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A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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.

An International Conference on Iraq as a Solution

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

ISIS is trying to establish its own Sunni state, the so-called Islamic Caliphate, across borders that have their origins in the Ottoman Empire and post-World War I diplomacy.

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.

Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist Sunni insurgencies in Iraq.

Can We Preserve Religious Freedom and Diversity as Muslims Fight Muslims?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

In the turmoil of our world, what's at stake? Religious freedom. What's required? Religious tolerance.

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

Can ISIS Really Pose A Threat To Jordan?

Wikistrat | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Wikistrat

Some analysts have argued that Jordan may be the next target of this radical Sunni militant group. This may be the case, but it will likely have limited impact and could even present Jordan with an opportunity to strengthen its strategic position.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Eric Holder Concerned Foreign Fighters In Syria Are Working With Yemenis

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he is concerned fighters from Europe and the...

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

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 Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.30.2014 | 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.

Iran: What a Difference a Few Months Make

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Iran is now facing serious challenges that strike at its economic and military weaknesses. In an Arab world that is less than 10-percent Shiite and distrusts non-Arabs, Persian Shiite Iran faces hostile Arab Sunni fundamentalist movements that are rising in the aftermath of the failures of the Arab Spring.

Iraq: The Narratives of Intervention

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.24.2014 | 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.

Iraq and the Middle East Refugee Crisis

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

June 20th is declared World Refugee Day. In this year, this day is being marked by another increase of 9 million refugees.

Iraq Insurgents Capture Another Town

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

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

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

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

MP Nunan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Comedy
MP Nunan

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Obama on the Brink: War or Peace?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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.

Healing Iraq, Healing the World

Stephan Said | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Stephan Said

If today's uprising is suppressed without addressing its grievances, and without building a government that represents all of the people equally, it will ensure the death of countless innocent people, destabilizing not only Iraq, but the entire world.

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

David W. Kearn | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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.