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Iraqi lawyer calls for establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel

Iraqi lawyer calls for establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel

  In an exclusive interview, Iraqi lawyer Ammar Al Hamadani stated: “I love and support the State of Israel as well as the Jewish people across the world. I congratulate both the American and Israeli governments for transferring the US Embassy to Israel’s eternal capital city of Jerusalem. In addition, ...

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Special report: The impact of Iraq’s 2018 parliamentary elections

Special report: The impact of Iraq’s 2018 parliamentary elections

On 12 May, Iraqis head to the polls to choose their representatives for Parliament. In an environment influenced by the four-year conflict with the Islamic State (ISIS) and the fragmentation of politics, these elections are a critical test. The context Although most of the territories lost to ISIS have been recaptured, ...

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Iraq’s Lost Generation: Indoctrinated to Hate

Iraq’s Lost Generation: Indoctrinated to Hate

While ISIS has been uprooted from most of Iraq, years of bitter struggles and wars have deprived an entire generation in Iraq.

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Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi leader Mirza Ismail describes how the situation is extremely dire for women and children on Mount Sinjar while the international community and media outlets ignore it.

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FALLUJAH REDUX: A Candid Discussion with Dr. Dan Green and Brig. Gen. William Mullen III

FALLUJAH REDUX: A Candid Discussion with Dr. Dan Green and Brig. Gen. William Mullen III

Paul Nash of the Foreign Policy Association spoke with Dr. Green and Brigadier General Mullen about the current situation in Fallujah and their experience in countering the city’s insurgency nearly eight years ago.

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A Lesson in Alternative History from Tony Blair

A Lesson in Alternative History from Tony Blair

Although Tony Blair has “long since given up trying to persuade people [that the Iraq War] was the right decision,” he has found a convenient new way to justify it in time for the 10th anniversary of the invasion. According to Blair, since Saddam Hussein was “20 times worse” ...

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Iraq, Arms, and Oil

Iraq, Arms, and Oil

Back in the swing of things. “Iraq could overtake Russia as the world’s second-largest oil supplier behind Saudi Arabia by the 2030s, nearly tripling its current output, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.” (h/t The LA Times) “Iraq has signed contracts to buy Russian arms ...

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Don’t Forget About Iraq

Don’t Forget About Iraq

An Emerging Power? The Council on Foreign Relations recently published an interesting memorandum titled “Renewed Violence in Iraq.” The contingency report, authored by Douglas Ollivant of the New America Foundation, offers suggestions as to how the U.S. can help the Iraqi government cope with myriad internal security threats. Ollivant begins by identifying ...

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Al Qaeda in Iraq Threatens America

Al Qaeda in Iraq Threatens America

“You will soon witness how attacks will resound in the heart of your land, because our war with you has now started…“ – Abu Bakr Baghdadi Presaging the latest wave of violence in Iraq, al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) released a recorded message, heralding the start of Ramadan. The speaker, believed to ...

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Iraqi Oil Production Outpaces Iran’s

Iraqi Oil Production Outpaces Iran’s

Although American statesmen and Republican politicians of the Bush era hate to admit it, one of the foundational aims of the war in Iraq – the creation of a liberal democracy – guaranteed an increase in Iranian influence both within Iraq and across the region. The politics of Shi’a majority ...

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America’s Troubling Intervention Instinct

America’s Troubling Intervention Instinct

Way back in February I expanded on a report in the Christian Science Monitor that suggested al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) had set up shop against the Assad regime, in Syria. Writing both here and for The American Spectator, I joined the chorus of analysts, academics and pundits who urged caution against arming Syrian rebels ...

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Awakening Unrest at Askariya

Awakening Unrest at Askariya

  The past weeks in Iraq have been marked by an alarming uptick in violence. A recent CNN tally suggested at least 180 people were killed during the month of June – most of them victims of frequent bombings and small arms attacks. Umpteen explosions in Baghdad, and high-profile assaults against ...

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Imam Sheds Light on Iraq…Past and Present

Imam Sheds Light on Iraq…Past and Present

Early Wednesday morning, nearly seventy people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a flurry of road-side bombings targeted against Shi’a pilgrims. A redoubtable Sunni insurgency launched the coordinated wave of attacks as tens of thousands of their countrymen participated in a religious festival marking the anniversary ...

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Fractional Frictions Grip Iraq

Fractional Frictions Grip Iraq

Over at the Huffington Post (via AP), Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Brian Murphy raise an interesting point regarding the political crisis currently gripping Iraq’s fragile parliamentary patchwork. They note leadership in Iran is desperately clinging to their power proxy in Baghdad – Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, and his factional allies in ...

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Baghdad Set to Host Next Round of Talks on Iran

Baghdad Set to Host Next Round of Talks on Iran

Today, Iran and the 5+1 group of permanent UN Security Council members (plus Germany) will sit down in Baghdad to discuss the terms of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Danaiifar, explained that merely hosting the talks demonstrated a historic chapter in the history of Iraq. But what does ...

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