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Contentions Cementing Iran’s Hold on Iraq Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:33

After the Iran deal was announced, my old boss Leslie Gelb (who is well connected with the Obama administration) confirmed what Michael Doran and I have been writing for a while. “According to top administration officials,” Gelb wrote, “Mr. Obama has always been after something much bigger than capping Iran’s nuclear program, and he got it — the strategic opportunity to begin converting Iran from foe to ‘friend.'”Such naive hopes should have been dashed by the Supreme Leader’s response to…
By: Dr Basheer M. Nafi Nouri Al-MalikiNouri Al-Maliki [file photo]In a weird spectacle that reflects the oddities witnessed by post-occupation Iraq, former Iraqi prime minister and current Vice President Nouri al-Maliki recently took to the podium lecturing about early Islamic history, about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad and about the Koran.Throughout the years of his opposition to the Baath regime, al-Maliki was known to be a man of operations, dubious or otherwise. He was known during the heavy years…
Since ISIS declared the establishment of its caliphate just over a year ago on June 29, 2014, it has seen its territory grow and shrink. According to one estimate, ISIS has lost a quarter of the territory it once controlled in Iraq. While it still controls key cities like Mosul and Ramadi, it has also seen battlefield defeats since its rapid expansion last summer. While progress against ISIS in Iraq can be attributed to many factors, including American airstrikes, the bravery of Kurdish pesh…
By Andrew deGrandpre and Andrew Tilghman   At least 500 U.S. military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were directly linked to Iran and its support for anti-American militants — a newly disclosed statistic that offers grim context for the Obama administration's diplomatic deal with the Iranian regime aimed at curtailing the rogue nation's nuclear ambitions.That figure underscores the controversy surrounding Washington's deal with Tehran, a long-sought goal for the president — but one that is fiercely opposed by many Republicans in…
By Struan Stevenson The Hill - Following the major offensive of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq last year, the country’s key cities fell like dominos, increasing the Jihadist’s control over a vast territory spanning from Syria to Iraq. The magnitude of this catastrophe for Iraq and for the region is mind-boggling. As a direct result of the conflict, three million people have been internally displaced and eight million are now in desperate need of humanitarian support. Mass executions, systematic…
By Owen West The New York Times - LAST week President Obama approved an additional 450 troops to join the roughly 3,000 already in Iraq. Living inside secure bases nicknamed “lily pads,” they will train Iraqi soldiers for a few weeks via lecture and drill instruction. The graduates will then be sent outside the wire to fight the Islamic State. This strategy is no more resolute than a lily pad, and our generals know it. It is tokenism that reflects…
By Hussain Abdul-Hussain NOW. - Abu Jaafar al-Asadi is Iran's rising Shiite star in Iraq and the region, and he is not alone: Iran now runs a dozen Shiite militias in Iraq and has many budding leaders like him Abu Jaafar al-Asadi is a young and rising Shiite star. Leading the charge against the ISIS in Iraq, Asadi is the secretary general of Jund al-Imam and the spokesperson of Popular Mobilization, the coalition of Shiite militias sponsored by the Iraqi Interior Ministry.…
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Asharq al-Awsat - About a year ago, US President Barack Obama attempted to justify Washington’s different approach on the crises in Iraq and Syria. While drones, military consultants, and arms have been sent to Iraq, only humanitarian aid—blankets, medicines, supplies—have been sent to Syria. Back then, Obama said his administration was committed to Iraq’s security because the country has strategic value for the US. Regarding the US position on Syria he said meanwhile that it would remain…
ASHARQ AL-AWSAT/Written by : Tariq Alhomayed- Since the emergence of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), we have heard one refrain of politspeak be repeated at any and every meeting between Arab and Western officials, particularly US officials: “The two sides agreed on the need for coordination in the fight against ISIS,” or something along these lines. This, of course, is all well and good, but what about other terrorist organizations? It is puzzling that there are…

Losing in Iraq Again Saturday, 23 May 2015 08:50

Pentagon spin can’t hide that the U.S. strategy is failing The Wall Street Journal - No matter how much the Pentagon and White House downplay it, the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State on Sunday shows that President Obama’s strategy is failing. The question now is whether Mr. Obama has the political courage to change or watch Iraq descend into more chaos and perhaps a Sunni-Shiite civil war. For now U.S. officials prefer the sunny days school of military analysis.…

The continuous rise of ISIS Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:43

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed Al Arabiya -The capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, Ramadi, has fallen to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), almost a year after the fall of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province. What we are confronting in ISIS is a cancerous state that is expanding and becoming more dangerous in both Iraq and Syria, and threatening Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Ramadi fell due to the same mistakes that led to the fall of Mosul. The entire…

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Exclusive: Biography and record of Hadi Farhan Abdullah al-Ameri

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Iraq: We must stop meddling by Iran and its criminal militias

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