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Iraq

A Boring Bourne? Immaterial Life in the Emerald City

I’d direct you all to read my fellow FPA blogger and global film critic, Sean Patrick Murphy, as he takes on the Iraqi war flick The Green Zone, based on Ray Chandresekaran’s excellent Imperial Life in the Emerald City. http://globalfilm.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/07/27/green-zone-2010/ Have a look before you catch it on the small-screen. Sounds like you might be better off […]

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First the Power…then the Water…now the Soccer? Political Gridlock Threatens Iraqi Football.

First the Power…then the Water…now the Soccer? Political Gridlock Threatens Iraqi Football.

Nearly five months after national elections were held, Iraq is still without a government. Now, they may be without a football team.

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Intermezzo…A Brief Aside to the Music of Iraq

Intermezzo…A Brief Aside to the Music of Iraq

To preface today’s post, I’ll be honest…there haven’t been a lot of “glass-is-half-full” stories coming out of Iraq, recently. Between the political impasse, and the precipitous rise in sectarian violence, it seems like forever since there’s been a plain-old feel good story to put the focus back on the good and decent Iraqi people who […]

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Iraqi Political Crisis: Day 134

Iraqi Political Crisis: Day 134

Although there are hopeful signs that coalition talks between Iraq’s two major Shi’a blocs, the question of leadership remains squarely focused on Prime Minister’s Nouri al Maliki’s incumbency…

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Flying the Friendlier Skies: Saudi Flight Lands in Iraq after 20 Years

Flying the Friendlier Skies: Saudi Flight Lands in Iraq after 20 Years

Although the news is yet to hit the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation’s state-of-the-art  website, Ayad Katheer Raheem, director-general of the Iraq’s aviation department, said Tuesday that Saudi Arabian Airlines tapped privately-owned Al-Wafeer Airlines to run daily flights between the two Arab nations.     Saleh A. Bogary, Alwafeer Air’s marketing director , confirmed the news, […]

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More Violence as America Draws Down

More Violence as America Draws Down

The New York Times is reporting General Odierno said Tuesday that he anticipates an uptick in violence against US troops as they begin to depart the country. Intelligence reports have suggested that Iranian-backed Shi’a militias plan to turn up the heat against American soldiers to lay stake to claims that they’ve driven off occupying forces. […]

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Sadly, Another Day, Another Deadly Bombing in Iraq

Sadly, Another Day, Another Deadly Bombing in Iraq

Sectarian conflict bloodies 12 more on final day of Shi’a pilgrimage.

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Moving in the Right Direction

Moving in the Right Direction

On September 1, the US mission will get a new name: “Operation Iraqi Freedom” will be reconstituted as “Operation New Dawn” as America’s involvement trends further away from combat duties. Let’s hope Biden’s trip marks the first crack of daybreak.

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Vice President Biden Drops by Baghdad

Vice President Biden Drops by Baghdad

The the Veep made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday in the midst of a political impasse that’s been stacked up Iraq’s national parliamentary election four months ago.

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Political Assassinations Further Turmoil in Iraq

Deadlocked efforts to resolve Iraq’s governing crisis nearly four months after parliamentary elections failed to produce decisive results, are at the heart of this current wave of political violence.

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Tensions Rise amid Power Failures

An early summer heat-wave has scorched the Gulf with record temperatures and terminal power-outages are leaving few Iraqis with any way to beat the heat, but plenty to complain about.

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Political Deadlock Furthers Instability

Three months after international observers hailed Iraq’s parliamentary elections as a resounding success for sovereignty and civil society, the nation’s fragile democracy is suffering a withering swell of political violence.

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In the News

Here is a brief look at the stories making headlines this week: Iraq vote winner asserts right to form government [AP] The leader of the top vote-getting coalition in Iraq’s inconclusive March 7 elections insisted his bloc still has the right to form the next government despite an alliance forged this week between two rival […]

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Iyad Allawi's Bloc Comes Out On Top

Iyad Allawi's Bloc Comes Out On Top

Iyad Allawi Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s bloc has won the most seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, which took place earlier this month on March 7th. According to a briefing by the BBC, Allawi’is coalition won two seats more than that of incumbent PM Nouri Maliki, making the race extremely tight at 89:91 seats. […]

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Indie Film, Baghdad Style

Indie Film, Baghdad Style

Fellow FPA Blogger Sean Patrick Murphy recently drew my attention to an upcoming project by British-Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla, which I thought readers of this blog would also find interesting. Murphy profiles Abdalla, who is best known for what some have to referred to as his ‘war on terror’ trilogy. In the past, Abdalla has […]

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