Iraq

Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death

Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death Behold, a Pale Horse and its Rider’s Name Was Death and Hell Followed Him Paul Craig Roberts I just listened to Obama give Washington’s account of the situation with ISIL in…

Chilcot’s Iraq: the missing piece

The response to a major report on Britain’s role in Iraq needs to grasp how war itself is changing. By Paul Rogers 7 July 2016 for openDemocracy The Iraq inquiry report, which took seven years to complete and was finally…

Battle for Fallujah: Protests needed on violations of humanitarian law

In simultaneous, if not necessarily coordinated operations, there are attacks against the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh in its Arabic abbreviation) in Syria and Iraq. ISIS had, in practice, abolished the frontier between Iraq and Syria which…

“Horrified”: Seymour Hersh Reacts to Obama’s Plan to Send 250 More U.S. Special Ops Troops to Syria

President Obama has announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the U.S. presence in the country. This comes just days after the Obama administration announced 217 more troops would be…

Starting Over: A Nun, a Wedding Singer and a Pair of Self-described Nerds Seek Refuge in Northern Iraq

Human Wrongs Watch A Syrian singer’s songbook, a Turkmen calligrapher’s ink, a Palestinian Iraqi’s lucky lighter, a Yazidi teenager’s Taylor Swift album. These are a civil war’s survivors and the things they carried.’ By Lauren Bohn*, November 2014 — The…

Iraq. Syria. Here we go again

An article of quotes? That would mean all that can be said has already been said How about…? Voltaire “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” George Santayana “Those who fail to learn from the…

Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation

Militants from Islamic State stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces. Fighters from Islamic State have seized three Syrian military bases in the area in recent weeks. This comes as the Pentagon considers…

Despite danger, Iraqis unite to protest religious persecution by Islamic State

Mariam Elba, August 8, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence Iraqis are taking to the streets and to social media to protest the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State — the fringe extremist group formerly known as ISIS. Since the group…

Glenn Greenwald on Iraq: Is U.S. “Humanitarianism” Only Summoned to Control Oil-Rich Areas?

We discuss the situation in Iraq with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. In a recent article for The Intercept, “U.S. ‘Humanitarian’ Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual,” Greenwald reviews news headlines related to U.S. military action in Iraq over…

USA Attacks are Insufficient to Stop Extremists in Iraq

Washington, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The United States launched new air strikes against Iraqi insurgents, but without the action of ground troops will be difficult to achieve long-term progress and stop the humanitarian crisis, media said today. The attacks of…

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