21 August 2017
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Now that Iraqi forces, with the support of the international coalition, are gearing up to recapture Mosul — ISIS’s last major stronghold in Iraq — the question that looms high is what will be the fate of the Iraqi Sunni community following ISIS’s inevitable defeat? I maintain that unless the political discussion begins now between the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government and the Sunnis (under the auspices of the US) to determine the fate of the Sunni community, defeating ISIS alone will not end the ongoing…
If the next president decides that a relatively peaceful, prosperous and democratic Iraq is important, then there are two critical lessons to be gained from the Obama presidency. First, even after the defeat of the Islamic State group, peace will be fragile in Iraq. The country will require strong diplomatic and financial support. Therefore, if the next president bows to domestic political pressure and abandons Iraq again, the situation will rapidly deteriorate. Second, the best efforts of the U.S. government…
Baghdad – The controversial “popular mobilization” militias would soon become a military body that would be equal to Iraq’s official forces in terms of capacity and arming, following the footsteps of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which was formed in a similar manner. An official document signed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi revealed the planned process of converting the militias to a military party equal to counter-terrorism apparatus, including a number of units and fighters subject to direct approval…
NAJAF, Iraq — Iraq’s Shiites are witnessing a political-religious rift in their stance toward Iran whose development can be traced back to 2003. While some express complete loyalty to the Shiite political regime in Tehran, others object to its regional policies, including toward Iraq, and distance from it. In one example, the predominantly Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) held a military parade July 1 in Basra. They destroyed US and Israeli flags and burned photos of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. The march sparked criticism and anger…
Baghdad-Amid high temperature reaching 47 degrees Celsius, thousands of protestors accompanied by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gathered in Tahrir Square. Sadr did not deliver the speech himself despite his presence among the protestors. Protestors called on an end to corruption and the unity among Shi’ite and Sunni Iraqis. They chanted “No, no to corruption. No, no to sectarianism. Yes, yes to reform. Yes, yes to Iraq”. Demands included dismissing all corrupt individuals and submitting them to a fair trial as…

Saudi-Iranian Struggle in Iraq Tuesday, 12 July 2016 11:55

What is happening nowadays in Iraq and Syria is due to decades of conflict between two major axes, Iran and the Arab group. It began with the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued with threats to change regimes of regional countries by force under the title of exporting Islamic revolution, followed by the Iran-Iraq war that lasted eight years. The war eased for only two years then Iraq invaded Kuwait, triggering international intervention that led to the emergence of al-Qaeda and…

IRAQ-FALLUJAH: THE COLLAPSING CALIPHATE Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:14

The barbaric jihadist terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) will finally be driven out of Fallujah centre this week, although it still occupies at least half of the city. Daesh has held Fallujah, 40 miles from Baghdad, for more than two years, consolidating its position and surrounding the ancient Iraqi city with minefields and IEDs. But after four weeks of vicious fighting, Shi’ia militias and units of the Iraqi army, aided by US coalition airstrikes, are trying to clear out the rest…

Get ready for another Iraq War Saturday, 25 June 2016 11:48

Losing a friend in war is always hard. Losing a friend to a battle we already fought and won is worse. That’s how my close friend Lt. Col. Ehab Hashem Moshen was killed recently by the Islamic State near Fallujah — refighting a battle in Iraq that the Marine Corps fought a decade ago. The Marines won that fight. The problem is that the Obama administration didn’t follow through on a political plan to maintain the peace. In April, I visited…
Men who flee the ISIL-held city are often abused, or killed, by armed groups bent on revenge. By Salam Khoder Amiriyat al-Fallujah, Iraq - As the Iraqi armed forces and allied militias continue their battle to take Fallujah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), a growing number of civilians have said that they were tortured after escaping the besieged city. In one tent in the Amiriyat al-Fallujah camp, which is hosting displaced…
BAGHDAD — American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa, but in Iraq it is an entirely different story: Iran, not the United States, has become the face of an operation to retake the jihadist stronghold of Falluja from the militant group. On the outskirts of Falluja, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, police officers and Shiite militiamen backed by Iran are preparing for an assault…
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable." His comments come as thousands of Iraqi Shiite militiamen, soldiers and police, backed by Iran, surround the Sunni city of Fallujah ahead of an operation to retake it from the Islamic State group. Iran says its military advisers in Iraq are there at Baghdad's request to help Iraqi forces fight militants. It has repeatedly…

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