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Defining Irony: Iraq Set to Take the Helm of the Arab League

In an unintended twist of fate, Libya’s expulsion from the Arab League has left the fragile state of Iraq at the helm of the Arab League. It remains to be seen whether they’ll be ready to lead.

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Lessons Learned Eight Years In…

Eight years and one day ago, the United States government disregarded international law and began the invasion of Iraq with a staggering display of “shock and awe.” On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council approved the use of force in Libya, including “all necessary measures…to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack.” […]

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Libya's Iraqi Lesson? Or, "Why I Can't Stand Charles Krauthammer"

There’s currently a spirited debate shaping up on the Washington Post’s Post Partisan blog between heavy-weight commentators Charles Krauthammer and Anne Appelbaum. Their discussion sheds light on a provocative contention some conservatives are now promoting; namely, that the Bush Doctrine set precedent for the Middle East’s demand for democracy.

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The Battle of the Budget and State's White Knight

As Congress hammers out budget cuts, Robert Gates, warned a Senate committee the mission in Iraq (and the “gains” we have made) will be critically threatened if State doesn’t get the money it has requested to fund its mission.

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"It's Not My Fault": Rumsfeld Offers Bizarre Context To Iraq's Security Gains

"It's Not My Fault": Rumsfeld Offers Bizarre Context To Iraq's Security Gains

In the spirit of self-reflection on mistakes made during the Iraq War, former Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld is busily promoting his 800 page new memoir, “Known and Unknown,” while defending the Bush administration’s most critical decisions. Appearing on the public circuit for the first time since stepping down in 2006, Rumsfeld has stated that none of the top officials lied about weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for the war.

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Iran Returns Remains of Slain Iraqi Soldiers

Iran Returns Remains of Slain Iraqi Soldiers

In a somber illustration of the ever warming ties between Baghdad and Tehran, Iraqi security forces carried the remains of 38 dead Iraqi soldiers across the border crossing between Iraq and Iran in al-Shalamjah, Iraq, on Tuesday.

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In Iraq, a Slow and Subtle Response to Arab Unrest

I admire the patience and perseverance of the Iraqi people, but I must wonder how long until they join their fellow Arabs in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia to say “Kifaya!”

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Iraq's Silver Lining on the Soccer Pitch

Iraq's Silver Lining on the Soccer Pitch

Given the sad state of affairs, I often feel that it’s my responsibility to locate some silver lining that threads through the Iraqi experience. Now, in the midst of crisis, concern and carnage, Iraq’s national soccer team is making another run at the Asia Cup.

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(Nearly) Live from Sadr's Speech

Today, speaking from a podium outside a compound that once was once home to his father, the grand ayatollah who had sacrificed his life defying Saddam Hussein’s brutal dictatorship, Muqtada al-Sadr addressed thousands of loyal followers for the first time since he left Iraq in exile in 2007.

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Sadr's City

Sadr's City

Feared, reviled and revered, Sadr has officially staked his claim to his personal legacy and his nation’s future.

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Radical Shi'a Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Returns to Iraq

In a developing story, Reuters is reporting that firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has returned to Iraq after years of self-imposed exile in Iran. The radical nationalist visited the holy city of Najaf where his father is buried. The source said Sadr had left Iraq at the end of 2006.  Sadr, whose Mehdi Army fought U.S. troops after […]

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Iraq in Verses: The Poetry of War and Hope

In an effort to preserve a nation’s humanity after decades of dictatorship and war and in a modest tribute to the enduring spirit of the Iraqi people, I have decided to ring in the New Year with a brief study of the unique and compelling poetry of Iraq.

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Iraq: 2010 in Review

Iraq: 2010 in Review

By this time next year, the United States should have withdrawn all of its troops from Iraq. We can hope that this long, bloody chapter in American military history may be at an end.

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Ave Erbil-ia! Recognition of Oil Contracts makes for a Merry Xmas in Kurdistan!

Ave Erbil-ia! Recognition of Oil Contracts makes for a Merry Xmas in Kurdistan!

On Saturday, Iraq’s new oil minister, Abdul Kareem Luaibi, announced that Iraq will recognize an array of oil deals signed by the Kurds in northern Iraq. Luaibi, who has been at the head of negotiations with the Kurdistan Regional Government also said in his statement that dialog “with our Kurdish brothers will continue in order to reach a resolution […]

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A Holy Night Goes Silent: Iraq's Christian Community Cancels Christmas

A Holy Night Goes Silent: Iraq's Christian Community Cancels Christmas

Sadly, Santa may not make it to Iraq this year. Nor will Iraq’s Christian community enjoy festive decorations, or the tradition of midnight Mass. Any and all public displays of the holiday have been scratched  following Christian leadership’s decision to cancel Christmas celebrations. New al Qaeda threats directed at the tiny community, left reeling by a bloody siege on […]

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