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Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the ...

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.

Matalin-Reagan Debate Obama's Rope-a-Dope Strategy in ISIS Crisis

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
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"Is 'dither' the Republican word for 'think'?", asks Lawrence O'Donnell. So our duo discuss both sides: the-tan-man-has-no-plan-"yet" vs. he's a deliberate president trying to get the substance and coalition right. In his Wednesday address to the Nation, will he say -- their boots, our bombs? Then: Putin in Ukraine, Rick Perry in court, the ALS in America.

Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.

Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist Sunni insurgencies in Iraq.

Power Struggle In Iraq As PM Maliki Refuses To Be Replaced

Reuters | By Michael Georgy and Ahmed Rasheed | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refu...

Mr. Obama's War

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America's unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome to the Obama war.

Iraq's President Names Deputy Speaker New Prime Minister

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament spea...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Why Defeating ISIS in Baghdad Is a Long Shot

P.J. Dermer | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
P.J. Dermer

In Baghdad and its environs, the same Shia militias that Maliki condemned to death and US forces so hardily fought only a few years ago are back and better armed than ever. And ISF and police are "absorbing" these militias by the battalion.

The Daily Szep -- Not Wanted

Paul Szep | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Paul Szep

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Iraqi Parliament Delays Sessions Until August As Country Faces Crisis

AP | By RYAN LUCAS and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — With political leaders deadlocked, Iraq's parliament squabbled Monday over when to hold its next session, potentially delaying the fo...

Nick Robins-Early

An Expert's Take On What The Future May Hold For Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

In the past weeks, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have conquered several cities in Iraq in a lightning offensive, bringing...

Iraqi PM Rejects Calls To Form A 'National Salvation' Government

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and LARA JAKES | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Syrian warplanes bombed Sunni militants' positions inside Iraq, military officials confirmed Wednesday, deepening the concerns that t...

The Millennial Solution - Iraq's Peaceful End

Richard Fowler | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Richard Fowler

Our generation deserves a meaningful end to a baby-boomer/warmonger created conflict and that end must include rational conversation, not more boots on the ground. The only way to honor the lives of those that have fallen in Iraq is to forge a meaningful peace in the region.

10 Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Terrible Idea

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The smell of blood is once again in the air in Washington -- this week for airstrikes and other forms of violent intervention in Iraq. Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

The Good Guys and Bad Guys in Iraq

Steven Clifford | Posted 08.22.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

In 2003 Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq. He was a bad guy. A bunch of good guys named Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith decided to invade Iraq and get rid of this bad guy.

Convergence Between Obama and Rouhani to Put Pressure on Maliki

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, with the collapse of the Iraqi army in Mosul and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) seizure of the Nineveh province, it is time for Washington to start seriously thinking about its available options before it is too late.

Iraq Leaders Trying To Oust Embattled PM

www.nytimes.com | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
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BAGHDAD — Alarmed over the Sunni insurgent mayhem convulsing Iraq, the country’s political leaders are actively jockeying to replace Prime Ministe...

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

ISIS May Skip Baghdad and Instead Build a New State: ‘Syriaq'

Paul Salem | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Paul Salem

ISIS has effectively shown another way forward: to forget about Damascus and Baghdad for now, forget about the Sykes-Picot borders and create a new political space out of the parts of Syria and Iraq that their capitals do not control--a large and viable political territory with major historic cities, trade routes, oil resources and borders potentially abutting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. For now, let's call it Syriaq.

Live From the Shiite Cafe!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

So maybe Iraq wouldn't be falling apart if Nouri al-Maliki and his fellow Shia had been just a bit more magnanimous in victory? Here's a fave from the...

To Stop ISIS, Iraq's Maliki Must Choose Between an Inclusive Alliance and Full-Scale Civil War

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Maliki clearly has no shortage of willing partners to fight ISIS as they advance on the Iraqi capital from the north and west. But whether or not Maliki will muster the political will to organize such a coalition is another story.

Ahead Of Elections, Iraq's Prime Minister Faces Criticism From All Sides

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wins a third four-year term in parliamentary elections Wednesday, he is likely to rely on a n...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.