Iraq

Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr celebrate in Baghdad.

The Biggest Loser of Iraq’s Election Could Be Iran

Pro-Iran parties lost support, say they’ll reject the results, and are threatening violence.

Iraqis attend a conference organized by the U.S. think tank Center for Peace Communications in Erbil, Iraq, on Sept. 24.

A Pro-Israel Summit in Erbil Breaks New Ground

At great personal risk, Iraqi civil society leaders gather to demand entry into the Abraham Accords.

Two U.S. soldiers walk past a concrete block with a painted-on Iraqi flag as they patrol a neighborhood in Baghdad on Jan. 18, 2008.

20 Years After 9/11, U.S. Global Authority Is Weaker Than Ever

A crisis within Islam spawned al Qaeda. It also put an end to a U.S.-led unipolar world.

U.S. Army 3rd Division Bradley fighting vehicles take up their position.

How the U.S. Got 9/11 Wrong

The lone superpower inadvertently taught the rest of the world how to fight it—and win.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi listens as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks.

Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region.

Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2 and Idris Elba as Bloodsport

‘The Suicide Squad’ Is a Dark Parody of America’s Imperial Fiascos

The supervillain movie demonstrates the possibilities—and limits—of the genre.

U.S. soldiers in Bradley tanks near the Iraq-Syria border

No Matter What Biden Calls U.S. Troops in Iraq, Iran Is Gunning for Them

Relabeling U.S. soldiers as “noncombat” won’t spare them from militia attacks.

An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers.

Iraqi Kurds Keep Faith in U.S. Despite Drawdown

The United States’ longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with “wishful thinking.”

Iraqi prime minister speaks in Berlin.

Will Biden and Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?

At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won’t use Iraq’s independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets with retiring commander of CENTCOM Gen. Tommy Franks (left) in Tampa, Florida, on July 7, 2003.

Donald Rumsfeld Freed the World From ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’

His thinking on arms control proved prescient—but the howls reverberate to this day.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Army's official website on September 11, 2020, shows an Iranian Simorgh drone during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf, near the strategic strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.

U.S. Strikes Point to Growing Iranian Drone Threat

Pentagon planners had been spotting Iran-backed drone attacks targeting U.S. troops for weeks before the strikes.

Joe Biden at the U.S. embassy on Nov. 29, 2011 in Baghdad.

Biden Could Midwife a New Iraq

America’s Iraq War era is over and a new era may dawn—if the United States doesn’t turn its back again.

Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004

For Iraqis, War Is Not a Game

The video game “Six Days in Fallujah” preys on the real-life tragedy of the Iraq War for Western entertainment.

A Saudi man talks on his cell phone under the shade of solar panel at a solar plant in al-Uyayna, north of Riyadh, on March 29, 2018.

Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity

To help weather the coming energy transition, Gulf countries are plowing money in renewable development abroad.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the Muni World conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 14, 2018.

Israel’s Osirak Option

As Netanyahu forms his government, the parallels between the politics that led to a strike on Iraq’s nuclear facility and those that could result in targeting Iran today are clear.

A television screen in the control room of ITV broadcasts a live address by then-U.S. President George W. Bush announcing the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in London on Dec. 14, 2003.

Repeal the President’s Iraq War Powers

It’s been 18 years since the invasion, after all.

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