Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a ceremony in Najaf, Iraq January 7, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraq: PM Abadi to Seek Re-Election

Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a Shi’ite Muslim who led the country in the four-year war against ISIS, said he will seek to form a cross-sectarian block called ”the victory alliance” to contest the parliamentary elections.

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces march along a road after Raqqa was liberated from the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017. Credit: Reuters

The Rise and Fall of ISIS

ISIS’s looming defeat is to be cheered, but the costs have been huge – loss of civilian life, destruction of ancient cities, increased attacks abroad and brewing conflicts in the region.