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Iraq Is Not Iraq Anymore

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

If America doesn't have the stomach for such an open-ended commitment -- and honestly, it's hard to imagine a successful candidacy for the White House in 2016 built around the theme, "Let's Re-invade Iraq" -- the options get much more limited. But there are three things that would make a difference.

Sunnis And Shi'ites Pray Together For Unity After Bombing

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

KUWAIT, July 3 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any a...

Powerful Display Of Unity At Kuwait Funeral For ISIS Blast Victims

AP | Posted 06.28.2015 | World

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Thousands of people in Kuwait took part in a mass funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targe...

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

ISIS Claims Deadly Suicide Bombing In Saudi Arabia

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 05.30.2015 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, kil...

The Politics of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The U.S. has the most powerful military in the history of the world, but it should not be utilized as a political tool or for retribution. The government and its leaders must do their best to make the right decisions, to be truthful with the American people, and to provide all the necessary support needed to fulfill the military's mission. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case.

Islamic State Group Radio Warns 'Black Days' Lie Ahead In Saudi Arabia

AP | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF | Posted 05.23.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days"...

Jeb Bush, the GOP and the Iraq War: 'Knowing What We Know Now'

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

The question should not be whether the U.S. had faulty intelligence, but whether the existence of WMDs in Iraq alone should have been regarded as a casus belli -- as a justification for going to war against, and invading, a foreign country.

Protect Religious Liberty: Christians and Other Minority Faiths Face Violent Attacks in Middle East and Beyond

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

Religious persecution did not end with Nero and the Roman Empire. In fact, punishment of and hostility toward people of faith is increasing.

Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must be very careful how it formulates foreign policy involving not only these two countries but also the greater Middle East. This region is a powder keg and is no place for reckless, chest-thumping American politicians on the left and right to be tossing politically lit matches.

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Top U.S. General Worries Over What Follows Swift Iraq Win In Tikrit

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer on Wednesday predicted certain victory by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia battling to ...

10 Reasons Why America Should Let Others Destroy ISIS and End Perpetual Military Involvement in Iraq

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It makes little sense to continue with the same tactic of perpetual war, without any assurance of a better strategic outcome. To assume that another Iraq war will keep us "safe" doesn't address the nature of terrorism or the nature of failed wars.

ISIS Unites the World

John Feffer | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

At the level of global affairs, there hasn't been anything like ISIS since Genghis Khan left immense piles of skulls outside conquered cities and dared the world to gang up against his Mongol horde. Genghis Khan didn't negotiate. The only word in his diplomatic vocabulary was capitulation. So too with ISIS and its dream of a caliphate of the oppressed.

Falling Oil Prices and Geopolitics

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The dawn of 2015 finds Americans continuing to marvel and benefit at the pump from low oil prices. Yet many ask: Why all of a sudden are prices falling so drastically? Do market forces have anything to do with it? Or is this a political strategy?

Muslims: You Must Break Free of Captivity

Qasim Rashid | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

The same clerics who stand to lose everything if the Muslim masses turn away from them took yet another cowardly and barbaric step to ensure they keep their masses captive -- either mentally, physically, morally, and spiritually.

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime change in Damascus will likely only bolster the Islamic State, which happens to be a sworn enemy of Assad the Apostate.

Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura In Karbala, Iraq Amid Tight Security

AP | ZEINA KARAM and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight se...

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens In Iraq

Reuters | Michael Georgy | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi'ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Mo...

If (When) Baghdad Falls, Keep American Soldiers Away From the Mess Created By Bush and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

With Iraq falling apart and a new enemy on the horizon that's simply a rebranding of the old one, there's a striking observation to be made about two presidents, Congress, and the leaders who send our soldiers off to war.

Is Yemen On The Brink Of Civil War?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

Shiite rebels in Yemen signed a UN-brokered agreement with other political parties this weekend to form a new government. In weeks of intense clashes,...

The Best Way the U.S. Can Help Fight ISIL Is Staying Out

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

If the past is any indication of what could result out of this "mission," the U.S., the nation leading the way with words, guns and treasure, is likely to fail simply because every time it has gone there it has made things worse.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Are The U.S. And Iraq On The Same Page?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

When Secretary of State John Kerry met with freshly minted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, he declared that the U.S. was "very enco...

Barack Obama Is Fourth President to Put Americans At Risk In Iraq: Let Those Threatened by the Islamic State Fight It

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unless President Obama pulls back quickly, his administration risks becoming absorbed in another interminable, unnecessary war in Mesopotamia with unpredictable but almost certainly negative consequences.

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.