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Kurds Claim Key Border Border Crossing After Fierce Battles With ISIS

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq captured a border crossing with Syria on Tuesday, expelling Islamic State militants in heavy...

Perpetual War, and Shame, Is Our Policy

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Today, on the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is clear to me that the cowardice evinced by the president is directly proportional to the never-ending 9/11 fear mongering that continues to paralyze and retard this country.

Bombs Are Medication For Guilt, Not Peace, In Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

This civil war in Iraq is a war caused by our invasion and nearly decade long occupation, no doubt, but it is a war that will only worsen if the United States once again returns and takes a side. As with so many modern wars, a solution lies not in killing, but in compromise.

No More U.S. Intervention in Iraq

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Despite all of the hysteria surrounding the advances in northern Iraq of the brutal group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), no crisis exists for U.S. security, and the American people are wise in their skepticism of renewed U.S. military involvement in that country.

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Lessons From Russian and Balkan History on How to Stop the War in Syria

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

The current debate on the use and ban of chemical weapons in Syria is a salient testimony to a seemingly forgone notion in crisis diplomacy: the downward spiral of conflict doesn't end until the strategic interests of the key players are addressed.

The American Dream Runs Amok in Aris Janigian's This Angelic Land

Christopher Atamian | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Christopher Atamian

Janigian's perceptive and sometimes gripping novel brings together some of LA's many tribes -- African-American, WASP, Korean, Armenian, Jewish -- into an emotional and intellectual conflagration that mirrors the burning and looting that the city suffered.

Was Friday a Turning Point for Syria?

James Miller | Posted 09.23.2011 | World
James Miller

In Syria, there were massive demonstrations in every major region and in every major city.

48 May Have Died In Boat Crash Off Australia

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SYDNEY — The number of asylum seekers believed killed when their boat smashed into rocky cliffs along an Australian island rose to 48 on Monday,...

Iraq Milestones

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the first time since the war began, there are fewer than 100,000 American troops in Iraq.

Kurdistan PM Barzani Condemns Post-Election Violence

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iraqi Kurdistan's prime minister on Monday condemned post-election violence in the autonomous region that left one person dead and 12 injured, as oppo...

Iraq: Kurd-Arab Strife Takes Center Stage

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Louis Khno is a city councilman whose city is beyond his control. In his barricaded streets are militiamen -- in baseball caps and jeans, wielding Kal...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs :The Geopolitical Importance of Syria SI Analysis: Engagement with Syria seems to be a priority for many di...