Tag: Iraq

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

[ 0 ] August 2, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 2, 2015:  According to the Turkish military, two Turkish soldiers were killed today and 31 wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran, reported major news outlets. The military blamed Kurdish militants from the PKK for the attack. Last weekend, as Turkish and […]

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CSIS REPORT: The Arab-US Strategic Partnership and the Changing Security Balance in the Gulf

[ 0 ] July 24, 2015 |

Joint and Asymmetric Warfare, Missiles and Missile Defense, Civil War and Non-State Actors, and Outside Powers by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN, WITH ASSISTANCE OF MICHAEL PEACOCK for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on JULY 13, 2015:  REPORT ABSTRACT: The ongoing confrontation with Iran, the war against ISIL, the instability in Iraq, the Civil war in […]

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WATCH: Why My Own Father Would Have Let IS Kill Me (via BBC)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  The group that calls itself Islamic State (IS or Isis) has a special punishment for gay people – it kills them by throwing them off high buildings. Taim, a 24-year-old medical student, tells the story of how he only escaped this fate by fleeing from Iraq to Lebanon. […]

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Sinai: War in a Distant Province (by Ellis Goldberg)

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by ELLIS GOLDBERG for NISRALNASR on JULY 16, 2015:  The July 1 battle in which the Egyptian Armed Forces regained control of a small border town from the self-proclaimed Sinai Province of the Islamic State (formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Supporters of Jerusalem) has heightened fear, anger, and above all self-congratulation among both […]

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Amira Hass on Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Jew in an Occupied Land

Amira Hass on Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Jew in an Occupied Land

[ 0 ] July 6, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 6, 2015:  This past Spring Amira Hass, correspondent for Haaretz, spoke at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Hass, an Israeli who has won numerous awards for her reporting, has been covering the region since the early 90s. She lived in Gaza for three years and […]

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Lebanon’s Resilience under the Weight of Syria’s War (ICG)

[ 0 ] June 25, 2015 |

Lebanon and Syria have always been closely intertwined, from the days when they were both provinces of the Ottoman Empire, to a shared experience of French colonial rule, to the 1975-1990 civil war and post-war period during which Syria claimed a big brother role. Lebanon Senior Analyst Sahar Atrache discusses how Lebanon remains resilient in […]

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WATCH: Mark Cancian on How the US is Finding Money to Fight its Wars

[ 0 ] June 1, 2015 |

via CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on JUNE 1, 2015:  Post-9/11, how is the United States finding the money to fight its wars? CSIS Senior Adviser and former Marine Corps Colonel Mark Cancian explains.  

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WATCH ‘Draw Mohammed’ AZ Organizer intvw’d by Anderson Cooper: ‘True Islam is Terrorism’

[ 0 ] May 29, 2015 |

by JENNY KUTNER for SALON on MAY 29, 2015:  Despite the violent and fatal end to a “Mohammed cartoon drawing” contest earlier this month in Garland, Texas, it’s happening all over again — this time in Arizona. Former Marine Jon Ritzheimer spoke with Anderson Cooper about the “Draw Mohammed” rally he plans to hold outside […]

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Is it the US that isn’t stepping up to fight Daesh/ ISIL? (by Juan Cole)

Is it the US that isn’t stepping up to fight Daesh/ ISIL? (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] May 28, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 26, 2015: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks on Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight have ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran, and Vice President Joe Biden was constrained to call Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and reassure him that the […]

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Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen gather for Battle of Ramadi (by Juan Cole/Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MAY 20, 2015:  Al-Zaman (The Times of Baghdad) reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) […]

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