Afghan militia gather in Afghanistan.

America Doesn’t Control the Forever Wars

The slow fall of the nation-state’s monopoly on violence will shape future conflicts.

Anti-Taliban forces train.

Afghan Insurgents Are a Dead End

Rebuilding U.S. standing requires an end to backing militants abroad.

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet at a ceremony to repatriate it to Iraq.

When Will the West Truly Decolonize Its Museums?

The recent repatriation of artifacts to Iraq sets a promising precedent—but it’s not nearly enough.

Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission conducts a manual recount of votes.

Iraqi Voters Want Weaker Militias and a Stronger State

Election results show citizens want a government that can stand on its own without being propped up by Iran, the United States, or shadowy militias.

Muqtada al-Sadr drives a car.

Muqtada al-Sadr Is the United States’ Best Hope

The Shiite cleric was once Washington’s bitter enemy in Iraq—and now offers the best chance of securing U.S. interests.

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.

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