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Bush and Cheney’s Final Failure: Many in Iraq Seek an Alliance With Russia (Video)

The Iraqi government in Baghdad, threatened by Islamic State and frustrated by the Obama administration’s foot-dragging in taking it on, seems increasingly tempted by a Russian alliance.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire

The idea that the United States was an empire did not occur to me until after I finished my work as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in the Second World War and came home.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Government’s Bid to Train Overseas Security Forces Has Basically Been a Wash

When asking an expert how the U.S. government’s very expensive and time-consuming push to train security forces in other countries has fared, the last thing that government would want to hear is this kind of description: “Our track record at building security forces over the past 15 years is miserable.”

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our ‘Proliferated’ World

Kissinger’s policies toward Iran and Saudi Arabia accelerated radicalization in the region, laying the groundwork, step by catastrophic step, for the region’s spiraling crises of the present moment.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn to Apologize for Labour Party’s Role in Iraq War

Corbyn, a leading member of the Stop the War coalition and vociferous opponent of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to drag the U.K. into the Iraq War, is expected to say that Labour will “never make the same mistake again.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.

Central to our policy in Afghanistan—a country ravaged and warped by the longest war the U.S. has ever waged—is keeping the warlords as our friends. Americans are ordered to look the other way when these drug-dealing criminals sexually abuse small boys.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

What It Means to Be a Socialist

To be a socialist is to stand for the next generation and against the destructive forces of corporations and the military. If we do not move toward life, society will fall and take everyone with it.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Americans and the Needs of Strangers

Of course we should do more for our own citizens who need a hand. But our failure to help some who are in need should never be an excuse for refusing to help those facing genuine catastrophe.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Intel Chief Admits Iraq and Syria May Not Survive as States (Video)

Public remarks by the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and by CIA Director John Brennan suggest that Washington may be starting to accept the possibility of a breakup of both Syria and Iraq. But that’s not necessarily how things will turn out.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

As Many Governments Flail, Ordinary Europeans Are Making Extraordinary Gestures to Help Refugees

Immersed in the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union cannot get it together. But ordinary Europeans are doing amazing things.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Midcentury U.S. Germ Warfare ‘Cover-Up’ Underscores Official Duplicitousness

In the face of ongoing public ignorance of research that appears to show that the U.S. military dropped fleas with bubonic plague on North Korea and China six decades ago, author and journalist David Swanson sees an urgent need to oppose U.S. militarism.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power is collapsing. If we do not quickly dismantle the structures of neoliberalism and global capitalism, we will be swept away in the coming upheavals.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Youth Revolts Are Back: Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption

The master narrative of much Western journalism is that the youth protests of 2011 have been replaced by civil war and terrorism. But while there is plenty of both in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, in fact here and there in the region youth protests have popped up from time to time—in Turkey, Yemen and now Beirut and Baghdad—and shaken up politics.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Playing the Long Game on Iran

If the Iran nuclear deal attains legitimacy, much of the neoconservatives’ power will slip through their fingers as the imperialist idealism that drives their ventures from day to day will be cheated of the enemy it cannot live without. 

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad (Video)

In principle, the idea of streamlining the Iraqi government and making it more efficient is a capital one. But the reforms being pursued by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi have to raise some questions about the direction the country is taking.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Partitioning Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

I think the remarks of outgoing U.S. Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno on the possible partition of Iraq have been reported in a sensationalist way. Still, he did get drawn into speculating about the partition, which was probably unwise.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Bet

Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Donald Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Another Bush Legacy in Iraq: Barzani Asks PKK to Leave (Video)

On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province using a tractor laden with explosives.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Thousands in Baghdad Protest Lack of Electricity and Services, Demand End of Corruption (Video)

It seems extraordinary, but in a country where Islamic State has advanced to within an hour’s drive of the capital, civil politics there have not been paralyzed.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

This week marks the anniversary of a U.S. attack that deliberately took the lives of thousands of children on their way to school.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

Turkey Ends Two-Year Cease-Fire With Attacks on Kurdish Militant Camps in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s air force is attacking Islamic State targets in Syria and Kurdistan Worker’s Party militants in northern Iraq, according to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Deal: Why Should We Heed the Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

What everyone should remember about the agreement’s most prominent foes is something they will never mention: their own shameful record in promoting our very worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Says U.S. Won’t Send Any More Troops to Fight Islamic State but Will Increase Training

After a briefing at the Pentagon on the fight against Islamic State (also known as Daesh), the president acknowledged Monday that the training of Iraqi troops has been going much slower than expected.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Readies for a Possible Game Change After the Nuclear Talks

Iran’s approach to negotiating with the United States and five other international parties currently displaying a keen interest in how Tehran conducts its nuclear program isn’t informed only by concerns about the future of that program in and of itself.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq

It’s the American Way to believe with all our hearts that every problem is ours to solve and every problem must have a solution, which simply must be found. As a result, the indispensable nation faces a new round of calls for ideas on what “we” should do next in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

NATO Will Return to Iraq

Four years after leaving, the U.S.-led western military alliance is planning to renew operations in the country by training officers to help fight Islamic State.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

The policy of giving Iraqis American-made weapons to destroy American-made military vehicles previously provided to them illustrates Washington’s larger madness in microcosm.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Deepens Its Roots by Offering Important Services

By providing key services such as infrastructure and transportation, the militant group has been able to tighten its grip on communities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq Sequel

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Iraqi Forces

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE

Who Controls Iraq: President Obama or Islamic State?

Don’t feel bad if you’re confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn’t seem to know, either—or else he won’t say.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

Modest Increase in Iraq Training Mission Shows Obama’s Still Uninterested, and Maybe He’s Right

The Obama administration got itself some headlines on Wednesday morning by pledging to send a few hundred more military trainers to Iraq and to create a new base in al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Can Jeb Bush Be His ‘Own Man’?

A few months into the presidential race, Bush has not been able to turn “contender” into “front-runner,” in part because he cannot seem to escape the legacy of the same last name that provides him so many privileges.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE

Shiite Militias Change Ramadi Campaign Name to ‘I’m Here, O Iraq’ After Pentagon Criticism

Shiite militias in Iraq have changed the name of their current campaign to take Ramadi from Islamic State from “I am here, O Husayn” to “I am here, O Iraq,” since the former could have been interpreted as a sign of sectarianism.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

Shiite Militias Announce ‘Here I Am, O Husayn’ Campaign for Sunni Ramadi

Shiite militias in Iraq, joined by some Sunni tribal levies, on Tuesday reached a university campus just to the southwest of Ramadi in what is called a “shaping operation” intended to set the stage for an all-out assault.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

Is It the U.S. That Isn’t Stepping Up to Fight Islamic State?

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

AP / Jason Redmond

Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

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