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Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

Let the French Take Mosul

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even if the French wholeheartedly embraced this plan, it's not going to happen overnight. And a lot of brave soldiers are going to die in the effort -- there is no getting around that. Whether this price is politically acceptable is up to the French people, really. It's for them to decide.

Turning Point: Coordinated Operations in the War on ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Janet Ritz

Coordinated military offensives against ISIS have begun in the Middle East. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga, with Special Ops and Coalition support, have begun an attack on an ISIS held city that controls an ISIS supply road.

Report: Iraqi Panel Calls For Former PM Maliki To Be Referred To Court

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.16.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 16 (Reuters) - An Iraqi parliamentary panel called on Sunday for dozens of security and political officials, including former Prime Mini...

Save Palmyra From ISIS's Rampage

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Raza Rumi

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have placed on view a relic from ancient Palmyra in Syria. In addition, the galleries are displaying images of 18th century engravings and 19th century photographs from its archives.

The Caliphate Of Fear

AP | Posted 06.19.2015 | World

ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Inside the Islamic State's realm, the paper testifying that you have "repented" from your heretical past must be carried at ...

Washington in Wonderland

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For more than a decade and at very considerable expense, the United States has been attempting to create an Iraqi government that governs and an Iraqi army that fights; the results of those efforts speak for themselves: they have failed abysmally.

Yazidi Youth Protests Through His Art

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

Recently, I came across a young Ezdi, Nasser H. Kassow from Shingal (Sinjar) who is a student of English at a University in Zakho. Kassow had tweeted some of his impressionistic paintings on the state of Yazidis. As we engaged on social media, I interviewed him via Skype to know a little more about his work.

Sistani's Jihad Fatwa One Year On: The Man Who Pulled Iraq From the Brink With a Single Statement

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The 85-year-old Grand Ayatollah did not talk to me as if I'm Sunni or Shia, Muslim or non-Muslim but just as a human being. I left his reception fully confident that Iraq is currently in safe hands so long as it continues to have wise men like him. However, what will happen after Sistani departs a fragile Iraq?

ISIS Took Control Of Mosul One Year Ago. This Is What Life Is Like Now.

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

A year after Islamic State militants overran Iraqi security forces to seize Mosul, life in Iraq's second-largest city has become rife with oppression....

Iraqi Prime Minister Says ISIS Seized 2,300 Humvees When It Took Mosul

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi told state TV on Sunday that Iraq's government lost 2,300 Humvee vehicles when Islamic State insurgents seized th...

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

The Folly of the Sole Superpower Writ Small

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Think of this as a little imperial folly update -- and here's the backstory. In the years after invading Iraq and disbanding Saddam Hussein's military, the U.S. sunk about $25 billion into "standing up" a new Iraqi army.

Dear Commander-in-Chief: A Route to an ISIS Rout

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Mr. President, you have valiantly tried to use an eyedropper to painstakingly calibrate the dose of U.S. military efforts to hold ISIS at bay, let alone to reverse its territorial gains. The patient is far too ill to resort to an eyedropper any longer.

ISIL: The Second Coming

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Fairouz

The worst way to follow the disastrous foreign policy of George W. Bush's era may be with a disaffected administration that seems to be uninterested in forming a coherent and strong U.S. outlook on the world. This is bad timing as the stakes couldn't be higher.

Why Does Heritage Become Hostage?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
American Anthropological Association

Although shocking, such destruction has become routine. Iraq's cultural heritage, along with the country's suffering citizens, has been a constant victim in its tragic war.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. On Feb. 19, U.S. C...

Libraries Burning: From Sarajevo to Mosul

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In the Balkans, Serbia conducted "ethnic cleansing" -- a repellent euphemism for "ethnic purging." The "Islamic State" is bent on "theological cleansing," which amounts to the same evil impulse.

Jessica Schulberg

Pentagon Plans Mosul Attack, Saying Islamic State Might 'Is In Decline' | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon, departing from previous reluctance to disclose specifics about the fight against the Islamic State, on Thursday announced ...

Kurds Are Close To Retaking Iraq's Second Largest City From ISIS

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.19.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve...

What's Next for ISIS?

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

Late last month, ISIS was driven out of the Syrian city of Kobani, thanks to over 100 days of US-led airstrikes and the actions of Kurdish fighters. But this could also be bad news for other parts of the country and potential targets abroad, as this Sunni extremist organization reorients its focus. What can we expect of ISIS in the coming months?

Report: Senior Islamic State Figure Killed In Mosul

Posted 11.20.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Nov 20 (Reuters) - An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medica...

Tell Me How This Ends: The Flaw in Obama's Plan to Destroy the Islamic State

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

While these efforts are all necessary to the ultimate destruction of IS, sadly it is far from sufficient. As the George W. Bush administration failed to ask and answer the crucial "what next" question of what to do once Saddam Hussein and his army were overwhelmed, the Obama White House is repeating this act of strategic ignorance.

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

Survivors Describe ISIS Massacre Of 600 Prisoners In Iraq's Mosul

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second...