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Gen. James Mattis, ret., selected as Defense Secretary

Trump Will Nominate Retired Marine Corps General Mattis for Pentagon

Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.

December 1, 2016
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How Will ‘We’ Survive A President Trump?

If our calamitous past has taught us anything it should be that mere survival is not enough. And assurances that “we will survive” refer to a privileged and limited “we.”

December 1, 2016
Battle for Mosul will shape or break Iraq.

Battle For Mosul Will Shape Or Break Iraq

If local fighters in Mosul can be persuaded to drop their allegiance to Islamic State, there is a chance that the battle can be brought to a more speedy conclusion, and that could have major implications for the future of Iraq.

October 24, 2016
Iraqi security forces advance in Qayara, south of Mosul

Iraqi and Kurdish Forces Advance On Mosul

Residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages.

October 18, 2016
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Iraq Launches Offensive To Recapture Mosul From ‘Islamic State’

As the assault got underway, a Reuters correspondent saw helicopters overhead releasing flares and heard explosions on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages.

October 17, 2016
File photo of Militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

ISIS Confirms Death Of Its Propaganda Chief, Killed By U.S. Airstrike

A statement posted online by ISIS paid tribute to Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as Abu Mohammed al-Furqan, its propaganda chief.

October 10, 2016
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Aleppo, Arrests, And The Danger Of Third Parties

Voters should perhaps take heart that Gary Johnson now knows what Aleppo is. He is on the ballot in all 50 states, competing with the major party nominees for your vote.

September 30, 2016
Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of their first presidential debate. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Clinton, Trump Clash Over Race, Experience In First Debate

“He (Donald Trump) has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it. But he persisted. He persisted year after year,” Hillary Clinton said.

September 27, 2016
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U.S.-Led Coalition Destroys ISIS Chemical Factory

The U.S.-led coalition has destroyed a complex of buildings that housed an Islamic State militant group (ISIS) chemical weapons factory, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

September 14, 2016
Fire rises from oil wells, set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, which has been recaptured by Iraqi forces, August 29, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Trump Says The US Should Have Taken Iraq’s Oil; Here’s Why That Wasn’t An Option

Donald Trump says he wants to end long U.S. military entanglements. But he has also repeatedly said the U.S. should have seized Iraq’s oil after the 2003 invasion — an undertaking that would have been illegal, required decades of occupation by hundreds of thousands of troops, increased the risk of casualties and probably cost more than the oil itself was worth.

September 10, 2016
An Iraqi Shi'ite fighter fires artillery during clashes with Islamic State militants near Falluja, Iraq, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Staff/File Photo

Iraq Expels Islamic State Families From Local Communities

Iraqi authorities are expelling the families of suspected Islamic State members from their homes as the jihadist group loses ground, raising fears of communal violence if people seek to settle old scores.

September 9, 2016
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

US Intelligence Indicates A Weaker Islamic State

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria’s border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.

August 28, 2016
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A Dim Attack On Dumb Policy

Simply pointing out the obvious alternatives to demonstrably failed policy does not sound policy make. Whether a President Trump supports Russia in Syria or not, Russia will remain there until its policy objectives—not America’s—are met.

August 28, 2016
Khizr Khan speaks during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

The Khan Family Defies Trumpism

The Khan’s son, Humayun, was killed in Iraq in 2004, running toward a suicide bomber to save his men. Yet, as his father noted, if it were up to Trump, he of the hateful rhetoric, the Mexican wall and the Muslim ban, Humayun would never even have been in this country.

July 31, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein, Butchers English Language

It may be the case that Donald Trump speaks at the level of an elementary school student. However, at a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday, he demonstrated his mastery of the coordinating conjunction “but” — while also managing to complement Saddam Hussein.

July 6, 2016
Sir John Chilcot presents The Iraq Inquiry Report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London, Britain July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell/Pool

Chilcot: Five Things To Know About The Iraq Report

“The evidence is there for all to see. It is an account of an intervention which went badly wrong, with consequences to this day,” Chilcot said in a statement accompanying the report

July 6, 2016
Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, arrives to attend his a news conference in Amman, Jordan, May 15, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

ISIS Is On The Defensive, Territory Shrinking In Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

ISIS “is shrinking so they are very much on the defensive,” Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s special envoy in the fight against Islamic State, told a news conference in Amman. ISIS controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.

May 15, 2016
People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

Islamic State Bombs Kill 80 In Deadliest Baghdad Attacks This Year

Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but violence against security forces and Shi’ite Muslim civilians is still frequent. Large blasts sometimes set off reprisal attacks against the minority Sunni community. The fight against Islamic State, which seized about a third of Iraq’s territory in 2014, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict.

May 11, 2016
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Muqtada Al-Sadr Loyalists Leave Baghdad’s Green Zone

Protesters in Baghdad’s Green Zone have left the heavily fortified government district after a 24-hour sit-in but pledged to return by the end of the week if their demands for political reform are not met.

May 2, 2016
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Anti-War Priest Daniel Berrigan Dies, Aged 94

Berrigan was once imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam war in 1968. The brothers entered a draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, in May 1968 with other activists and removed records of young men about to be shipped to Vietnam. The group took the files outside and burned them.

May 2, 2016
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Biden Arrives For Unannounced Visit To Iraq To Help Shore Up Wobbly Government

Vice President Joe Biden arrived unannounced in Iraq on Thursday for the first time in five years to assess the ongoing U.S.-led military coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State, amid political turmoil here threatening Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s hold on power.

April 28, 2016
Oil Refinery Iraq

ISIS Income Drops On Low Oil Revenue, Taxes

Since mid-2014, the territory under ISIS control shrunk by about 22 percent, reducing its tax base to 6 million people from 9 million.

April 18, 2016
Iraqi security forces secure a road after bomb attacks outside the Green Zone in Baghdad

Irradiated Iraq: The Nuclear Nightmare We Left Behind

“Iraq is one large hazardous waste site,” Ritter says. “If it was the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency would declare it a Superfund site and order it be cleaned.”

March 31, 2016
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Suicide Bomber Kills 26, Wounds 71 South Of Baghdad: Official

A suicide attacker detonated an explosive belt in a park outside Baghdad on Friday, killing 26 people and wounding 71, said the security head in Babel province where the bomb – claimed by Islamic State – went off.

March 25, 2016