Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfers

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Posted Amnesty International May 24, 2017. The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tam Hussein, Joshua Landis blog. Posted by Tam Hussein on Friday, April 14th, 2017 @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The…

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The Genealogy of Daesh-ISIS

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. Even though the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or Da’esh) emerged in Syria in 2013, its structure can be traced back to…

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How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor. Some factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are less than satisfied with the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington on March 19-23,…

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Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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Iraq and beyond: hidden, secret wars from air, land and drone

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paul Rogers. This report first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017 The west’s military focus has shifted towards covert use of special forces. Both the human…

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Will the re-launch of the Mosul battle by the Iraqi PM reverse Trump’s hostile stance?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Zaid Alisa, Open Democracy. This article first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017. The highly unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections sent…

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The Arab ruling classes in the 1970s – Mohammad Ja’far

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mohammad Ja’far, Libcom.org. Text of a talk by Mohammed Ja’far on the development of the Arab ruling classes during the 1960s and 1970s, their integration into the world…

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Who supplies the news? Patrick Cockburn on misreporting in Syria and Iraq

Monday, January 30, 2017

Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books. The nadir of Western media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Syria has been the reporting of the siege of East…

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Russia Is Not Iraq (and Neither Was Syria)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Charles Davis, Pulse. With right-wing authoritarians ruling in Moscow and Washington, leftists should find it easy to oppose these evil empires — but some, poisoned by pre-election contrarianism,…

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Between Iraq’s colonialist and Islamist quagmire a ‘third way’ is hard but possible

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ardeshir Mehrdad. This article first appeared in iran-bulltin-Middle East Forum in November 2004. Despite its age, the arguments laid out are equally valid to day in the context…

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Syria: understanding the anti-war position

Saturday, November 19, 2016

David Bush, Counterfire. However confusing the situation in Syria, the anti-war movement provides political clarity, argues David Bush in his latest online post. There is major disorientation on…

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Aleppo, Mosul and Imperialist Hypocrisy

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Alan Woods, In Defence of Marxism. The saying goes that there are lies, damned lies and statistics. To this list we must add diplomacy, which is lying raised…

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Iraq: Mosul offensive poses new questions amid Western hypocrisy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tony Iltis, Green Left. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an assault to recapture Mosul, the most important Iraqi city held by ISIS, on October…

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Green Gold: How ISIS Is making as much money from wheat as from oil

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Annia Ciezadlo, Souciant. As ISIS comes under increased attack in some of the region’s most fertile lands, Middle East agriculture researcher Eckart Woertz discusses how the militant group…

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Islamic State v al-Qaida: Book review

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Owen Bennet-Jones, London Review of Books. Isis: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges Princeton; Isis: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, Regan Arts;…

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The ‘War’ against Islamic State: A Military Strategy Doomed to Political Failure

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Joseph Daher, New Politics. The last terrible terrorist attack by the so-called “Islamic State” (also known as Daech) killed at least 300 people in Baghdad’s central shopping district…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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First ISIS, then Iran: Kurdish-Iranian leader has eyes on Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kim Dean, Middle East Eye. Erbil, Iraq – A small range of hills outside of Kirkuk has been the frontline with the Islamic State since the group fled…

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Proxies and politics: Why Iran funds foreign militias

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Karim El-Bar, Middle East Eye. In wake of Arab Spring, Iran’s backing of foreign militias has drawn much attention. Why is this support so central to Iranian foreign…

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Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

International Crisis Group, Jadalyya. Beset by political dysfunction, endemic corruption and a jihadist threat, Iraq is squandering its greatest asset: its youth. By failing to provide a vision…

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Leila Khaled on ISIS and Islamism, Syria and the Palestinians

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Defend Democracy Press. ISIS is a criminal organization which was created, and is used, by the USA. As for Syria, it was not only the intervention…

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Chaos and Caliphate: the Struggle for the Middle East. Book Review

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sean Ledwith, Counterfire. Recent events in both North America and the Middle East have illustrated how the chilling potency of the Islamic State group is far from exhausted….

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Book Review: women fight the Islamic state

Monday, August 29, 2016

Janet Biehl, Roar. A Road Unforseen: Women fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax. Second Wave feminism, once it erupted in the late 1960s, called out misogyny where…

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How the Iraq war was sold in the US: propaganda war

Monday, July 11, 2016

Jeffrey St Clair Counter Punch The war on Iraq won’t be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold. It was a…

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Behind Terror and Anti-Terror

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press Stop discussing about the roots of terrorism, stop debating our policies in the Middle East (and all the Third World, but those are…

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Iraq’s forgotten uprising

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Qunfuz A great deal has been written on the factors behind the rise of ISIS, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria. Too much of the commentary…

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Wake Up and Smell the Oil

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Eddie J. Girdner Monthly Review Book review: Greg Muttitt, Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq. Greg Muttitt quotes an Iraqi friend who pointed out…

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America’s War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Andrew Bacevich Democracy Now When will the United States realize a military victory is impossible in the Middle East? Military historian Andrew Bacevich asks this question in his…

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Poor Shiites invade Iraqi Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Juan Cole Informed Comment Baghdad is under a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the…

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