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If Islamic State Had Burned Down Four Churches, It Would Have Been Headline News

Seven Southern black churches burned in the past week, and at least four—possibly six—were victims of arson.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

Posted on Jun 26, 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


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Can Leftist Kurdish Militia Kill Off Islamic State?

The intrepid Liz Sly of The Washington Post gets the story of the attempt of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and their Arab allies, the Euphrates Volcano, to cut Islamic State off and kill it.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE


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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



Iraq’s Horrors by the Numbers: Has Islamic State Killed 50,000 People in One Year?

The Human Rights Commission of Iraq, a body attached to the Iraqi parliament, issued statistics Wednesday on the one-year impact of Islamic State on that country.

Posted on Jun 11, 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



Islamic State Is Making a Fortune Selling Ancient Artifacts

The cultural war being waged by the militant group includes a lucrative trade in antiquities.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE


Who Created ISIS?

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Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Our Gang Problem Is Bigger Than We Think

The word “gang” has often been associated with groups of poor young men of color. But the recent deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, among five largely white motorcycle clubs has drawn attention to the fact that gangs come in a variety of forms and colors. Fraternities, sports fans and even the police and military bear many of the same hallmarks.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

Posted on May 29, 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



Islamic State Blows Up Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Seeking Sectarian Civil War

A suicide bomber with a concealed weapon detonated his payload during Friday prayers at the Ali b. Abi Talib Mosque in Qadif, a suburb of the major Shiite city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Posted on May 27, 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


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Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE



Did the U.S. Really See the Islamic State as a Strategic Ally Against al-Assad in 2012?

The answer, in a word, is “no.” The rumor is just a click-bait story or an unfounded conspiracy theory.

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Beheaded Dozens in Palmyra, but How Strategic Is the City?

Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Chasing Miracles in Iraq

The Islamic State was supposed to be reeling from U.S.-led airstrikes. Yet the group was able to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and is now consolidating control over that strategically important city.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Scheer Article Found Among Reading Materials in Osama bin Laden’s Last Hideout

On Wednesday the White House released a list of English-language documents found among the al-Qaida founder’s belongings in 2011, after U.S. Navy SEALs killed him in a compound in Pakistan, to which he had been traced.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Historic Syrian City of Palmyra Falls to Islamic State

The ancient city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and best-preserved ruins, which now may face destruction at the hand of the extremist group.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen Gather to Retake Ramadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Why Does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away From Islamic State?

Baghdad was shaken by the news that the Iraqi army and police in Ramadi ran away from the advancing forces of the Islamic State group (known also as Daesh).

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ivy Ziedrich, Critic of War and the Bush Family

The University of Nevada college student brought some clarity to politics by challenging presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on who is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: There Will Be No Mideast NATO, but the U.S. Is Committed to the Security of Arab Gulf States

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council came to President Barack Obama in search of a renewed, formalized U.S. commitment to their security. They came away disappointed.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



College Student Tells Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Jeb Bush, in a comment on TV this week, justified his brother’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and suffered heavy political fire as a result. Then, on Wednesday, the presidential hopeful faced his toughest critic yet: a 19-year-old in Nevada.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Airstrike That Killed 52 Civilians Raises Questions About Obama’s Approach to Islamic State

The bombing of civilians actually helps Islamic State’s propaganda enormously. This policy in Syria needs reconsideration.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False

Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE



Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Islamic State’s Conquest of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Challenges Israeli Propaganda

Palestinian women and Christians and male secularists are at special risk in the Yarmouk refugee camp now that Islamic State has taken it over. But had they been living normally in their homes in what is now Israel, with their own state, they would not have been left vulnerable to this fate.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



As Iran Talks Progress, American and Iranian Forces Cooperate in Taking Tikrit (Video)

By now the Iraqi government has a long history of claiming areas are “liberated” when the local picture remained mixed.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia

The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



Yemen Bombing: It’s Not the Islamic State Group, and It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict

The massive twin bombings at mosques in the capital that shook Yemen on Friday, killing over 100 and wounding many more, were immediately claimed by Daesh (the Islamic State group).

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE


State of the Middle East

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Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



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The Israel/Iran Issue Sends a Liberal Zionist off the Deep End

Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming just impossible. And the effort seems to have driven New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman bonkers.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



Could the Sunni-Shiite Rift Make Tikrit a Pyrrhic Victory?

The foremost Sunni Muslim seat of learning, al-Azhar University in Cairo, has stirred controversy by issuing a considered legal opinion condemning the Shiite militias or “Popular Mobilization Forces” that are now fighting alongside the Iraq army to take Tikrit back from the Islamic State group.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE


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