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-By Lord Maginnis (Excerpts)- There is no doubt that the Islamic State (ISIL) - the nascent caliphate being set up by ultra-extremist fighters in Syria and Iraq - is a serious threat to all Western democracies and to the peace and stability of the world. All reasonable observers, of all whatever political hue, agree upon this fact. What is nonetheless a matter of dispute is how best to meet that threat. And far too many commentators are already committed to the notion…

Foreign Policy: All the Ayatollah's Men Friday, 19 September 2014 23:45

-Iraq's Shiite militias are becoming as great a danger as the Islamic State. BY PHILLIP SMYTH- Armed men posing with severed heads, massacres of mosque-goers during Friday prayers, massive reliance on transnational jihadists -- these are crimes that are usually associated with the Islamic State (IS). However, they're also the actions of some of Iraq's growing Shiite militia organizations, which are playing an increasingly prominent role in fighting the Sunni jihadists. These groups, many of which have deep ideological and organizational links…
BAGHDAD — Militia justice is simple، the fighters explained. “We break into an area and kill the ones who are threatening people،” said one 18-year-old fighter with Asaib Ahl al-Haq، a Shiite militia that operates as a vigilante force around Baghdad. Another 18-year-old fighter agreed. “We receive orders and carry out attacks immediately،” he said، insisting that their militia commanders had been given authority by Iraqi security officials. That free hand has helped make Asaib Ahl al-Haq the largest and most…
(ROLL CALL) -By Walid Phares- As Iraq teeters on disintegration, some on Capitol Hill are floating the idea of collaborating with Iran in order to defeat the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State (ISIS). But, would this really serve American interests? The suggestion is that the U.S. and Iran both regard ISIS as an enemy, and therefore are potential allies in the fight against it. As dangerous as ISIS is, our would-be partners in Tehran present an even greater…

The enduring short-sightedness of Iraq policies Thursday, 11 September 2014 21:38

(Aljazeera) A narrow focus on the Islamic State group and northern Iraq may lead to disaster - again. -By Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew- With Nouri al-Maliki out as prime minister of Iraq, is the country on the verge of entering into a new era of freedom and stability? Will Haider al-Abbadi truly prove to be the leader of a unity government that reaches out to the Sunnis, Kurds, and others who had been shut out by Maliki's Shia dictatorship? Will the…

US can’t trust Iran as partner in battling ISIS Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:24

-By General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001-Part of President Obama’s solution to the Islamic State should be to “evict” Tehran and its militias from IraqThis week, President Obama announced his strategy for countering the threat of the Islamic State to the stability of the Middle East and, increasingly, to the US homeland. He offered a combination of tactics, including going on the offense to hunt down Islamic State members and assets, as well…
It seems Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird doesn’t subscribe to the old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, at least not when it comes to working with Iran.The issue of western co-operation with Iran has been a hot topic in international circles over the past week following reports that Iranian leader Ayatollah Khameini has suggested a united front against radical jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria.U.S. President Barack Obama will unveil a strategy Wednesday for tackling…

Iraq's Last Chance Saturday, 16 August 2014 21:19

The New York Times - by Ali Khedery - “THE country is in your hands,” whispered Iraq’s president, Fuad Masum, on Aug. 11 as he charged the newly designated prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, with forming a cabinet. “May God help you,” another lawmaker added. Indeed, after last week’s sidelining of the country’s long-serving prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, Mr. Abadi will need all the divine intervention he can get if Iraq is to be spared a descent into all-out civil…

Let Sunnis Defeat Iraq’s Militants Monday, 28 July 2014 21:08

The New York Times By RAFE AL-ESSAWI and ATHEEL al-NUJAIFI  ERBIL, Iraq  -   THE situation in Iraq today is perilous, particularly for Sunni Muslim Arabs. Their prospects for inclusion in Iraq’s government and fair treatment from it have been declining since 2010, when Iraqiyya, the nonsectarian coalition to which we belonged, drew more votes than any other parliamentary bloc but was denied a chance to form a government. We might not have succeeded, but letting us try would have built public trust in…
Col. Wesley Martin Commanding American service personnel during multiple tours of duty in Iraq was one of the greatest honors of my life. Developing an unbreakable bond with the fellow warriors while serving the cause of democracy is an honor. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the results of our risks and sacrifices have been completely undermined. Back in 2005, Ibrahim al-Jafari became the first prime minister of a new, independent and democratic Iraq. He was soon forced out of…
The world may be focused on the terrorist group ISIS, but inside Iraq the group is only one part of a larger revolt that has been years in the making.ISIS is only one small part of a larger Sunni revolt in Iraq that sectarian groups have been preparing for years, according to Iraq’s exiled Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi. And defeating ISIS won’t stop the greater battle.“We shouldn’t look at this development of ISIS as apart from the uprising of the…

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