Iraqi Kurds Turn Against the PKK
Now that it’s beaten back the Islamic State, the Kurdistan Regional Government is focusing its attention on a group it has long tolerated.
The Head of ISIS Is a Hypocrite and a Traitor
Newly released documents expose the Islamic State leader’s betrayal of his comrades, which presents a golden opportunity to discredit the movement.
The U.S. Middle East Strategy’s Missing Piece is Iraq
The backlash against “forever wars” is no reason to abandon Iraq. Just don’t measure U.S. engagement by the number of troops.
Iraq’s Future Isn’t Oil, It’s Sustainable Electricity
As the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Islamic State insurgency, revolutionizing the country’s energy sector could be the key to long-term security.
America’s Iraqi Embassy Is a Monstrosity Out of Time
The United States is threatening to close its outpost in Baghdad. It should have done so yesterday.
The War for the Future of Syria and Iraq Will Be Fought on Smartphones
As the number of U.S. forces on the ground dwindles and Russian and Iranian propaganda efforts increase, Col. Myles Caggins prepared the soldiers who remain for information warfare.
Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction
It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.
Spending the Pandemic in an Iraqi Jail
Hundreds of Islamic State-affiliated women are optimistic that Baghdad will soon have to let them go.
In Iraq, the United States Must Be Careful What It Wishes For
If Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi cracks down too hard on pro-Iran militias, as Washington has demanded, he risks losing his position and jeopardizing the country’s security.
Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict
Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.
Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants to Control the Iran-Backed Militias. It Won’t Be Easy.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is better placed than many of his predecessors to cement the Iraqi state’s authority, but independent armed groups are pushing back.
Americans Stopped Trusting Long Before Trump
Joe Biden is part of an insular Washington culture that produced the Iraq War—and the pathologies of the Trump administration.
Iraq’s New Prime Minister Needs to Take Control of His Security Forces
Mustafa al-Kadhimi has already implemented positive changes, but he’ll need to rein in the country’s vast array of militias to bring lasting stability to the country.
U.S. Begins Iraq Talks With One Eye on Graft
The State Department is concerned about the progress of Iraqi judicial reforms and the anti-corruption fight, according to a new report.
How Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Ended Up Strengthening ISIS
American troops helped keep a lid on the Islamic State in Iraq. The Suleimani killing changed all that.
Iraq’s New Prime Minister Is Taking Things Slow
After nearly 20 years of political chaos in Baghdad, Mustafa al-Kadhimi is trying incremental reform.
A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq
The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.
To Stop a U.S.-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq
By treating Iraqi territory as a neutral zone, Washington and Tehran can avoid conflict.