What might seem like an appealing option to US military planners is actually fraught with its own geopolitical perils.
The old guard has yet to moot a palatable candidate for the young Iraqis demanding change.
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.
Frantic US-China trade talks get underway, Turkey eyes Iraq’s Sinjar region, and Russian diplomats are expelled throughout the Western world.
Russia wants to protect its economic interests in Iraqi Kurdistan, but not at the cost of disrupting other key alliances in the MENA region.
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.
With the oil-rich city of Kirkuk under its control, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan is moving toward formal independence from Iraq.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched an assault on the last major urban holding of Islamic State in Iraq.
FARC peace deal suffers a shock defeat at the ballot box, Kunduz under siege again, and the Iraqi government prepares to attack Mosul.
After years of preparation, the third battle of Fallujah has begun, and this time it’s the Iraqi armed forces doing the fighting.