Iraqi Civil War

Corruption and Sectarianism Sinking PM Hopefuls in Iraq

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The old guard has yet to moot a palatable candidate for the young Iraqis demanding change.

Iraq Protests in Recent Historical Perspective

cc Hassan Majed, modified, CC 4.0,,_Iraqi_protests_2019.jpg

The seeds of the current crisis were planted during the demise of the Hussein regime.

As Islamic State Retreats, the Battle to Rebuild Is Only Beginning

The ruins of Raqqa, cc VOA, modified, Mahmoud Bali ,

Large swathes of Iraq and Syria remain utterly devastated by the war with Islamic State.

Muqtada al-Sadr Closes in on Surprise Win in Iraq Elections

Iraqelection, cc Flickr Al Jazeera English, modified,

The avowed foe of both the United States and Iran has seized on popular grievances to win last week’s election, but forming a government won’t be easy.

Egypt’s Samir Al Ghatas on the Nature of Terrorism

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Is terrorism fueled by economic, social, religious, or psychological factors?

Global Forecast (03-29-2018)


Frantic US-China trade talks get underway, Turkey eyes Iraq’s Sinjar region, and Russian diplomats are expelled throughout the Western world.

Pressured from All Sides, Will Iraqi Kurdistan Back Down?

Barzani, cc Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Wikicommons

The blowback against Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum was swift as it was fierce, with every neighboring state piling pressure on Irbil to back down.

Historical Holocaust: Daesh’s Lasting Legacy

Palmyra, cc Flickr Alper Çuğun, modified,

Daesh’s wanton destruction of cultural relics helped fray the national fabric of countries like Syria and Iraq. It’s now up to the international community to help mend them.

Kurdish Independence: The Next Phase of the Iraq Civil War?

Kurdishflag, cc Flickr Kurdishstruggle, modified,

With the oil-rich city of Kirkuk under its control, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan is moving toward formal independence from Iraq.

Global Forecast (05-12-17)


Good news from Mosul, bad news from Afghanistan, and President Trump angers Turkey by arming Syria’s Kurds.

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