Category: Iraq

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Patrick Cockburn: Iraqi forces begin bitter battle for Mosul in effort to destroy Isis

There are an estimated 4,000 jihadi fighters defending the close-packed houses and narrow alleyways in the half of the city west of the Tigris River, which is inhabited by some 650,000 civilians

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Patrick Cockburn: Mosul will be completely ‘destroyed’ in battle to liberate it from Isis, senior Iraqi politician warns

The Iraqi armed forces will eventually capture west Mosul, which is still held by Isis fighters, but the city itself will be destroyed in the fighting, a senior Iraqi politician told The Independent in an interview. Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader who until last year was the Iraqi finance minister and prior to that the Read more…

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Robert Fisk: A meeting in Berlin with a fellow journalist and old friend from Iraq

Change the words, delete the names, and history slips out of sight. Truth turned into lies. I guess that’s where journalism comes in

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Vincent Emanuele: The CIA and Saddam

One of my best friends, and someone I served with in the United States Marine Corps, sent me John Nixon’s book, Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein. I found Nixon’s reflections a bit redundant, but also quite fascinating. His politics are unclear, but his worldview and ideology is wholly committed to the concept of American Read more…

Cathy Breen: What will Baghdad face in 2017?

Many in the U.S. accepted, without adequate investigation or even curiosity, the notion that the U.S. would improve conditions ordinary Iraqis faced following the 2003 invasion

Cathy Breen: Signs of Hope in Desperate Times

With no hope of being able to return to their homes in the near future, and with no place or family to go to, people seem resigned to their fate. “We are sick with pain,” one man told us

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Juan Cole: Will Trump do a deal with Iran or try to Overthrow its Government?

One area of urgent cooperation between a Trump administration and Iran will be putting Iraq back together again

Basheer Nofi: America’s Wars in Syria and Iraq Are Dangerous and Shortsighted

As the Mosul offensive continues, it has become clear that it is the Americans who decide whether assaults continue, troops advance or tactical pauses are made

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Patrick Cockburn: Mosul braces itself for next bloody chapter having been ravaged by 13 years of war

Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and Kurdish rulers next door in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is a battle that is Read more…

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Robert Fisk: When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

The real purpose behind the much-trumpeted US-planned “liberation” of the Iraqi city, the Syrian military suspect, is to swamp Syria with the hordes of Isis fighters

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