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ISIS Claims Car Bombing Outside U.S. Consulate In North Iraq

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

ERBIL, April 17 (Reuters) - A car bomb killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region that ...

REPORT: U.S. And Iraq Preparing Assault To Recapture Mosul

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The United States and Iraq have started preparing for an offensive by summer to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul, wh...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Iran Bombing Islamic State In Iraq, U.S. Official Confirms

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The list of countries bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq has thus far featured a host of classic United States partners -- Canada, th...

More Than 1,200 Iraqis Have Been Killed In November, According To The UN

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 01.31.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Monday he retired 24 officials from the Interior Ministry as part of efforts to restructure the country's ...

This Incredible Interactive Map Explains Who Hates Who In The Middle East

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

Trying to understand the complexities of Middle East politics can seem like an impenetrable task and the tangled and changing relations between govern...

The Air War Gets Harder, and Harder

David Wood | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's worth remembering these days -- as President Obama declares that air power will be the primary and perhaps only U.S. effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria -- that the impressive Pentagon videos of missile warheads exploding in the crosshairs obscure the difficulty that air power has in achieving positive, lasting effects on the ground. And that the effects of air campaigns diminish over time -- as the Germans discovered when their intense bombing of London in 1940 failed to break Britain's will. Shock and awe are short-lived.

U.S. Airstrikes Destroy Millions Of Dollars In U.S.-Made Arms In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics

By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The grainy black-and-white footage shows a military vehicle, a small dark mass in the cr...

Why Is Congress AWOL?

Jane Harman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Jane Harman

Sen. Bob Corker told the Wilson Center last June that, looking back on more than a decade of armed conflict with al-Qaeda, Congress finds itself left with "no ownership whatsoever" of U.S. counterterrorism policy. He called the hands-off congressional approach "totally feckless" -- and he's right.

Kurdish Military: Peshmerga Forces Are Now In Full Control Of Mosul Dam

AP | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A spokesman for the Kurdish military says its peshmerga forces are now in full control of the Mosul Dam and its vicinity, successfull...

Islamic Fighters Kill Scores Of Yazidi Men In Iraq

AP | DIAA HADID and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifle...

U.S. Military: Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Militants In N. Iraq

AP | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city...

Sam Stein

Lanny Davis On How To Handle And Haggle With Nouri Al-Maliki

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- These are tense times for Nouri al-Maliki. Pushing for a third term, the embattled prime minister of Iraq is on the verge of being ouste...

Six Steps the World Must Take Now to Stop the Horror of ISIS

Adel Guindy | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Adel Guindy

The international community is failing to recognize that ISIS is an international -- not just Iraqi -- problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.

Iraq Says U.S. Airstrikes Have Been Effective Against Islamic State

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and BRAM JANSSEN | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

KHAZER CAMP, Iraq (AP) — President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to ...

Iraqi, Kurdish Officials Welcome U.S. Airdrops

AP | BRAM JANSSEN and DIAA HADID | Posted 10.08.2014 | World

KHAZER CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of displaced Iraqis fled their camp in the face of advancing fighters of the Islamic State group, deepening the h...

Pentagon Denies Reports U.S. Hit Militant Targets In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

The Pentagon denied reports that U.S. forces had bombed targets in northern Iraq on Thursday. In a message posted on Twitter, Pentagon press secretary...

U.S. Weighs Airstrikes, Humanitarian Aid In Iraq

AP | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is weighing direct military strikes to stem an Islamic militant group's gains in Iraq, as well as humanitarian rel...

The United States Must Advance a Mideast Policy Based on Collaboration

Jane Harman | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Jane Harman

Day by day, with chaos blossoming, it becomes clearer that if we do have a strategic narrative for the Middle East, we certainly have not articulated it effectively. In marketing terms, we are not making the sale.

Dempsey: U.S. Assessing Whether Iraq Forces Can Hold

AP | By OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — A key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country's security forces can hold together and whether its leade...

It's Time Obama Lowered the Bar for Success in Iraq

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Tara Sonenshine

For many decades the United States has sought macro wins on foreign policy -- big-ticket successes like invading Iraq, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bringing down Libyan dictator Mohammar Qaddafi, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, and other notable goals only to see gains reversed and goal posts moved. So maybe it is time to scope ambitions and seek smaller prizes.

Iraq: The Way Ahead Requires Understanding the Past

Joseph C. Wilson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Joseph C. Wilson

The decision to abandon the policy of aggressive containment, and launch a war to overthrow Saddam has led us to the precipice of what we had been attempting to avoid for a quarter of a century -- the breakup of Iraq, and dangerous instability for the foreseeable future, including the distinct possibility of a terrorist safe haven in the Sunni tribal lands. And, whether we agree with it or not, the U.S. will forever be blamed for all of the negative consequences. Relitigating the past is obviously painful for those who were so terribly wrong, and whose actions led to what is arguably the most egregious foreign policy error in the history of our country. But it is necessary as we consider the way ahead.

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.

Why America Should Let Iraq Resolve its Own Crisis

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The U.S. already destroyed the political, economic and social infrastructure of Iraq, turning it into an anarchic free-for-all of every clan for itself. We in the West try to deny the ugly consequences of our own actions by shrugging our shoulders and noting that Iraqis are, after all, "eternally tribal." But who do you turn to when the proverbial excrement--the destruction of your country--hits the fan? Most people revert to their core social identities--their clans, tribes, sectarian or regional groups--the only ones that can provide security against anarchy and enemies.

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) ...

Fox News Hosts Really Want The US To Attack Iraq

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Media

With militants capturing much of Iraq in a violent sweep through the country, calls are increasing on American news networks—and especially on Fox N...