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Iraq Violence

Losing Iraq: The Tragic Sum Of Mistakes And Miscalculations

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

Two and a half years after the United States withdrew its troops, violence rages unabated throughout the country. Nearly 2,000 people were killed in I...

Why Rumors Of A Massive Order By ISIS To Mutilate Women Are Probably False

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

A United Nations human rights coordinator on Thursday said that Islamic State militants had ordered Iraqi women and children in the city of Mosul to u...

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 ...

Defeating ISIS in Baghdad Is a Long Shot Given ISF History and Current Realities

P.J. Dermer | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

Attacks In Iraq Kill 16, Wound Dozens

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni mili...

John McCain Says He Would Have Been 'Reluctant' To Invade Iraq Had He Won In 2000

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he would have been hesitant about ordering a ground invasion of Iraq had he been elected president in 2000. “You...

Violence Killed More Than 5,500 Civilians In Iraq This Year: UN

AP | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, the U.N. said Friday in a new report tha...

Iraq Parliament Postpones Decision On New Leaders

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no prog...

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 ...

Child Fighters Sucked Into Iraq's War

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2014 | World

By Maggie Fick BAGHDAD, July 11 (Reuters) - The video on his phone shows the boy firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod throu...

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...

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Republicans Are Stripping Away Rights That Others Fought So Hard to Obtain

Mark Baer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

Since the Supreme Court issued its decision, many people have suggested boycotting Hobby Lobby and other such businesses. While I support such a decision, it misses the bigger issue.

Iraqi Parliament Delays Sessions Until August As Country Faces Crisis

AP | By RYAN LUCAS and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 07.07.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — With political leaders deadlocked, Iraq's parliament squabbled Monday over when to hold its next session, potentially delaying the fo...

Video Claims To Show Shadowy ISIS Leader Giving Public Sermon

AP | RYAN LUCAS and DIAA HADID | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq an...

Iraq Army Recaptures Saddam's Birthplace From ISIS Militants

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

By Isra'a al-Rubei'i and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD, July 4 (Reuters) - The Iraqi army retook Saddam Hussein's home village overnig...

Iraq's Prime Minister Says He Won't Step Down

AP | By RYAN LUCAS and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki vowed Friday not to abandon his bid for another term as prime ministe...

Iraqi Kurdish President: Time To Plan Independence Referendum

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, July 3 (Reuters) - The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament on Thursd...

Frank Underwood, von Clausewitz, Rumsfeld and Yogi Berra

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This past week, to absolutely no fanfare whatever, the last declared chemical weapons left Syria. (Isn't it interesting how the drums of war earn endless media coverage, but the dove of peace flies unnoticed?)

'No One In Iraq Or Any Neighboring Country Will Be Safe From These Plans'

AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister has warned that an extremist group's declaration of an Islamic state in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syr...

UN: Iraq Violence Claimed 2,417 Lives In June

AP | By RYAN LUCAS | Posted 07.01.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territo...

Iraqi Officials: Mortar Rounds Land Near Holy Shiite Shrine In Samarra

AP | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials: 3 mortar rounds land near gate of holy Shiite shrine in Samarra, wounding 9....

The ISIS' 'Management of Savagery' in Iraq

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The ISIS term "management or administration of savagery" in fact refers to that hiatus which occurs between the waning of one power and the consolidation of power of another. What is being assumed here is that a certain chaos will pertain, and that the disputed territory will be ravaged by violence as power oscillates back and forth between the "old" power and its incoming successor (the Islamic State). The author of the "Management of Savagery" treatise bluntly states that there is no room for "softness": "Softness" is the ingredient for failure: "our enemies will not be merciful to us, so it compels us to make them think one thousand times, before they dare attack us".

ISIS Declares Islamic 'Caliphate' And Calls On Groups To Pledge Allegiance

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

By Sylvia WestallBEIRUT, June 29 (Reuters) - An offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "...

Khamenei: Iraq Conflict Between Humanity And Barbarity, Not Sunni-Shia

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

DUBAI, June 28 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the Iraq conflict a "showdown between humanity and barbaria...