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Shi'ite Militias

Is The World Waiting For Bana Alabed To Die?

Saad Khan | Posted 11.30.2016 | World
Saad Khan

So this is what the world has come to. Some in the global media are apparently anticipating the death of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, Bana Alabed, wh...

The Battle for Mosul

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.25.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

U.S. Marines with Task Force Spartan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), on Fire Base Bell, Iraq, fire an M777A2 Howitzer. Photo by : U.S. Marine C...

No More Tears For France

Saad Khan | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Saad Khan

While the pretext for the Iraq war turned out be a magnificent lie, Europe faces real, tangible threats from Syria.

Iraq Is Investigating Alleged Executions Of Sunnis In Fallujah

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.13.2016 | World

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is investigating allegations that Shi'ite militiamen helping the army retake Fallujah have executed dozens of Sunni Muslim me...

Civilians Risk Landmines And Snipers To Flee Fallujah As US-Backed Iraqi Fighters Battle ISIS

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

ISTANBUL -- As the U.S.-led coalition pounds Fallujah in an Iraqi offensive to retake its city from the Islamic State, aid groups warn that tens of th...

Daesh: A Misogynist, Racist Caliphate

Saad Khan | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Saad Khan

a'esh's ambition of winning the obligation of the entire Muslim World will only remain a pipedream. It rose because the Iran-backed Shiite militias and the Iraqi army left no stone unturned in persecuting the hapless Sunnis.

Al-Nimr Protests Reflect Iran's Hypocrisy

Saad Khan | Posted 01.04.2017 | World
Saad Khan

There's nothing wrong with protesting against injustice. Things get murky when a state instigates violent protests against another state -- all the while claiming a moral high ground.

The Battle for Ramadi: Whatever Happened to the Anbar Campaign?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.04.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Given its pivotal role in the broader war against the Islamic State, the Anbar Campaign will remain the central focus of Iraqi's military operations for at least the balance of 2015.

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year.

The Peshmerga, the West's Best Defense Against the Islamic State

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

An anti-ISIS conference was held in Paris on June 2. The only armed forces that, so far, have stood up to the beheaders, the only ones capable of holding a front a thousand kilometers long, the only ones that have not yielded an inch of ground -- the Kurdish armed forces, the army of the Iraqi Kurds and its heroic Peshmerga -- were not invited.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Top Dem Blasts Iraq's ISIS Strategy As Baghdad's U.S.-Friendly Leader Struggles | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after it lost a vital provincial capital in its fight against the Islamic State group, Iraq's fragile government is now seeing setb...

A Wave Of Looting And Lynching Follows Iraqi Forces Recapture Of Tikrit

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 3 (Reuters) - On April 1, the city of Tikrit was liberated from the extremist group Islamic State. The Shi'ite-led central governm...

Sophia Jones

Worried Their Names Can Be A Death Sentence, Some Iraqis Look To Change Them | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- Ever since he was a boy, Sufyan dreamed of the day he would pass down his name to a son of his own. When the big day came in the summer ...

Sophia Jones

EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Militiamen Plan To Travel To Yemen To Battle U.S.-Backed Coalition | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.02.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- Iran-backed Shiite militiamen in Iraq say they're ready to take up arms in a country most of them have never been to: Yemen. “We defea...

The Middle East, Unraveling: And Your Solution Is...?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Tell me again: Whose side are we on this time?...

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.

Sophia Jones

Many Iraqis Think They Know Who's Behind ISIS: Uncle Sam | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- It’s all a ruse, some Iraqis say, nothing more than a carefully thought-out plan to destabilize their bloodied country even more. Twel...

Iraqi Troops, Militia Enter Strategic Town Near Tikrit In Offensive Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, March 10 (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militia took the center of a town on the northern edge of Tikrit from Islamic State ...

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.

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 ...

Sadrist politician blames Maliki for recent Baghdad blasts

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

A prominent Shia politician from the Sadrist political bloc has blamed the Iraqi government for failing to protect religious sites in Baghdad followin...

The Sunni-Shia Conflict in Iraq

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Tuesday's deadly coordinated bomb attacks against soft targets in Iraq bear the mark of a simmering Sunni insurgency. But the Sunni-Shia conflict has very little to do with personal religious grudges.

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.

Buying Time

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

The fragile success of the surge can be easily reversed. Now the issue is sustaining the current conditions long enough for us to start bringing our troops home.

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...