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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...

Cheney's Iraq Facts Are Still All Wrong

Lawrence Korb | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Cheney's factual errors, misleading statements and hypocrisy are a continuation of his eight years as vice president. Blaming Obama for everything that is not right in the world does not help this country deal with the challenges it faces in the Middle East.

Treat ISIS Like an Onion

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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.

U.S. Aims To Build Coalition Against ISIS

AP | By LARA JAKES | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency....

The U.S. and ISIS

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I'm having to explain to my students why the United States may be on the verge of going to war against Syrian rebels.

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.

Checkmate and Moving on

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Iraq's immediate priority is to secure its cities, main arteries and borders by reforming and improving counter insurgency tactics and better equip the Iraqi Security Forces in conjunction with regional and global powers to help defeat ISIL.

Obama's Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

James Zogby | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS). Passing this hurdle may also serve to vindicate the cautious approach the Obama Administration has taken in addressing the IS crisis.

"We Have Become the Kurdish Air Force" -- Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh Makes the Case For Non-Intervention in Iraq

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

Northern Iraq is rich with oil and natural gas and what is playing out is a battle for these resources by the Kurds and Sunnis in the wake of the departure of Baghdad's control and army. In effect we have become the Kurdish Air Force in protecting the gains the Kurds have made since this crisis began in June.

Be Careful What You Wish for in Iraq

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Abadi is not a moderate - far from it - and nor is he less Islamic driven than Nuri al-Malki.

Iraq's Maliki Agrees To Stand Down, Back New PM

AP | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, says he is relinquishing the post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider...

Welcome Back, President Obama!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

Anyone who has read Obama's recent interview with Thomas Friedman and, more importantly, listened to his statement regarding the ongoing U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in Iraq is right to question whether this is the same U.S. president that has remained idle for so long.

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...

Iraq President Names Deputy Speaker New PM

Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iraq's president on Monday asked Haider al-Abadi, the Shi'ite coalition's nominee for prime minister, to form a government...

Official: Ruling That Could Allow Iraq PM To Retain Post Problematic

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

(Adds details) BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - A decision by Iraq's highest court that could pave the way for Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri ...

Iraq's Troubles Grow As Maliki Digs In

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 08.10.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the...

Iraq's Troubles Grow As Maliki Digs In

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | World

* Maliki's special forces deploy in Baghdad after defiant speech * Shi'ite militias step up patrols * France echoes U.S...

Iraq Special Forces Of Maliki Deployed In Baghdad

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed on Sunday night in strategic areas of Baghdad,...

Iraqi PM To File Legal Complaint Against Newly Elected President

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 08.12.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is taking his struggle to keep his job to the courts after announcing he will file a l...

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.

The President Is Right on Iraq

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The president was correct in announcing humanitarian action yesterday in Iraq. He will be helping to prevent genocide. But, more than that, his announcement of limited military action, both to overtly protect US troops and installations, and tacitly support the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State, is the correct move. In fact, today's air strikes against Islamic State forces outside Irbil serves two purposes. First, it protect U.S. interests in a city we cannot afford to lose, lest we see another Benghazi-type situation there. Second it help the Kurds, our best ally in the region, in their efforts to prevent genocide. This kind of action is the right call. Here's why.

Progressives Should Stand with the President to Oppose Genocide

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I have been a vocal opponent of that war since George W. Bush proposed the invasion in 2002. I strongly believe that the actions President Obama announced in Iraq last night deserve progressive support.

Is It Time to Arm the Peshmerga?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.07.2014 | 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?

In Response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?