Category: Iraq

Juan Cole: Calls to Expel US Troops from Iraq

Trump’s assertion that he intends to keep US troops in Iraq to spy on Iran has produced a firestorm of protest and controversy in Baghdad

Patrick Cockburn: After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?

All Iraqi governments are, to a greater or lesser extent, fragile because of religious and ethnic differences, but the new government is a sign that Iraq is stabilising after four decades of violence and division

Patrick Cockburn: Haider al-Abadi is losing his grip on power

Prime Minister Abadi has been left with little choice but to leave his post, but it is likely to mean little in a system that favors political stalemate

David Bacon: Iraq’s Oil Union Defends Protesters

Iraq’s trade unions, especially the oil workers, have played a central role in organizing the demonstrations

Ibrahim Saleh: Water Wars

Multi-Billion Dollar Budget Needed To Keep Iraq’s Water Flowing

Immanuel Wallerstein: Sadrist Victory in Iraq: Victory for Whom?

On May 12, 2018, Muqtada al-Sadr’s list unexpectedly won a plurality in the Iraqi legislative elections

David Bacon: Iraq Elections: Rebuilding Popular Power

The combination of street protests, electoral activism and increasing union strength is one of the most important features of Iraq’s political landscape

Vijay Prashad: America Recedes from Dominance in Afghanistan and Iraq

A women’s rights advocate and the journalist who threw his shoe at George W. Bush are among the leaders defining Iraq’s political future

Patrick Cockburn: US and Iran battle for influence in Iraq election

Any Iraqi leader will seek to maintain good relations with both Washington and Tehran

Juan Cole: Trump Warmonger Moves on Iran are from Iraq Playbook

The charge against social media today that it reinforces extremism by its algorithms could be equally well laid against elements of the US press throughout history

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