Iraq

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Iraq’s President Barham Salih and his wife, Sarbagh Salih, during a private audience at the Vatican on Nov. 24, 2018.

The Pope Is on a Mission to Heal Post-Genocide Iraq

The Roman pontiff is traveling with a message of peace to a country where the Christian population has been decimated.

From left: Reporter Kate Webb in 1968; reporter Frances Fitzgerald on May 1, 1973; and photographer Catherine Leroy about to jump with the 173rd Airborne during
Operation Junction City in South Vietnam on Feb. 22, 1967.
Bettmann Archive/Getty Images/Bob Cole/Catherine Leroy Fund

How 3 Women Broke Into the Uber-Macho World of War Reporting

“You Don’t Belong Here” tells the story of three trailblazers who cleared the way for generations of female journalists after them.

Troops of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade disembark from Chinook CH-47 helicopters during military exercises near Hohenfels, Gerrmany, on Aug. 10, 2020.

Trump’s Worst 2 Military Mistakes for Biden to Fix

Some policies may be worth keeping, but Trump’s handling of allies and withdrawals from conflict zones are not among them.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

The Capitol Coup Attempt Was the Far-Right’s Opening Shot

Jan. 6 was a classic example of propaganda by the deed—a revolutionary approach favored by everyone from 19th-century anarchists to Osama bin Laden.

Iraqis lit candles in memory of demonstrators who lost their lives as they mark the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests at Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Oct. 1, 2020.

Iraq’s Disappearance From Biden’s Agenda Is a Big Mistake

Upcoming elections offer an opportunity to turn Iraq around—and contain Iran in the process.

Janine di Giovanni in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The First Draft of History

Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy.

A member of the airport personnel moves a trolley as they unload 60 tons of humanitarian supplies from USAID from a plane at the airport in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 2, 2014.

Personnel Cuts Leave USAID With Skeleton Crew to Monitor Nearly $1 Billion of Aid Programs in Iraq

After a drawdown of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered another cut in response to threats from Iran.

Members of the Iraqi security forces wearing protective masks and gloves stand guard in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square on May 5.

Iraq’s Economic Collapse Could Be Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Headache

If the Iraqi government fails to pay state workers’ salaries in January, it could lead to widespread instability and violence. The United States and the international community must shore up Baghdad’s finances before it’s too late.

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 25 miles south of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on Oct. 16, 2017.

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.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his planned nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, look on during an event introducing key foreign-policy and national security members of the incoming Biden-Harris administration in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 24.

Say No, Joe

On U.S. foreign policy, there’s no going back to the status quo.

A suspected Islamic State jihadi in Iraq

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.

Iraqis demonstrate against corruption and lack of services on Sept. 7, 2018, in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.

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.

A power plant in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah.

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.

A picture shows the U.S. embassy complex, still under construction, in the heavily fortified Green Zone, on the west bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad on Oct. 11, 2007.

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.

An Iraqi protester uses his phone to film another next to burning tires while blocking a road during a demonstration against corruption and lack of services in the southern city of Basra on Jan.  11, 2019.

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.

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.

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