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Islamic State Executes 26 Sunni Tribesmen in Campaign to Take Ramadi

Islamic State (known in Arabic as Daesh) has mounted a major offensive in a bid to take Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar Province in western Iraq.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Dismayed That Iraq’s Shiite Government Hasn’t Armed Sunni Tribes Fighting Islamic State

Members of the al-Anbar provincial council say they have met with American officials who are “disgusted” at the slowness of Baghdad to arm the Sunni Arab tribes fighting Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq: Shiites Paralyzed by Infighting as Islamic State Menaces Baghdad

The pan-Arab London daily al-Sharq al-Awsat [The Middle East] is reporting from a source inside the new Iraqi government that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, now one of three largely symbolic vice presidents, is attempting to undermine his successor, Haider al-Abadi.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Coalition to Fight Islamic State Looks ‘Awful Christian-y’

“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



New Iraqi Government: Less Than Meets the Eye?

The Iraqi parliament finally voted in the government of new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday, in what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a “turning point.”

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Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process

A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, after a massacre of 68 worshippers Friday at a Sunni mosque in mixed Diyala Province.

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What Do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Have in Common With Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans?

If prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi in Iraq is to hope to defeat the so-called Islamic State (actually a kind of mafia made up of serial murderers and marauders), he must find a way to reincorporate Iraq’s Sunni Arabs into the government.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Can Al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Top 10 Mistakes of Former Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (That Ruined His Country)

Did Nouri al-Maliki’s policies help create the country’s current impasse?

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



The New Iraqi Monster America Helped Make

A New York Times article glimpses America’s role in creating the leader of ISIS—the violent Islamic group “redraw[ing] the map of the Middle East”—and confirms the line by English poet W.H. Auden: “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Really Disturbing News Developments From Iraq

Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the “Islamic State.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



The 5 Most Alarming Developments in Iraq

To begin with, airstrikes killed seven and wounded 30 in Mosul on Sunday. But it isn’t clear who was flying the planes.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



In Midst of Tikrit Campaign, al-Maliki Refuses to Step Down

Despite the Iraqi parliament’s failure to reach a quorum on Tuesday, in a clear slap in the face to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other incumbents running for another term, on Friday Mr. al-Maliki insisted that he remains a candidate for a third term as prime minister.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE


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Top 5 Reasons U.S. Aid to ‘Moderate’ Syrian Fighters Is Quixotic

The Obama administration’s fruitless search for effective Sunni “moderate” fighters in Syria continues, with the announcement of a $500 million grant to them for training and weaponry.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE


Iraq That Was and Could Have Been

The British Pathé archive gives us an opportunity to resist historical forgetting and know a modernizing Iraq that was prouder and more self-determined than the hothouse of anxiety and ruin that latter-20th century U.S. aggression made it today.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



It’s the Oil, Stupid!

Sunni insurgents are not only in a struggle against what they see as oppression by a largely Shiite government in Baghdad and its security forces, but also over who will control and benefit from what Nouri al-Maliki—speaking for most of his constituents—told The Wall Street Journal is Iraq’s “national patrimony.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Iraq PM al-Maliki Rejects Government of National Unity as Sunnis Demand He Step Down

Secretary of State John Kerry is an experienced and knowledgeable diplomat, but the difficulty of the situation in the Middle East right now is demonstrated by the repeated reversals he suffered during his trip to the Middle East.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



‘A Third Iraq War?’

The breakdown in Iraq means that “the Middle East map—defined by European powers a century ago—may be redrawn, either de facto or formally,” regional expert Robin Wright writes at The New Yorker. And “globally, the jihadist threat has never been greater.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

The fall of Mosul to the radical, extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a set of historical indictments.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Sunnis Big Losers in Iraq Elections; PM Maliki Has Largest Party

The results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections are in, and everybody lost.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Flaring Violence Kills 130 People in Iraq in Three Days

Gunmen killed an anti-terrorism policeman and his family in Baghdad on Saturday; kidnappers abducted eight policemen on a highway to Jordan and Syria; and attackers shot dead a Sunni cleric in the country’s Shiite-majority south.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE


Holding a Gun, Hezbollah Lends a Hand

Want to know some of the main reasons Hezbollah commands so much respect in Lebanon? “They cover medical bills, offer health insurance, pay school fees and make seed money available for small businesses. They are invisible but omnipresent, providing essential services that the Lebanese government through years of war was incapable of offering.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Teeters Toward Civil War

After insurgents bomb one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Iraq, at least 138 die in reprisal battles —marking the worst Shiite-on-Sunni violence since the outbreak of the Iraq war. University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole calls the day “apocalyptic.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Ascendant After Iraq War

The L.A. Times charts how America’s war in Iraq has made Iran the dominant power in the region, with a stronger nuclear program, strengthened ties to Hamas and a burgeoning core of anti-U.S. Shiites.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Shiites Nominate Jafari as Prime Minister

The largely ineffectual interim leader is now set to take formal control of the country. He is backed by theocratic Shiites in Iran and the rabidly anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr in Iraq. A theocratic state, virulently hostile to U.S. interests? Right now Ahmad Chalabi is almost starting to look good in comparison. | story

Posted on Feb 12, 2006 READ MORE


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Iraqi Voting Tally Deals Deathblow to Neocon Fantasies

The parliamentary results are confirmed: Shiites will dominate both the Sunnis and the Kurds in Iraq. So while the U.S. tries to intimidate Iran over its nukes, Iranian-bred theocratic Shiites—those most hostile to our interests—are in the ascendancy in Iraq. So much for the neocons’ “Field of Dreams” scenario for creating democracy in Iraq: “If you break it, they will come.” | story

  • Also, read Juan Cole on how Bush created a theocracy in Iraq. | column

  • And read Robert Scheer on Iran’s victory in Iraq. | item

Update: A former Pentagon analyst is sentenced to 12 years-plus for leaking confidential documents in an attempt to get the U.S. to take the threat of Iran more seriously. | story
Update No. 2: Iran and Iraq are already linking arms on the construction of electricity facilities.

Posted on Jan 20, 2006 READ MORE


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