Iraq

New Yorkers hold a memorial march marking 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction

It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.

Russian women who have been sentenced to life in prison for joining the Islamic State stand in a hallway of the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad on April 29, 2018.

Spending the Pandemic in an Iraqi Jail

Hundreds of Islamic State-affiliated women are optimistic that Baghdad will soon have to let them go.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to the White House Aug. 20

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.

A boy herds sheep in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq on Nov. 11, 2016.

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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visits Kirkuk to follow operations against the Islamic State on June 2.

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.

Senator Joseph Biden makes remarks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill April 7, 2004 in Washington.

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.

Members of the Popular Mobilization Units.

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.

Anti-government protesters in Iraq

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.

An Iraqi fighter inspects the site of an Islamic State attack the day before on a unit of the paramilitary force in Mukaishefah, about 110 miles north of Baghdad, on May 3.

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.

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi makes a speech before the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad on May 6.

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.

U.S. soldiers intervene against Iraqi protesters carrying flags of Kataib Hezbollah as they storm the U.S. Embassy.

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.

U.S. soldiers stand guard at the K1 Air Base near Kirkuk in northern Iraq on March 29, during its handover ceremony. The K1 base is the third site U.S.-led coalition troops have left in March.

To Stop a U.S.-Iran War, Finlandize Iraq

By treating Iraqi territory as a neutral zone, Washington and Tehran can avoid conflict.

A young Iraqi protesting against corruption, unemployment, and failing public services in Baghdad, on Oct. 2, 2019.

The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That’s a Good Thing

After 17 years, there is little love left between Washington and Baghdad. Upcoming talks may be the last opportunity to save their dysfunctional partnership.

A banner with a defaced picture of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's former intelligence chief and new prime minister-designate, is seen behind an anti-government demonstrator in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on April 9.

Nobody Can Help Iraq Anymore

The country has another new prime minister nominee—but no new hopes of success.

Smoke billows following an airstrike by the US-led international coalition forces targeting Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul, Iraq, on July 9, 2017.

Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths

Under fire from human rights groups, the Pentagon is asking lawmakers for funding to improve its ability to track civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Foreign Policy has learned. 

A tourist wearing a protective mask tours outside the Colosseum.

Our Top Weekend Reads

History lesson in pandemics, Iraqi militias becoming more aggressive, and the danger facing India’s sanitation workers.

Protesters chant slogans as they walk past a pro-Kataib Hezbollah billboard during an anti-government demonstration.

The PMU Is Getting More Aggressive in Iraq

Since the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, Shiite militias like the PMU have taken on a new role in Iraq.

Members of the Iraqi military check the body temperature of people wearing protective masks against the coronavirus near a plane at the Qayyarah air base, before a planned U.S. pullout on March 26.

Islamic State Aims for Comeback Amid Virus-Expedited U.S. Withdrawal

Iraqis fear their country will become a new battleground between ISIS and Iran-backed militias.

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