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Report: Senior Islamic State Figure Killed In Mosul

Posted 11.20.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Nov 20 (Reuters) - An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medica...

Tell Me How This Ends: The Flaw in Obama's Plan to Destroy the Islamic State

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

While these efforts are all necessary to the ultimate destruction of IS, sadly it is far from sufficient. As the George W. Bush administration failed to ask and answer the crucial "what next" question of what to do once Saddam Hussein and his army were overwhelmed, the Obama White House is repeating this act of strategic ignorance.

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

Survivors Describe ISIS Massacre Of 600 Prisoners In Iraq's Mosul

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second...

In the Words of Suaad Allami: The Plight of Iraqi Women Refugees

UN Women | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
UN Women

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women's rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO "Women for Progress" in 2007. She gives us a glimpse at how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping...

The Spirit of Life

Daniel Davis | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Daniel Davis

It may seem like a such a small thing to alter the focus of a holiday for one night and for all the adults of this nation to set the day aside for prayer. But great things can sometimes be accomplished from small beginnings.

How to Win the Ideological War Against ISIS

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

Critics of the coalition may see military action as a threat and think that it will only intensify the problem. However, such critics seem to be ignoring that it was the inaction towards the atrocities in Syria and the failed state in Iraq that resulted in the swelling of ISIS's ranks from a few hundred to nearly 30,000 according to the latest estimates.

These 10 Photos Show The World Of Difference Between Iraq's Past And Present

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.22.2014 | World

This combination of two photographs shows a 1932 image of the Crooked Minaret mosque next to a Yazidi shrine in Mosul, northern Iraq, from the Library...

The 'Good' Iraq War? 5 Things to Consider Before We March Into Another Mideast Quagmire

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Here are five things to consider as we discuss this latest insertion of US military personnel, money, and weaponry into, potentially, another Mideast quagmire -- this one being pitched as the "good" or "justified" Iraq War.

Invaded!

Francis Levy | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Have you ever considered what would happen if the United States was really invaded? 9/11 was a terrorist attack but there was no follow up.

ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Tara Kangarlou

The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.

Treat ISIS Like an Onion

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Bombing Syria will eventually lead to boots on the ground, and then what? We will produce more destruction in Syria, as we have already seen in Iraq, and only increase the hatred of the people of the Middle East toward the United States.

Saving Christianity in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion
Luay Al Khatteeb

The White House warned last week that the situation in Iraq risks becoming a "humanitarian catastrophe." The dilemma of persecuted minorities in the region must now surely override any debate over using military power to defeat ISIL.

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.

Aleppo Must Not Fall

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Pietros Maneos

'Mankind has had ten-thousand years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.' -- T.E. Lawrence 'All c...

ISIS Delenda Est

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Pietros Maneos

While I applaud President Obama for authorizing military airstrikes against ISIS, I do feel that we should do more, most especially with our special forces.

Mr. Obama's War

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America's unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome to the Obama war.

15 Shocking Numbers That Will Make You Pay Attention To What ISIS Is Doing In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Carina Kolodny | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

Over the past few months, the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot formerly known as ISIS, has mounted a brutal campaign in Syria and Iraq that has all...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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.

Is It Time to Arm the Peshmerga?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The White House has some thinking to do. Is the security situation in northwestern Iraq so dire that the administration's "one Iraq" policy needs to be reviewed and perhaps changed?

Not Just Iraq: The Islamic State Is Also on the March in Syria

Charles Lister | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Charles Lister

After approximately a year of extremely minimal confrontation with the Syrian government, the Islamic State is now also in the midst of a major offensive against Syrian Arab Army (SAA) facilities in northeastern Syria.

Iraq's Christians Threatened With Death But 'Vicar Of Baghdad' Stands Strong

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion

Iraq's Christians have perhaps suffered more than any other group since the Islamic State formerly known as ISIS rose to power, but Christianity is in...

Islamic State Extremists Enforce Strict Religious Laws In Iraqi Towns

USA Today | Anmar Al Shamary & Gilgamesh Nabeel | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion

BAGHDAD — Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiit...

France Welcomes Iraqi Christians Seeking Asylum

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the al Qaeda offshoot group now ru...

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...