Iraqi Civil War

Iraq’s Political Deadlock: Headed for a Reckoning?

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A nearly year-long political deadlock is posing serious threats to Iraq’s long-term stability.

Iraq: PM Drone Attack Reveals Risk of Political Violence

New M240B machine guns, procured and issued through the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, await Popular Mobilization Program soldiers after a graduation ceremony at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 3, 2015. The Popular Mobilization Program is an Iraqi-led, Operation Inherent Resolve program that trains volunteer tribal forces in leadership, small unit tactics and urban warfare to ultimately serve with Iraqi Security Forces in their battle to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and ensure the safety and security of its citizens. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Baker / released) Unit: 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=IRAQ%20popular%20mobilization%20unit&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:Popular_Mobilization_Program_Graduates_and_Equips_Tribal_Forces_150902-M-VZ998-882.jpg

The message sent by the attack is loud and clear: if certain parties don’t get what they want from the new government, they won’t hesitate to advance their interests through violence.

Closing the Security Vacuum in Northern Iraq

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The costs of discord between Erbil and Baghdad are being laid bare in the chaos of northern Iraq.

Will US Troops End Up Stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan?

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What might seem like an appealing option to US military planners is actually fraught with its own geopolitical perils.

Decision Time Looms for US Troops in Iraq

cc Flickr The U.S. Army, modified, U.S. Army Soldiers from the 20th Engineer Brigade shuttle trucks across the Euphrates River Nov. 16, 2007, in support a combat operation near Baghdad, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Luke Thornberry) www.army.mil, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

There are push and pull factors pointing to a US troop pullout. But a swift destabilization of Iraq may remove the luxury of choice.

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

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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

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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

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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?

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