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Iraq’s Elections Are Far From A “New Beginning”

Originally written for the Political Quarterly Blog: On May 12, Iraqis vote in national elections, 15 years after the war that ended Saddam Hussein's regime,...

The Players in Syria and What They Want

"Even within the areas it has regained, the regime’s hold is tenuous." Amid the Assad regime's latest chemical attacks and the US-UK-France airstrikes in response,...

Syria Daily: Turkey — We Will Remove US-Backed, Kurdish-Led Militia from...

"The terrorists in Manbij should be removed from the area, otherwise Turkey will not hesitate to take initiative by itself" LATEST 6th Displaced Group from East...

Will Iraq Realign Towards Saudi Arabia in 2018?

"The success of political entities trying to assert more independence from Iran may create a new landscape in Iraq which is far more favorable...

Iran Daily: Supreme Leader — “Our Defensive Power is Not Negotiable”,...

UPDATE 0730 GMT: The Supreme Leader has received Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, amid maneuvers over the conflict between Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan and...

Iran Daily: Iraq Rejects US Call for “Iranian Militias” to Withdraw

The Iraqi Government has rejected US calls for "Iranian militias" to leave the country after successful battles against the Islamic State. On Sunday, as...

Essential Guide: The Battle for Kirkuk in Northern Iraq

How Baghdad struck back at a declaration of independence in Iraqi Kurdistan On Monday, Iraqi forces moved swiftly to occupy the city of Kirkuk and...

Iraq’s Forces Seize Kirkuk from Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraq Government forces moved quickly on Monday to seize the contested city of Kirkuk in the north from Iraqi Kurdistan, where voters chose independence...

Syria Daily: US Denies Deadly Attack on Iranian-Led Iraqi Militia

An Iraqi Shia militia, backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, says more than 110 of its fighters have been killed or wounded by a US...

“This Liberation of Mosul Must Not Be Squandered”

UPDATE: A version of this article, originally published on EA on July 10, is now posted on The Conversation. After an 8 1/2-month offensive by...

Iran Daily: Tehran Hails Mosul’s Liberation as Defeat of “US-Israel Plots”

Iran's Defense Minister has hailed victory for Iraqi forces in the second city of Mosul as a victory over plots by the US and...

After Years of Destruction, Iraqis Can Rescue Their Cultural Identity

"Brave efforts by Iraqis to reclaim cultural and national identity will not succeed fully until the country is free of its corrupt and divided...