliki's Growing Defiance Of US Worries Allies And Critics

McClatchy Newspapers | Leila Fadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has been on a roll, and American officials are getting worried. Once perceived as a sectarian Shiite ...

Iraq Targets Leaders Of Sunni "Awakening"

New York Times | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who joined the American ...

Iraqi Budget Surplus Of $79 Billion Expected Thanks To Soaring Oil Prices

The New York Times | James Glans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The soaring price of oil will leave the Iraqi government with a cumulative budget surplus of as much as $79 billion by year's end an American federal ...

The Ticking Iraqi Clock

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

The latest propaganda being formulated by those in a perpetual state of denial is that the Bush initiated this war and occupation as philanthropists for the Iraqi people. Explain that philanthropy to the 4.5 million Iraqi refugees.

Redefining Success In Iraq: White House Report Claims 'Satisfactory' Progress On 15 Benchmarks

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Associated Press has obtained a new White House report assessing progress in Iraq. The White House assessment claims 'satisfactory' progress on 15...

Officials: Iraqi Councilman Killed Two U.S. Soldiers

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An Iraqi city council member opened fire on U.S. forces outside Baghdad on Monday, killing two soldiers, U.S. officials said. Two U.S. soldiers were ...

The Surge Is Working? Not If You Read the Latest GAO Report

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

What the GAO report makes clear, above all else, is that contrary to what the mainstream media and the GOP would have you believe, the surge has not worked. It's time for the U.S. military to go home.

Iraqis Condemn American Demands For Nearly 60 Military Bases

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

High-level negotiations over the future role of the U.S. military in Iraq have turned into an increasingly acrimonious public debate, with Iraqi polit...

Shiite Fighting In Iraq Exposes Weakness Of Iraqi Security Forces

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the final U.S. Army brigade deployed to Baghdad as part of the troop surge returns to the United States. And that's only appropriate, as th...