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Iraq Insurgents Capture Another Town

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening t...

Iran's Top Leader Opposes US Intervention In Iraq

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists...

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

As the nation analyzes the roots of the recent meltdown in the Middle East, this much is certain: the Middle East, as we've known it for decades, is on the verge of disintegrating.

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.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Healing Iraq, Healing the World

Stephan Said | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Stephan Said

If today's uprising is suppressed without addressing its grievances, and without building a government that represents all of the people equally, it will ensure the death of countless innocent people, destabilizing not only Iraq, but the entire world.

The Real Reason Why Obama Is Shying Away From Airstrikes in Iraq

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

When combining Maliki's spotty record as a leader and his dismal rating since the 2011 U.S. withdrawal, you can see why the president may have concluded that sending in the jets and drones is a less desirable that it once was.

Obama To Speak On Iraq As U.S. Weighs Its Options

AP | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq's stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite ...

U.S. Weighs Pressing Iraq Leader To Step Down

AP | By JULIE PACE and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military...

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.

Deconstructing the Iraq and Syria Conflicts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The current escalating sectarian violence between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces and the unending civil war in Syria are now intertwined and neither can be resolved without the other, which requires a dramatic change in the political and military landscape in Syria and Iraq.

Iraq and the Neocons: The Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Neocons and elite media personalities who got everything wrong on Iraq now darken my TV screen telling me to ignore the invasion, the eight-year occupation, the lies about weapons of mass destruction, "mushroom clouds" becoming "smoking guns," the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and everything else, and pretend the war started with General David Petraeus's miraculous "surge" where everything was wonderful in Iraq until the "dove" Obama pulled the plug. It's a nice narrative if your goal is partisan advantage, but like so much else we've heard from policy elites regarding Iraq, it has nothing to do with reality.


Francis Levy | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

It may sound like the old cold war policy of spheres of influence, but as we can see in the instance of Kirkuk, a strong Kurdistan seems to be the best insurance against making Iraq into a major outpost of Islamic extremism.

Iraq Will Follow Blair to His grave

David Hearst | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
David Hearst

Blair has to recognize that the Iraq war did not end when Barack Obama pulled the last combat troops out of the country. It is still going on now. Iraq is indeed more than a legacy of office. It is a large weight to have on one's conscience.

Iraq Remains On Edge As Insurgent Advance Slows

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

(Adds details on U.S. aircraft carrier, paragraph 4, airstrike on Kurdish forces, paragraphs 11-13, White House comment on Obama, paragraphs 21-22) ...

Who Lost Iraq? And What We Can Do About It

James Zogby | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Eventually the question will be asked -- "Who lost Iraq?" In a way, it might be seen as an improper question to ask since it presumes that Iraq was ours to lose. The fact that it was not, however, doesn't absolve us of responsibility.

Jason Linkins

Ari Fleischer Can't Remember Whether He Likes Iraq Withdrawal Or Not | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

On October 21, 2011, The New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's announcement that "the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end ...

Iraq: Make Way for the Parade of Prophets

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

The decision by President Obama to remove US forces from Iraq in 2011 was viewed as premature by Mr. McCain, and so now the good senator gets to look like someone who had some special insight into the future. Mark my words, the parade of prophets is just getting started.

ISIS' Military Successes in Iraq

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

What is becoming clearer with each passing day is that the Middle East has to adjust to and counteract a new insurgent entity which some observers already claim is stronger in motivation and manpower than the pre-9/11 al-Qaeda.

ISIS Beats a Brutal Counterpoint to Hillary's Happy Book Launch

William Bradley | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

To her credit, Hillary apologizes in her memoir for voting as a member of the U.S. Senate to authorize the invasion of Iraq. Well, some mistakes, like gifts, just keep on giving.

Joe Biden Calls Iraqi Leader, Says U.S. Ready To Help

AP | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) that the Unite...

Obama: Iraq Will Need Additional US Assistance

AP | By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than three years after pulling American forces out of Iraq, President Barack Obama is weighing a range of short-term military...

U.N. Says Violence In Iraq Killed 799 In May Alone

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 06.01.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence has claimed the lives of 799 Iraqis in May, the highest monthly death toll so far this year, the United Nations said on Sund...

Iraq Elections: No End to Violence

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

Despite his failure to heal the country's stark sectarian divides, Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is nearly guaranteed a third term at the helm after the latest elections.

Thousands Flee Iraq Gov't Assault On Rebel-Held Falluja

Reuters | Ned Parker, Isra' al-Rubei'i and Raheem Salman | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, May 16 (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians have fled Falluja since last week after the Iraqi military intensified shelling in a new bid to c...