Category: Iraq

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Patrick Cockburn: Why join Islamic State?

On 16 June, Kurdish militiamen, with the support of US airstrikes, captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, a major crossing point on the Syrian-Turkish border

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Peter Van Buren: Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq

When at First You Don’t Succeed, Fail, Fail Again

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Gareth Porter: Why the US Military Opposed New Combat Roles in Iraq

The resistance of top US military officials to deepening US military involvement in the war against ISIS came in the wake of a major policy debate within the Obama administration

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Patrick Cockburn: Why join Islamic State?

Despite the PYD’s insistence that it is more than just a Kurdish nationalist party, sectarian and ethnic loyalties are at the heart of the multi-layered civil wars convulsing Syria and Iraq

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Andrew J. Bacevich: Washington in Wonderland

Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

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Phyllis Bennis: Obama in Iraq: New Strategy, Old Mistakes

As the war escalates, Congress is largely sitting on the sidelines

Seamus Milne: How the US Fuelled the Rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The US and western habit of playing with jihadi groups, which then come back to bite them, goes back at least to the 1980s war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which fostered the original al-Qaida under CIA tutelage

Marwan Bishara: Hope for the best, pre-empt the worst in Middle East

The dangers behind Washington’s Iraq strategy and its insistence it’s winning against ISIL.

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Bruno Jäntti: Spring in Rojava, winter in Rojhelat

Rojava, the Kurdish area in northern Syria, is undergoing (and possibly cementing) a revolution

Christian Appy: How to Turn a Nightmare into a Fairy Tale

40 Years Later, Will the End Games in Iraq and Afghanistan Follow the Vietnam Playbook?

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