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By Tallha Abdulrazaq Middle East Monitor - In the darkness of the early hours of this morning, the Adhamiya district in Baghdad blazed brightly in hues of orange and red as it was engulfed in the flames of sectarian saboteurs and terrorists. By the Shia-majority government's own claims, sectarian Shia militias and terrorists led by Shia clerics attacked the Sunni neighbourhood, setting alight homes, businesses, property and local government buildings. Adhamiya is a Sunni district on the eastern bank of…

Iraq Needs ‘Decisive Storm’ Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:57

‘Coalition Take Fight To Iran’ Arab Times/By Jacob Campbell - If Barack Obama has taught the Arab world anything, it is surely that the United States is a weak-willed and perfidious ally. Whether by acceding to Iranian negotiators’ every demand in nuclear talks, or by facilitating the ethnic cleansing of Sunni Arabs by Iranian militias in Iraq, Obama seems hell-bent on making the Islamic Republic, in his own words, “a very successful regional power.” The Gulf states, meanwhile, have been…

Iraqi pipe dreams Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:24

By Struan Stevenson  The Hill - A recent article in the New York Times written by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was breathtaking in its hypocrisy. Addressing the conflict in Yemen he said: “Our plan calls for an immediate cease-fire, humanitarian assistance and facilitation of intra-Yemeni dialogue.” Tehran's conduct, however, flies in the face of such rhetoric. Just this month, an Iranian convoy of ships, suspected of carrying arms bound for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, was forced…
By Diana Moukalled Asharq al-Awsat - When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured Iraq’s second city Mosul in June of 2014, the event brought to the fore the power of the extremist group’s propaganda machine and how it had paved the way for its lightning advance across northern Iraq and its capture of the city, which took place seemingly overnight. One of the most surprising things at the time was the feeble way the Iraqi army had reacted…
Asharq al-Awsat/Opinion: by Abdulrahman al-Rashed - The Iraqis are gearing up for another war against ISIS, the second to occur during the rule of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after he won the battle of Tikrit. Several army forces, security forces and Shiite popular mobilization militias, as well as some Sunni tribes, are gathering to head to Anbar province. There’s more to the battle than Anbar and the battle is not limited to the ISIS as Abadi’s real rival in Baghdad…

Iraq no place for fair reporting? Friday, 01 May 2015 09:55

(Arab News/Opinion by Jamal Doumani) - When a journalist has to hightail it out of a country, where he had filed news reports for well over a decade, for fear of his life, you know there is something wrong with the system in that country, not the journalist.When a country, in other words, threatens to kill a journalist in reprisal for his or her work — reporting the news there “without fear or favor,” as professional journalists are called upon…

Opinion: Abadi and Iran’s Agenda Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:55

Asharq Al-Awsat/By Salman Aldossary - US President Barack Obama’s administration was extremely polite and civil in its response to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, after he claimed that Washington was not in favor of Operation Decisive Storm and considered the Saudis to be uncooperative. This resulted in US National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey emerging to roundly deny Abadi’s characterization of the US position, confirming Washington’s support for Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthis in Yemen. More than this, Baskey confirmed…
The National/Opinion by Michael Young - The behaviour of Shia militias in Iraq, particularly after the recent regaining of Tikrit from ISIL, was a reminder of how Iran has repeatedly used such militias since the 1980s as an instrument to advance its interests in the Middle East. The template was the formation of Hizbollah after Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Since then, the party has been a cornerstone of Iran’s regional agenda, fighting as Tehran’s surrogate on battlefronts, training other militias…
Al-Arabiya/By Abdulrahman al-Rashed - I tried to ignore U.S. President Barack Obama’s interview with the New York Times because I am sure it’s part of his propaganda campaign for the initial deal with Iran. Still, the interview’s impact cannot be ignored. Obama provoked many here in the region, a lot more than he calmed their fears! Thomas Friedman, one of the Times’ most prominent authors and one of the most knowledgeable about the region’s affairs, interviewed the president. Perhaps this was…
Foreign Policy/ By Tirana Hassan - In October, I met dozens of families huddled in the hillsides around Amerli, a town of some 26,000 people 110 miles north of Baghdad. They had sought shelter there, helplessly watching as their homes burned and exploded in the weeks and months after government-backed Shiite militias took control of their villages, after expelling fighters from the Islamic State. What they told me bears striking — and disturbing — similarity to what is happening in Tikrit…
Iran’s Shiite militias aren’t a whole lot better than the Islamic State. Foreign Policy/ By Michael Weiss, Michael Pregent - American warplanes have begun bombing the Islamic State-held Iraqi city of Tikrit in order to bail out the embattled, stalled ground campaign launched by Baghdad and Tehran two weeks ago. This operation, billed as “revenge” for the Islamic State (IS) massacre of 1,700 Shiite soldiers at Camp Speicher last June, was launched without any consultation with Washington and was meant…

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