Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
Part of the reason that war no longer helps to build nations is simply that few new nations are waiting to be built.
Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within official KRG territory itself but also on disputed territory held by Kurds elsewhere in northern Iraq.
By staying out of the conflicts in the Middle East, the United States can benefit both American citizens and the citizens of those distant lands.
Richard Burr, a member of the US congress since 1995, called the Russian probe one of the biggest investigations undertaken in congress during his tenure.
In Sunni-majority Mosul, Saddam Hussein is still idolised and the central authorities in Baghdad are distrusted as Mosul limps through the ISIS occupation.
In the land of Periyar, speaking out against religion and God led to the killing of 31-year-old Farook Hameed.
Carried across the desert by her grandsons, under sniper and mortar fire, 90-year-old Khatla Ali Abdallah was one of thousands who braved the difficult and dangerous journey out of ISIS’s shrinking stronghold in the west of the city.
Experts tell us about the VX nerve agent, a banned chemical weapon, and the implications of an assassination using the weapon on foreign soil.
Influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran backed Nuri-al-Maliki are locked in a tussle to gain enough power before the upcoming elections.
The clashes broke out as the protesters attempted to cross the bridge that links Tahrir Square and the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Only adhering to the dominant western narrative can we say ‘post-truth’ is a recent phenomenon. The Indian scenario suggests the contrary.
Hardeep Singh Puri’s book highlights the interconnected world where mistrust, violence and injustice are increasing while international covenants fray, and stresses the need for a collective legal framework to deal with them.
History suggests the militants will respond to any discontent with brutality, especially after losing control of the cities of Falluja and Ramadi this year.
Troops of the Iraqi army’s Counter-Terrorism Service moved forward on Gogjali, an industrial zone on the eastern outskirts.
Vijay Prashad’s The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution provides a helpful interpretation of the processes that have led to the current state of the Arab world, but hazards little about the future prospects for the region.
Success is not assured by any principle for intervention. But the chances of success can be enhanced and controversies muted if interventions are based on an agreed framework.
Both phenomena are products of an idyllic restoration of a lost order, using regressive arcadias as a defense mechanism that can lead to radicalism and extremism.
It is the highest number of militants executed in one day by the Iraqi government since ISIS fighters took control of parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014.
Health minister Adila Hamoud offered to resign if the investigation proved that the fire was caused by negligence at her department. She also announced in a statement the sacking of the hospital director.
Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric on the Muslim world might be friendlier than Trump’s, but her record is much bloodier.
The attack was the deadliest bombing in Iraq since US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.
US officials consider the increasing use of suicide bombers by ISIS as a sign of weakness.
The rally in Paris was organised by the political wing of the MKO, which has opposed the Iranian government ever since the 1979 revolution.
Forces took control of Qayara base, a strategic air base south of Mosul, on July 9, with air support from the US-led coalition.
In the summer of 2003, senior ministers like L.K. Advani and a number of Indian strategic commentators kept up a steady drumbeat calling for the country to send troops to help the Americans. But Vajpayee kept his cool and refused.
The excessive de-Ba’athification left thousands of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath party members unemployed and contributed to sectarian tensions in post-war Iraq
The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi has reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Sunnis.
The weekend attack has shown that ISIS is still capable of bombing Baghdad despite having lost control of their stronghold, Falluja last month.
With the Chilcot report itself presenting a bit of a paradox in its verdict, the world is also responding to the inquiry in contradictory ways.
The report says the threat of Saddam Hussein was overplayed and post-war planning was inadequate. However, it has not called the war illegal.
The operation has led to thousands of civilians seeking shelter in government camps and at least 1,800 ISIS militant deaths.
The prediction of such a vast humanitarian emergency creates additional complications for the Iraqi government and its US allies.
Iraqi forces have carried out a successful campaign in Falluja, an ISIS stronghold, but reports of human rights abuse raise concerns for the planned Mosul operative.
Mustafa Badreddine was one of the highest ranking officials in Hezbollah and assessed by the US government to be responsible for the group’s military operations in Syria, where it is fighting alongside the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
There is a need for preparedness and public awareness to guard against the terrible possibility of radiological terrorism.
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Most of the new US advisers, who will make up the bulk of the new troops, will be Army Special Forces, as are the about 100 advisers now in Iraq.
Blair’s apology fails to deal with the core issue – that he and Bush tailored intelligence to wage a war of aggression for regime change in Iraq that was illegal under international law.
Some opportunities have been missed and now, with a possible thaw with the west, Indian companies could be left out in the cold for Iran’s immense oil and gas reserves