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In Response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.16.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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?

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...

Perfect Friendship

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The only conclusion one can draw from the foregoing is that war makes strange bedfellows. How they'll all feel when they wake up in the morning we'll find out if that ever happens.

The Daily Szep -- Not Wanted

Paul Szep | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Paul Szep

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U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.

Why Are Obama and Kerry Wasting Their Time With 'Iraq?'

William Bradley | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What we have called "Iraq" since the British and French carved up the old Ottoman Empire after World War I is obviously over. So why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in the midst of the unfolding Gulf War III, wasting time pretending they might save the old carcass?

A Frightening Precedent

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The current situation in the Middle East is proof that ignoring a wound doesn't make it go away. Over three years of neglect from the international community with regards to Syria has destabilized that nation and its neighbors.

'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...

Iraq Army Tries To Retake Saddam's Hometown

AP | RYAN LUCAS and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.28.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government launched its biggest push yet to wrest back ground lost to Sunni militants, as soldiers backed by tanks and heli...

Stop the Next Iraq War Before It Starts

William Hartung | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama has promised not to send "combat troops" to Iraq, but it's hard to see how the U.S. military personnel he is sending there can avoid combat, given that they are being dropped into the middle of a civil war.

Iraqi Parliament To Meet In First Step To Form New Government

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work...

Iraqi Parliament To Meet In First Step To Form New Government

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work...

Iraq Militants Strike Air Base, Seize Oilfields

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

* Mortars hit "Camp Anaconda" * 40 U.S. special operations personnel in Iraq * Government troops battle fighters for con...

Breaking Up Iraq Could Support Putin's Effort to Annex Eastern Ukraine

David Paul | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Today, the Iraq civil war is increasingly becoming a conflict between those who believe that there is --or must be -- a nation called Iraq, and those who view Iraq as a transient historical phenomenon with no inherent identity or purpose.

Maliki Is a New Saddam, and It's America's Fault

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Many American Iraq war veterans must be disappointed; after all, they didn't risk their lives for all those years so that the country they believed they were helping liberate can fall into the hands of extremists.

Iraq: The Narratives of Intervention

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Rick Ayers

The battles in Iraq should be heartbreaking and infuriating to all Americans. Heartbreaking because it did not have to be this way. Infuriating because we have to know, in our heart of hearts, that this is a U.S.-created disaster.

Kerry Back In Iraq To Meet With Kurdish Leader

AP | LARA JAKES and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has alrea...

Instead of Meddling Endlessly in the Mideast, Washington Should Stop Trying to Fix Iraq and Everywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

American intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. Every time the U.S. attempts to repair its last accident, it increases and spreads the mess. It is time for a different approach. One in which Washington does not attempt to micromanage the affairs of other nations. In which Washington practices humility. This would not be isolationism. America, and especially Americans, should be engaged in the world. Economic and cultural ties benefit all. Political cooperation can help meet global problems. Humanitarian needs are varied and manifold. Military action sometimes is necessary, but only rarely -- certainly far less often than presumed by Washington.

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

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

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

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

Iraq Insurgents Capture Another Town

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.22.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening t...

Iran's Top Leader Opposes US Intervention In Iraq

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 06.22.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists...

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

As the nation analyzes the roots of the recent meltdown in the Middle East, this much is certain: the Middle East, as we've known it for decades, is on the verge of disintegrating.

Bombs Are Medication For Guilt, Not Peace, In Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

This civil war in Iraq is a war caused by our invasion and nearly decade long occupation, no doubt, but it is a war that will only worsen if the United States once again returns and takes a side. As with so many modern wars, a solution lies not in killing, but in compromise.