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Perilous Journeys To Reach Safety

Caroline Gluck | Posted 12.24.2016 | World
Caroline Gluck

Tens of thousands of Iraqis continue to be displaced fleeing violence, desperate for food, in areas of the country controlled by hardline armed groups.

Lessons from Kirkuk for Mosul and Nineveh Province

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.30.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Lessons from Kirkuk can inform plans to stabilize Mosul and Nineveh province after Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State.

Iraqi Governor Thinks Prime Minister Needs To Resign For Country To Prevail Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi needs to resign and appoint a new cabinet of ministers he personally chooses if he is to have any h...

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

Historic: The Kurds Seize Kirkuk

Janet Ritz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Janet Ritz

People unfamiliar with Kurds may not see the significance of the Kurdish army taking the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, a rich oil city they've long wanted as part of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iraqi Kurds Seize Oil-Rich City Of Kirkuk

Reuters | AHMED RASHEED AND ISABEL COLES | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL, Iraq, June 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of the northern oil city ...

Iraqi Kurds: "No Friend but the Mountains"

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

The recent explosion shatters the myth that Iraqi Kurdistan can immunize itself from Iraq's violence between Sunnis and Shia.

Bomb Blasts Claim More Lives In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 21 (Reuters) - Several bomb blasts killed at least 12 people in Iraq on Tuesday, police said, a day after more than 70 died in att...

Explosions Across Iraq Claim Dozens Of Lives

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | World

By Kareem Raheem and Aseel Kami BAGHDAD, March 20 (Reuters) - At least 26 explosions struck cities and towns across Iraq on Tuesday, k...

Militants Bomb Home Of Iraqi Policeman, Killing 10

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2012 | World

HILLA, Iraq, Jan 26 (Reuters) - An Iraqi policeman and nine relatives were killed as they slept when militants bombed their home south of Baghdad on...

Andy Rooney Goes to Baghdad

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Andy Rooney, who we'll all admit became kind of a pain in the neck at the end, died this past weekend. He did write something interesting: Having got...

Ruinous Victories

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Politicians are chronically myopic and generally ill-educated. Whenever they claim victory abroad, skepticism is justified. The latest case of Libya is no different.

Mission Accomplished, All Over Again ...

Josh Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Rushing

I just returned from my sixth trip to Iraq where I expected to film a preview of Sunday's elections for an episode of my show Fault Lines on Al Jazeera English, but instead I found a civil war in the making.

Kirkuk: Caged Bird or Phoenix?

Josh Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Josh Rushing

In a city where electricity flows only 20 percent of the time and crude takes up the slack for cooking and heating, people here pay a premium for the valuable commodity many argue is their birthright.

Selling Confidence in Iraq

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

The upcoming days will be a real test for the Iraqi forces. Now that the United States can take credit for restoring democracy to Iraq, is it sufficiently rooted to survive the US withdrawal?

Has There Really Been a Policy Change in Iraq?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There haven't been any results in Iraq, either because President Obama hasn't tried hard enough, or because his efforts have failed.

Hajj and Terrorism

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Radical Islam can only be defeated from within. The sooner President-elect Barack Obama understands this, the faster innocent lives will be spared.

Diplomacy, Diplomacy, Diplomacy

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Diplomacy is as important for keeping Iraq stable as it is for making sure that US troops are not targets of attacks by insurgents, or caught in the crossfire of an explosion of sectarian violence, as we begin to pull back.

The Surge "Success" Debunked

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Iraq remains a powder keg. "The Surge" has done little to increase security, a state of civil war remains and regional conflict threatens greater problems for the future.

Battle Over Oil-Rich Kirkuk Threatens To Derail Iraq Elections

McClatchy Newspapers | Leila Fadel and Sahar Issa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi legislators Sunday failed to reach an agreement to solve an increasingly bitter dispute over the oil-rich norther...