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

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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.

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.

Against All Odds: From Iraq to Silicon Valley

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 08.13.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.

Iraq's President Names Deputy Speaker New Prime Minister

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament spea...

Obama's Irrelevant Air Strikes

William Bradley | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Officials: Car Bomb In Baghdad Shopping Area Kills At Least 27

AP | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say car bomb in a Baghdad shopping area has killed 27 people....

Kurds Must Meet on Common Grounds to Prevail.

Delovan Barwari | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

Whether the KRG declares independence or remains part of Iraq, the survival and success of the political experiment in Rojava as a secure and prosperous neighbor directly affects the security and economic development of KRG, and vice versa.

Iraq Suicide Car Bombing Kills At Least 21 In Baghdad

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than ...

29 Women Among Dead After Gunmen Open Fire In Baghdad

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 07.12.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the ...

Iraq: 50 Bodies, Many Blindfolded, Found South Of Baghdad

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared Wednesday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-ru...

Iraq Says 'Terrorist' Groups Have Seized Former Chemical Weapons Facility

AP | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where rem...

Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.

REPORT: Blackwater Manager Threatened 'He Could Kill' Government's Chief Investigator

The New York Times | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investig...

Iraqis Accuse Blackwater Of Killings In U.S. Court

The New York Times | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The witness wore a suit with no tie, the top button of his gray shirt undone. He had told this story many times, and now that he was in...

Officials: Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Outdoor Market South Of Baghdad

AP | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say suicide bomber has targeted an outdoor market south of Baghdad, killing 13....

U.S. Forces Begin Arriving In Baghdad To Assess Iraqi Troops

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and ...

Iraq Replaces Vietnam As Metaphor For Tragedy

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew Lam

In another generation, when a future U.S. president sends troops to occupy some intransigent country on a dubious objective, American pundits will most likely ask this familiar question made new: "Will it be another Iraq?"

UN: Over 1,000 Killed In Iraq So Far This Month

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.24.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — More than 1,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq this month as Sunni insurgents overtook key area...

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

William Bradley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Have we learned nothing during our adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia?

Iraq and the Middle East Refugee Crisis

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

June 20th is declared World Refugee Day. In this year, this day is being marked by another increase of 9 million refugees.

10 Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Terrible Idea

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The smell of blood is once again in the air in Washington -- this week for airstrikes and other forms of violent intervention in Iraq. Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

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.

On to Baghdad

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Officials: Deadly Explosion In Baghdad's Sadr City

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down at a jail north of Baghdad, a car bomb struck a Shiite neighborhood of the capital...