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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....

America Should Stay Out of Iraq's Revived Killfest: Only Iraqis Can Save Their Country

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should ignore these Sirens of Death. Attempting to forcibly transform Iraq never was Washington's responsibility. Having botched the job once, U.S. policymakers should not try again. There certainly is no public support for new military adventures in Mesopotamia.

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.

Gertrude of Arabia and Her Kurdish Mistake

Stanley Weiss | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

With the country again teetering on the brink of sectarian chaos, it is time to stop forcing Iraq's 35 million inhabitants -- Shiite Arabs in the south, Sunnis in central Iraq, and Kurds in the north -- to coexist within arbitrary British borders.

Iraq Needs Greater Sunni-Shiite Dialogue: Cleric

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

By Amena Bakr DOHA, June 23 (Reuters) - An influential Sunni Muslim cleric said on Monday that only dialog could solve Iraq's crisis, ...

The Conflicts In Iraq And Syria Are Merging

AP | By ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Ba...

Everything You Need to Know About the Middle East Can Be Explained by Dr. Seuss

MP Nunan | Posted 06.20.2014 | Comedy
MP Nunan

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Obama on the Brink: War or Peace?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama has an unprecedented opportunity to be a real peacemaker in Iraq. The wisest course of action is a diplomatic solution that embraces the entire region.

The Roots of the Iraq Crisis: Political Failure, Military Collapse

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Iraq once again illustrates the harsh reality that there are limits to what U.S. military force can accomplish despite the best intentions of its elected leaders, soldiers, and citizens.

Why the Current Incarnation of ISIS Is No Joke

Howard Barbanel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

Allowing Iraq's vast oil reserves to fall into the hands of the most extreme Muslim terror group in the world is just not good for world stability. Allowing a Killing Fields type of ethnic cleansing of Iraq is not good on pure humanitarian grounds.

The Saudi Paradox: Spreading God and Terror in Iraq

Amir Madani | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Amir Madani

By its furious act of terror and mass murder, the ruthless beheading machine ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) has linked the Iraqi civil war to the Syrian bloodbath with a plan to establish a medieval caliphate in the desert region between the two countries.

UN Investigators Warn Of Wider Sectarian War Across Iraq, Syria

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents want...

Iraq Remains On Edge As Insurgent Advance Slows

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

(Adds details on U.S. aircraft carrier, paragraph 4, airstrike on Kurdish forces, paragraphs 11-13, White House comment on Obama, paragraphs 21-22) ...

What's Happening in Pakistan?

Harris Zafar | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Harris Zafar

What is happening in that country that makes people so hard-hearted, vicious, and sadistic? If Pakistan will not come to the aid of its own people soon, it will be too late for anyone to save the country from being completely overrun by extremists.

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The latest violence in Iraq rivals the levels last seen during wartime. Last year, between 8,000 and 10,000 civilians were killed, the highest number since 2008.

Happy New Year, Mr. President

Allan Topol | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Allan Topol

No American president has ever begun a year with as many different foreign policy crises as Obama now faces. It would be understandable if he took one look at this list and remained in Hawaii playing golf.

Heightened Sectarian and Political Tensions: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Shiite Coalition

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Hezbollah's determination to fight in support of the Syrian regime forces has led to a second set of issues manifested in regional tensions.

Shiite Fatwa Legitimizes Syrian War

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to f...

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

An Abrahamic Call for Sunnis and Shi'ites to Stand Together

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

Anxiety in the House of Saud

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

So what's the Saudi leadership so apprehensive about? Lots of things, as it happens, even though none presages revolution, or even upheaval.

Wave Of Attacks Rock Baghdad

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 11.21.2013 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings hit mainly Shiite commercial areas in and outside Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 35 people, Iraqi official...

Doubling Down in the Middle East Casino

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Wave Of Explosions Claims Dozens Of Lives In Baghdad

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

BAGHDAD — A new wave of bombs tore through Baghdad on Monday, officials said, killing at least 55 people. Most of the blasts were car bombs deto...