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The Kurdish Moment

The Kurdish Moment Categories: Iraq, Turkey     Author: Ofra Bengio

In an interview, Rudaw Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), stated that "the Kurds of Iraq can decide for themselves the name and type of the entity they are living in." Such a far-reaching statement should not come as a great surprise to those followi

Iran is not the solution in Iraq

Iran is not the solution in Iraq Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Michael Singh

During the second Iraq war, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was one of the United States' fiercest foes. The IRGC was responsible not only for organising, training and equipping Shiite militants who fought US troops, but also for manufacturing and importing into Iraq so-called explos

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Birth of an Islamist State?

Birth of an Islamist State? Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

In a stunning and deeply significant development, the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organisation captured the Iraqi city of Mosul in the second week of June. They then moved on to take Tikrit unopposed and according to reports, were headed toward the capital, Baghdad. Five

Iran and the Iraq Crisis

Iran and the Iraq Crisis Categories: International Security, Iran, Iraq, Updates    

The subject of this Update is the Iranian role in the crisis in Iraq - and the suggestions being made that the US and its allies share a common interest with Iran in protecting the Baghdad government from the attacks of the Sunni Islamist groups ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

The Crisis in Iraq

The Crisis in Iraq Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

This Update is devoted to analysis of the crisis in Iraq, where this week an extremist Islamist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), took control of the second largest city, Mosul, and then moved to take other major towns, with the Iraqi Army apparently doing little to

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Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians

Shhh, Australia is resettling Palestinians Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Even as some Australian Palestinians and their supporters spent Tuesday evening disrupting commuters in Sydney in the course of their Nakba Day protests against Israel, SBS World News ran a segment on the recent resettlement of several dozen Iraqi Palestinian refugees in Australia. (While the

More Quiet corners of the Arab Spring Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Geoffrey Levin's post yesterday on the Jordanian Hashemite Monarchy's apparent success so far in weathering the Arab Spring, it is worth noting some other Arab countries which also appear to be managing the protest movements fairly successfully - especially Iraq and Morocco.

Moral Victory

Moral Victory Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism, United States     Author: Walter Russell Mead

And the Sunni Arabs of Iraq made a choice. They saw al-Qaeda at its best - volunteer freedom fighters come from around the world to fight for them - and they saw America at its worst, incompetent, insensitive, vacillating and violent. And they chose the United States. They decided that the future of

A New Phase in Iraq / Peace Advice Categories: Iraq, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

US President Barack Obama gave a major speech on Iraq last week to mark the promised withdrawal of all US combat troops from Iraq by the end of August. However, rather than discuss the speech itself, this Update looks at the future of Iraq now that coalition forces are no longer doing most of the fi

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Hope and Change in Iraq Categories: Iraq     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

In Iraq we are now where we should have been in 2005 if the Sunni Arab community had not staged a bloody revanchist insurrection. The parliamentary elections on March 7 gave us a good snapshot of the real Iraq.

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