Iraq

Turkish-backed Syrian Arab fighters man a checkpoint in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northern Syria after seizing control of it from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on March 18, 2018.

The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning

A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy slams the Trump administration for withholding aid to Lebanon.

Nzeyimana Consolate arrives carrying her baby at the Nyabitara transit site, among other Burundian refugees, on Oct. 3, 2019 in Ruyigi, Burundi. Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were repatriated voluntarily, the U.N. refugee agency  said.

Sending Refugees Back Makes the World More Dangerous

Repatriating refugees to dangerous countries violates international law and breeds conflict, instability, and future crises. Regional work visas and long-term integration into host countries are more promising solutions.

Smoke billows from a fire that broke out at the North Oil Company installations in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, on Aug. 29.

The Future of Iraq’s Oil Is Russian

With ongoing protests making other investors nervous, Moscow is charging ahead.

Iraqi protesters clash with security forces at Baghdad's Khallani Square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations on Nov. 11.

Shades of Saddam

With killings, beatings, and disappearances, the Iraqi government is growing more authoritarian in response to the protests.

Iraqi protesters hold a candlelight vigil for those killed during anti-government demonstrations in Karbala, south of Baghdad, on Nov. 1.

Enraged Iraqi Protesters Blame Iran for Killings

Many demonstrators see Tehran’s hand in widespread violence and support for the embattled prime minister.

Syrian youths walk past a billboard showing a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on July 9, 2018. The caption below reads in Arabic: "If the country's dust speaks, it will say Bashar al-Assad."

The Conditions That Created ISIS Still Exist

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death won’t eliminate the threat of Islamist extremism so long as autocratic regimes continue to hold sway in the Middle East.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the logo of the Islamic State south of Mosul on March 1, 2017.

Baghdadi’s Death Will Make Global Affiliates More Independent

The Islamic State’s next leader will have a hard time bringing disparate groups with competing agendas together.

Lebanese demonstrators burn tires and wave their national flag during a protest against dire economic conditions on a highway between Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli on Oct. 18.

The Arab World’s Revolution Against Sectarianism

Lebanon and Iraq are rising up against constitutions that have empowered religious factions—and enabled their corruption.

Lebanese women take part in a demonstration in downtown Beirut on Oct. 21.

Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show

Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable

U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.

Members of the Iraqi Army load suspected Islamic State jihadis into a truck as they leave the courts before going to jail south of Mosul on Dec. 6, 2016.

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma

New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

An Iraqi protester waves the national flag during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in Baghdad on Oct. 5.

In Iraq, Protesters Are Sick of Corruption and Foreign Influence

The firing of a wildly popular general who led the fight against ISIS has set off demonstrations that could threaten the country’s stability.

Iraqi protesters speak to police

Angry Iraqis Demand New Government

After 15 years of corruption, Iraqi protesters have finally reached a breaking point. Some even want military rule.

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