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Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

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Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester in 2017 and in 1996

Although decades apart, both terrorist attacks were reactions against a history of colonialism.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Sends Troops to the Turkish-Syrian Border

The president is in the position of trying to separate—and make peace between—a major military power and a band of leftist Kurds.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell

This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE



How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East

The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE



In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars

The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or MOAB—weapon was developed during the Iraq War but previously wasn’t used in combat. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.

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Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Why Russia Won’t Leave Syria

Russia has all but won the war in Syria, and it’s not going to yield the sphere of influence it has made in the region to Donald Trump or anyone else.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



Is It Our Goal to Prolong the Syrian War?

Some see a covert U.S. policy—under both Obama and Trump—to keep the war going and then, one day, to “pick up the remnants.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Behavior May Encourage Attacks, Says Islamic State Spokesman

Disturbing signs emerge that the president’s odd self-presentation and erratic pronouncements could lead to a serious security threat worldwide.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE



Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline

The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

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Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)

The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

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What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?

The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE



America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017

The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad Calls Donald Trump ‘a Natural Ally’

In the past, Trump has asserted that ISIS is a far bigger danger to the U.S. than the al-Assad regime.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



Masoud Barzani Pledges That Kurdish Forces Won’t Enter Mosul

The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government presumably made this announcement to assuage fears of Iraqi Arabs that the KRG would take advantage of the campaign against Islamic State to annex part or all of the city to Iraqi Kurdistan.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE



Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign

The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Take Bashiqa on the Road to Mosul

Iraqi forces continued their advance on Mosul on Sunday despite the car bombs and sniping tactics of Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Diversionary Attack Fails in Kirkuk, but Hundreds of Civilians Die in Mosul Battle

The fundamentalist group launches fighting in two cities, amid the slow, steady advances being made by the Iraqi army and its allies.

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Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq

As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Seven Things You Should Know About Mosul (Video)

The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city back from Islamic State has begun in earnest. What is the significance of the city?

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)

Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



Hacker Who Handed Over U.S. Government Data to Islamic State Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

International cooperation led to Ardit Ferizi’s arrest and conviction in a groundbreaking cybersecurity case.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Obama’s Approach to Ending Terrorism: Destroying Islamic State in Mosul and Then Rebuilding City

President Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and discussed the coming campaign to take the city of Mosul away from Islamic State, entirely destroying the terrorist organization’s territorial power in Iraq.

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U.S. Seeks to Prevent Islamic State From Looting, Selling or Destroying Antiquities

A meeting was convened recently in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to secure and preserve cultural artifacts in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE



Syria Truce Holds, Offering Hopes for Delivery of Humanitarian Aid

The truce that began Monday night in Syria held for its first 24 hours in the areas designated by the U.S. and Russia for a cease-fire. There was little sign of political compromise, however, which is a bad sign for the future.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. and Russia Plan Joint Air Command to Hit Terrorists in Syria

Some officers in the U.S. military do not like the idea of coordinating with Russia, feeling that it has taken advantage of past cease-fires to advance its interests and those of Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly 500 More U.S. Troops Sent to Iraq for Mosul Attack in Advance of Election Day

If Islamic State loses Mosul before Americans go to the polls Nov. 8, it will undermine a key talking point of the Republican right: that Obama is weak on terrorism.

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With Defeat Looming, Islamic State Haunts Syria With Six Bombings (Video)

The group is still acting like a military organization, but it has always mixed military with terrorist tactics. On Monday, it slid toward the terrorist end of the spectrum, setting off six coordinated bombings that left more than four dozen people dead.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Declares Turkish-Backed Campaign Against Our Allies in Syria ‘Unacceptable’

Recent developments in Syria are reminiscent of the cartoon strip “Peanuts” scenario in which Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back. In this case, Washington is playing Lucy and the Kurds are playing Charlie Brown.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Syria Snafu: Pentagon’s Militias Are Fighting Turkey and CIA’s Militias

U.S. Syrian policy is in disarray despite recent victories against Islamic State.

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Islamic State Sends Families Out of Mosul as Kurdish and Shiite Forces Advance

Iraqi military forces have taken the strategic town of al-Qayarah, near the major city of Mosul, from Islamic State. Mosul is the last major city in the hands of the apocalyptic, brutal cult that has lost almost all the territory it took in 2014.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Did Not Found Islamic State, Mr. Trump—the GOP Did (Video)

In his daily free-association exercise, the Republican presidential nominee accused the president of creating the terrorist organization by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011. But the timetable for withdrawal was set by the Bush administration.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Number of Islamic State Fighters Falls to 15,000

Islamic State as a territorial power is slowly coming to an end, but as a source of terrorism it will have a long run.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Important Smuggling City of Manbij, Syria, Has Fallen to the Kurd-Arab Force

The war in Syria is nowhere near to being over, but the Islamic State period may be coming to an end.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Captures Thousands in Iraq

The terrorist group is said to have executed a number of young men of fighting age who were attempting to flee territory held by Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



Are the French News Media Right to Stop Printing Photos and Names of Terrorists? (Video)

In an effort to stop Islamic State from “heroizing” attackers, a number of French newspapers and television channels have ceased printing the pictures, and sometimes even the names, of people who commit terrorist acts.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Pope and French Muslims Try Muslim-Christian Outreach Instead of ‘War on Terror’ Polarization

Pope Francis said four things about Islam in the wake of the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two teenagers of North African heritage in Normandy last Tuesday, and his remarks will be unwelcome to right-wing politicians in Europe and North America.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Troops Foil al-Qaida Riposte in Aleppo as France Warns al-Qaida Could Replace Islamic State

Even as the Syrian army defeated a counteroffensive by al-Qaida in Syria and its battlefield allies in Aleppo, French President Francois Hollande warned that al-Qaida should not be allowed to replace the declining Islamic State in Syria.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE



It Is Time to Notice That Horrible Mass Bombings Are Targeting Muslims

It is necessary to call the brutal actions of mass murderers deviant behavior, not radical Islam.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Attacks on Saudi Arabia Are Aimed at Undermining the Monarchy’s Legitimacy

Saudi Arabia was rocked Monday by three terrorist attacks, presumably the work of Islamic State, that were symbolically orchestrated to cause maximum tension in the kingdom.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



Are Islamic State’s Attacks the Desperation of a Cornered Rat? The Kerry-McCaul Debate (Video)

Everything is so partisan in the U.S. that Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks about Islamic State’s attack on Turkey drew a sharp rebuke from GOP Congressman Mike McCaul, who said it “defies reality.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



The End of the Beginning: The Fall of Islamic State in Fallujah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced on Friday that Iraqi troops had captured the governmental complex in the center of Fallujah.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Fears of Civilian Casualties Slow Baghdad’s Advance on Fallujah (Video)

Estimates of the number of noncombatants trapped in the Iraqi city by Islamic State range from 20,000 to 50,000, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fears they could get caught in the crossfire.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Counterattack in Fallujah: Can Iraqi Forces Maintain Momentum? (Video)

Iraqi troops are advancing on Fallujah despite facing fierce resistance from Islamic State, but fear is mounting about the fate of the tens of thousands of noncombatants inside the city who are caught in the crossfire.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Modern Mongols: Sunni Arabs Outraged at Iran Role in Iraqi Government Fallujah Campaign

Fallujah fell to Islamic State in January of 2014, and I think it is fair to say that there is much more angst in the Sunni Arab world about its liberation at the hands of Iran-backed Shiites than there has been about Islamic State’s brutal occupation of the city.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE


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