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McCain Poses With Alleged Terrorists -- Proof That Involvement in Syria Is a Bad Idea

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

If a U.S. senator can unwittingly pose for pictures with terrorists in Syria, how can we guarantee that the arms McCain supports sending there won't also end up in the same place McCain did -- with terrorists?

Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.

Reviewing America's Wars [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Since the mainstream media has abdicated all responsibility for reporting the news, I thought today would be a good day to review the current status of America's wars.

Defeat in Iraq: Muqtada's Return

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

The return of Muqtada Al-Sadr, a junior Shia cleric and head of the Mehdi Army militia, from his refuge in Iran to a prominent role in Iraqi politics ...

Civil War Still a Possibility in Iraq

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy White

Yesterday's coordinated attacks by insurgents are a chilling sign that it is far too soon to be breathing sighs of relief over the state of Iraq.

Muqtada Sadr's Mahdi Army Militiamen Slowly Resurface

LA Times | Borzou Daragahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After two years, ex-militiamen are being seen again in Baghdad neighborhoods. Officials fear the shadowy group could take advantage of Iraq's festerin...

Iraq: Stop Killings for Homosexual Conduct

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

The killings -- committed without evidence or trial, on the basis of prejudice and whim -- violate standards in Sharia law for legality, proof, and privacy.

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.

Five Reasons For Hope In Iraq

Time | BOBBY GHOSH / BAGHDAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Bombings and casualties are way down; arrests of militants and the number and confidence of the Iraqi security forces are way up. Most of the addition...

Shiite Mahdi Army Significantly Weakened In Baghdad

New York Times | SABRINA TAVERNISE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The militia that was once the biggest defender of poor Shiites in Iraq, the Mahdi Army, has been profoundly weakened in a number of neighborhoods acro...

The Real Cost Of Staying The Course

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

If Americans who support this war aren't willing to put their own bodies where their rhetoric is, there can be no sustainability.

Shiite Leader al-Sadr Seeks To Be Iraq Icon Like His Father

Washington Post | Amit R. Paley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the revered head of Iraq's largest Shiite opposition group was assassinated in 1999, the mantle of leadership passed to an unexpected heir: Moqta...

Sadr Will Disband Mahdi Army If Instructed By Clerics

Reuters | Khaled Farhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will consult senior religious leaders and disband his Mehdi Army militia if they instruct him to, a senior aide s...

Shiite Cleric al-Sadr Calls For Million-Strong March Against US In Iraq

Reuters | Peter Graff and Ahmed Rasheed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Thursday for 1 million Iraqis to march against U.S. "occupation" next week after his Mehdi Army militia battl...