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Iraq

The rise of the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) took not only the Iraqi government but also much of the world by surprise. Many Iraqi...
Iraq

Stretching for miles along the road between the two Shi‘ite holy cities of Najaf to Karbala are Hosseiniyehs, congregation halls for Shi‘ite commemorations. Normally, they...
Iraq

When U.S. forces first entered Iraq in 2003, Iraqi notables and tribal figures worked to co-opt and play them to their own personal benefit. U.S....
Iraq

For the past year and a half, the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) has dominated local conversation in Iraq. When I travel...
terrorism

The answer to that question is an obvious no, but ask ten Iraqis and at least seven will say the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh)...
Iraq

Veterans Day is meant to honor all who have served. Being out-and-about in Iraq for the past week and not sequestered in the U.S. Embassy...
Iraq

Is the campaign against ISIS going better than commonly imagined? That’s what Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy suggests in this...
Ahmad Chalabi

I was never charmed by Ahmad Chalabi. But that’s only because I never met him. I doubt that I would have resisted his charm and...
Ahmad Chalabi.

Ahmad Chalabi died of a heart attack this morning at his home in Baghdad. Many things are written about Chalabi, few of which are positive...
iraq

Last week, Delta Force staged a raid inside Syria along with Kurdish Peshmerga to free prisoners held by the Islamic State. The operation reportedly freed...
Tony Blair

Tony Blair has reportedly told CNN interviewing Fareed Zakaria that he is “sorry” for the Iraq War decision, and attributes the Islamic State’s spread to...
ISIS in Iraq

I have for a while advocated inserting American tactical air controllers (TACs) into the front lines in Iraq as part of a broader politico-military strategy...