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Friday, December 15, 2017
Iraq
Iraq

‘Our City Is In Ruins’: Crushing Wars Are Raging On In Syria And Iraq With No End In Sight

“Our city is in ruins,” said Ayman who lives in the western part of Mosul. “They have treated us like we are absolutely nothing.” Who is the “they” in Ayman’s statement? ISIS surely, but also the Iraqi military and its US allies.

July 13, 2017
Syria

In Syria, The First Step Down A Dangerous Road

Having opposed President Obama’s initiative to punish Assad following that attack, Donald Trump clearly has no idea what to do now that his missiles have landed in Syria. Nor do Congressional Republicans, whose enthusiastic support for Trump’s action today rings hollow for anyone who remembers how they rejected Obama’s request to authorize military force in 2013.

April 7, 2017
Danziger on civilian deaths in Mosul bombing

Danziger: It’s Not Terrorism, Just Collateral Damage

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

April 1, 2017
travel ban

Travel Ban: Why Trump (And Bannon) Mirror ISIS So Perfectly

Bannon, Miller, Sessions, and presumably the president himself understand very well that the travel ban aimed at Muslims and Islam must exacerbate divisions between the West and the Muslim world, as well as between Muslim-Americans and the rest of American society. Intensified conflict is the only foreseeable result of their actions and outbursts — and appears to be the only result they want.

March 7, 2017
Military, War, Trump

Trump’s Obscene War Machine

This is the old ‘guns vs. butter’ scenario taught to young students in elementary economics classes. If economics is a matter of choices over scare resources, and if budgets are a way to project your values, then Trump has made his views clear – guns matter more than butter.

March 2, 2017
Mideast refugees arriving in Sweden

Sweden Mocks Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ On Fictional Refugee Incident

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs, and people assembling IKEA furniture.

February 19, 2017
Iraqi

Suspended Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s American Dream At Risk

An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky to leave the country.

February 16, 2017
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017
Muslim-American women fight Trump to save our country

Trump’s Muslim Ban Is An Embarrassment To This Country

Trump’s ban created predictable chaos around the world. Watching the stranded travelers and bewildered families, I kept wishing I could apologize to those whose lives, careers, and plans were thrown into needless turmoil because a minority of American voters chose to invest a fear-mongering man-baby with the awesome powers of the presidency.

February 2, 2017
Muslim-American women against Trump

Muslim-American Women Fight Back Against Trump’s Ban

Muslim-American women were at the forefront of a peaceful resistance movement over the weekend protesting Trump’s executive order. Women and girls stand to be particularly affected by the executive order temporarily banning all refugees as well as all travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, and indefinitely banning Syrian refugees.

February 1, 2017
Trump

Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Intended To Create Chaos And Spur Fear

Donald Trump’s order was intended to create chaos, to generate fear among immigrants, and to send a message. Loud and clear it rang: The Trump administration will pontificate about terrorism and national security, but it is intentionally targeting Muslims. No wonder all hell broke loose.

January 31, 2017
Immigration, Green-card, Trump

Yes, Trump’s Vague Immigration Order Applies To Green-Card Holders

Outraged families and advocacy groups publicized cases of visa holders and permanent residents, including some who’ve held green cards for decades, being detained at airports or barred from entering the United States. Immigration specialists say the wording of the order is so murky that its true scope will become clear only through test cases.

January 29, 2017
Trump, Immigration Policy, Fear

President Trump Brings Shame To The U.S. With Policy Based On Fear

This so-called immigration ban is the first major legislative step in Trump’s alienation narrative, the beginning of the “us” versus “them.” We said “never again” after the Holocaust; we would help people fleeing persecution. With one signature, Trump has obliterated one of our country’s most virtuous tenets.

January 29, 2017
Muslim Ban, Immigration Order, Trump

Former U.S. Army Interpreter Sues Trump Over Immigration Order

The lawsuit on behalf of the Iraqis challenges Trump’s order saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of due process by taking away their ability to apply for asylum, and violates the guarantee of equal protection by discriminating against them on the basis of their country of origin without sufficient justification.

January 28, 2017
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

Trump’s Army Of Shills Take Over The White House Press Briefing Room

The Trump administration’s reported proposal to move the White House press briefing to a large room that can accommodate pro-Trump sycophants and propagandists is brazen and destructive. But it’s also not entirely new — the Bush administration adopted a similar strategy in 2004.

January 20, 2017
Chelsea Manning

Before Leaving Office, Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

Manning has been a focus of a worldwide debate on government secrecy since she provided more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables, and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks – a leak for which she was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. Her sentence will now expire on May 17, the White House said.

January 17, 2017
Mosul Offensive, Iraq, ISIS

Iraqi Forces Launch Second Phase Of Mosul Offensive Against Islamic State

A U.S.-led coalition backing the Iraqis said the operation had opened two new fronts inside Mosul and limited Islamic State’s ability to raise fighter numbers, move them, or resupply.

December 29, 2016
Allied forces preparing to move against ISIS in East Mosul within days

Exclusive: U.S. Commander Says Fresh Advance To Commence Shortly In East Mosul

Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the U.S.-trained army out in June 2014.

Its fall would probably end Islamic State’s ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but the fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

December 26, 2016
Iraq

New Advance In East Mosul To Begin Within Days

Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a U.S. battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city.

December 26, 2016
For American Troops In Iraq, Observing Christmas Again

Déjà Vu For American Troops Observing Christmas In Iraq Again

Few soldiers thought they would be back nearly 14 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, sparking an al Qaeda-backed insurgency and throwing the country into a sectarian civil war. Yet here they are in Mosul, albeit with a fraction of the numbers and a much narrower mission.

December 25, 2016
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
Trump, Mentally Ill

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