Category: Iraq

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…

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

Juan Cole: 7 Things to Know about Mosul

The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city of Mosul back from Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) has begun in earnest

Anand Gopal: A nightmare in the making for Mosul

Interview on the looming assault on Mosul and the likely consequences in Iraq, Syria and the region as a whole

Juan Cole: Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading toward 6,000

The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will help call in air Read more…

Juan Cole: What did we buy with the $5 Trillion that the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars have cost us?

The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme and as usual the little people are the ones who took a bath

Marjorie Cohn: Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit Against George W. Bush

Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi woman, first filed her lawsuit against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz in September 2013

Robert Fisk: Iraq’s hangmen are back and this time they’re becoming more efficient

Sunnis have been the principal victims of the largely Shia hangmen now carrying out the ‘democratically elected’ Iraqi government’s executions

Vijay Prashad: A Story of Deceit

In the U.S., the debate over Iraq has been placed on mute

Paul Bignell: Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

Plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world’s largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq

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