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While many have questioned who are our allies in Syria , few have asked an even more important question of who are our allies in Iraq? Most assume that we'll simply pick up where we left off a ...
by gjohnsit
Comment Count 45 comments on Fri Sep 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM PDT with 26 Recommends
[House http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/17/politics/pelosi-isis-congress/index.html] and [Senate http://thehill.com/policy/finance/218248-senate-approves-obama-request-to-arm-train-syrian-rebels] approved ...
by john s mill
Comment Count 43 comments on Thu Oct 09, 2014 at 06:40 PM PDT with 6 Recommends
What has brought us to the point of yet again waging war without any goals for peace? The US stance of becoming a "conquering hero" has not produced success in many decades, and it's a stance that ...
by MsSpentyouth
Comment Count 37 comments on Fri Sep 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM PDT with 24 Recommends
The disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq wasn't just an American war of choice. As much as anything else, it was a war of talking points . Designed, as President Bush once explained, to "...
by Jon Perr
Comment Count 61 comments on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 06:15 PM PDT with 58 Recommends
Blowback. Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq, followed by 8 years of US occupation created a lot of resentment, especially among Sunnis who lost their long dominance of Iraq to the Shiite majority. ...
by Lefty Coaster
Comment Count 21 comments on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM PDT with 6 Recommends
Important and tragic as the developments at Ferguson are, electronic media coverage illustrate what seems to be an inherent weakness when taken to excess, its apparent inability to walk and ...
by TofG
Comment Count 11 comments on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM PDT with 2 Recommends
Still branded a terrorist organization by the US and the EU In their distinctive khaki-grey uniforms, their ranks including battle-hardened female fighters – a rarity in most parts of the Middle ...
by LaFeminista
Comment Count 28 comments on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:07 AM PDT with 18 Recommends
President Obama is taking a lot of heat from the right and the left over what's going on in Iraq/Syria. He tells the American people and the world, many, many times that the United States, ...
by bobthebear
Comment Count 3 comments on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 08:20 PM PDT with 2 Recommends
Kurdish forces Have moved to retake the Mosul damn on Sunday, though fighting with ISIL is still heavy. US air cover has played a significant role in the operation. In the past two days the US has ...
by aimeehs
Comment Count 9 comments on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 05:19 PM PDT with 10 Recommends
Iraq more and more appears to be a three-ring circus, where it is hard to separate out the clowns from the lion-tamer. You got the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites. Baghdad politics is for the clowns. ...
by ForeignPolicy
Comment Count 4 comments on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 02:30 PM PDT with 1 Recommend
(2009) Iraqi Kurdistan has turned out to be “one of the most successful nation-building projects in American history.” Fortunately, oil prices may take a dip soon if the constitutional crisis ...
by annieli
Comment Count 4 comments on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:05 AM PDT with 5 Recommends
short diary, good ...
by DEMonrat ankle biter
Comment Count 6 comments on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM PDT with 16 Recommends
On Thursday it was the plight of 40K people trapped on top of a mountain and facing annihilation that captured the attention of the American public, including me. Many of them are still up there. ...
by Richard Lyon
Comment Count 68 comments on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM PDT with 19 Recommends
The feel-good story of the day is how the Syrian Kurds have fought their way into northern Iraq to help tens of thousands of trapped Yazidis escape from Islamic Jihadist group ISIS . What most ...
by gjohnsit
Comment Count 75 comments on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 02:15 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
After their dramatic drive through much of north-western Iraq in June, the military situation between ISIS and the Iraqi government has mostly stalemated. ISIS has repeatedly tried and ...
by gjohnsit
Comment Count 110 comments on Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 09:34 PM PDT with 118 Recommends
The unintended consequence of the U.S. Iraq war, the so-called Arab Spring, and the Syrian conflict is the collapse of the post-World War I partition of the Ottoman empire by the British and the ...
by stonehenge
Comment Count 10 comments on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 05:31 PM PDT with 7 Recommends
Since this is a subject which requires quite a a lot of background information, and as a result the text is very long, I will publish it in three parts. The first two parts are background ...
by InAntalya
Comment Count 11 comments on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:25 AM PDT with 22 Recommends
Since this is a subject which requires quite a a lot of background information and, as a result the text is very long, I will publish it in three parts. The first two parts, today and probably ...
by InAntalya
Comment Count 17 comments on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT with 40 Recommends
because things seem to be looking better for the people of Iraq. Alternate Title - The ISIS Offensive in Iraq Begins to Sputter as Opposition to It Grows and Becomes More Organized The ...
by InAntalya
Comment Count 74 comments on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 09:54 AM PDT with 47 Recommends
In a surprisingly positive development, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling party said that Kurds in Iraq have the right to self-determination . This reverses decades of Turkish opposition to an ...
by Eric Stetson
Comment Count 114 comments on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 04:40 PM PDT with 69 Recommends