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The Islamic State in Iraq and Soft Partition

The Islamic State in Iraq and Soft Partition

Two days ago, I wrote a brief post about an apparent exodus of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) operatives to neighboring Syria – resulting in an abrupt drop in violence in the capital city of Mosul, and a surprising lull across Nineveh province in the northwest part of the country. Today, at least 60 people […]

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Al Qaeda in Iraq… in Syria?

Al Qaeda in Iraq… in Syria?

Interesting news from Iraq… the Christian Science Monitor is reporting that violence has dropped precipitously as al-Qaeda affiliates quit the field to battle President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The effects of egress have been most pronounced in Nineveh Province – the Iraqi governate borders Syria and once served as served as home to as many as […]

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Carnegie Endowment to Host Iraq Forum

Carnegie Endowment to Host Iraq Forum

Mere days after sobering official ceremonies marked the end of the U.S. mission in Iraq, America’s most dubious partner – Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki – charged his Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi with aiding and abetting terrorism and sought to remove his Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh al-Mutlaq from office. In short order, sectarian violence spread […]

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Sen. Rand Paul Moves to Formally End War in Iraq

Sen. Rand Paul Moves to Formally End War in Iraq

So I just received a press release from Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) communications director, Moira Bagley, informing the American public that her boss has introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill to formally end the war in Iraq. According to the release: The war in Iraq cannot be considered definitively concluded if […]

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Lessons Learned in Iraq and the Future of Foreign Policy

Lessons Learned in Iraq and the Future of Foreign Policy

Suffice to say, the Foreign Policy Association’s National Opinion Ballot confirmed an attitude that’s prevalent in the foreign policy community. Key findings suggest that some defense budget cuts are necessary, global financial regulatory regimes are welcome and opposition to military adventurism is robust. Perhaps most importantly, disillusionment with the huge costs and uncertain outcomes of […]

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Soccer and Security Behind the Scenes at the UN

Soccer and Security Behind the Scenes at the UN

Altogether overshadowed by developing Israel-istine histrionics, the president of Iraq, Jalal Talabani, stood before the United Nations General Assembly on Friday to promote his vision for a democratic state anchored in peace and the rule of law. He extolled the need for a harmonious state, irrespective of sectarian, ethnic or factional affiliations. “This is the […]

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Our Fatality Free Month in Iraq

Our Fatality Free Month in Iraq

As if fueled by some cosmic irony to enhance sales of Dick Cheney’s In My Time, we have welcome news from the Near East! For the first time since the former Veep’s “Coalition of the Willing” sand-plowed Saddam’s twisted regime in 2003, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying. […]

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Re-Imagining America’s Security Presence in Iraq

Re-Imagining America’s Security Presence in Iraq

On Tuesday, leaders of Iraq’s major political parties signed an agreement allowing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to negotiate terms of a prolonged US troop presence in Iraq. Although months of debate, discussion and endless deliberation undoubtedly remain before a final pact is reached, “after weeks of wrangling and lots of US pressure [this deal] appears […]

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Iran’s Kurdish Adventure in Context

Iran’s Kurdish Adventure in Context

Recent news reports from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region have depicted a flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty that cost Iran at least six soldiers from the elite Revolutionary Guards, and the death of senior officer in the Qom brigade. It is the latest chapter in a complex, ongoing conflict between the Islamic Republic and the shadowy […]

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Preventing What We Prolong in Iraq

Preventing What We Prolong in Iraq

We’re all very well aware of the political predicament Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is currently facing. In a “damned if does, and damned if he doesn’t” scenario, Iraq’s political boss is stuck between the presumed necessity of US military support to secure his fragile government and the obvious friction a continued troop presence would create […]

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Corruption and Bureaucratic Graft

Corruption and Bureaucratic Graft

The same day Iraq signed a $365 million agreement to install a pipeline network to import 25 million cubic meters of Iranian natural gas a day to the Sadr, al-Quds and South Baghdad power stations in the Iraqi capital, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hinted to aides that he was considering cutting half of his government’s […]

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A little self-promotion…

Recently, the folks over at The American Spectator saw fit to publish a piece I wrote about the political threat posed by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr…

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UPDATE: Iraq Demands Return of Stolen Billions

Iraqi lawmakers are demanding the return of $17 billion they say was stolen during the second Iraq war.

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Move Over Madoff: US Billions Potentially Stolen in Iraq

Move Over Madoff: US Billions Potentially Stolen in Iraq

Reports are swirling that nearly $ 7 billion of Iraq’s oil money, siphoned into the country to rebuild critical infrastructure, may have simply been lifted by some enterprising crooks

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Bowling Green Based Jihadis Stumble into FBI Snare

Bowling Green Based Jihadis Stumble into FBI Snare

Federal officials announced Tuesday that two Iraqi nationals have been arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky on charges that they conspired to provide weapons and money to al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

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About the Author

Reid Smith
Reid Smith

Reid Smith has worked as a research associate specializing on U.S. policy in the Middle East and as a political speechwriter. He is currently a doctoral student and graduate associate with the University of Delaware's Department of Political Science and International Relations. He blogs and writes for The American Spectator.

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