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.

Iraqi men unload USAID supplies north of Baghdad.

Fears Mount as Trump Administration Guts USAID’s Iraq Presence

A senior lawmaker fears drastically reduced U.S. diplomatic and aid footprint could pave the way for Islamic State comeback.

A French soldier, part of the international coalition against the Islamic State, stands guard near Al-Qaim in western Iraq on Feb. 9, 2019.

Big Ideas for NATO’s New Mission in Iraq

Sharing the burden of keeping down the Islamic State makes sense. But U.S. and NATO leaders should be coldly realistic about what European allies can do—and avoid their mistakes in Afghanistan.

Iraqi demonstrators lift a poster of premier-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi

Iraq Needs Regime Change Again

Musical chairs in the Iraqi parliament can no longer solve the country's problems.

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U.N. Faults Iraq for Islamic State Prosecutions

Report cites “serious concerns that basic fair trial standards were not respected.”

Three Iraqi Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons

Iraqi F-16s Could Be in Jeopardy Amid Iran Tensions

Sensitive U.S. technology feared vulnerable to Iranian-backed militias after contractors evacuate Balad air base.

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk in front of posters of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the spiritual leader of the Shiite community Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement Hasan Nasrallah during their procession from the holy Iraqi city of Najaf to the central shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 12, 2019.

Washington Doesn’t Understand Shiite Clerics in Iran or Iraq

U.S. officials who praise Iraqi Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani while denouncing Iran’s supreme leader fail to grasp that the two clerical leaders have a shared interest in resisting outside threats.

Protesters hold posters showing Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani during a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on Jan. 5.

The U.S. Can Deter Iran but Not Its Proxies

Rash action by Tehran-connected groups could provoke an escalatory cycle.

A view of the damage at Ain al-Assad military air base

More U.S. Troops Treated for Concussion Symptoms as Trump Downplays ‘Headaches’

Veterans criticize president for dismissing possibility that U.S. personnel suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran missile strike.

Iraqi mourners gather at the Shaheed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr Bridge in Basra, Iraq, on Jan. 7, 2019, as they welcome the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran.

Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.

The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.

A picture taken during a press tour organized by the U.S.-led coalition shows U.S. soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Assad military airbase in Anbar province, Iraq, on Jan. 3.

The Iraqi Military Won’t Survive a Tug of War Between the United States and Iran

Sectarian tensions have already hobbled the force. The competition between Washington and Tehran could break it.

Protesters demonstrate against Trump’s Iran policy outside the White House on Jan. 7.

Praise for the Suleimani Strike Isn’t Based in Reality

The ideological architects of one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign-policy decisions—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—are spinning a tale to support Trump’s most dangerous move to date.

A Yemeni artist sitting atop the rubble of a collapsed buiding, plays the aoud during a street performance in Yemen's third city of Taez, on December 6, 2019.

Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media

Coverage of Suleimani’s killing shows locals are still silenced.

U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, then-head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 27, 2018.

‘We Will Have to Wait and See if Iran Is Done’

Former Centcom commander says the United States would be mistaken to take Iran’s word that it does not seek escalation.

U.S. forces stand guard on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Jan. 1.

For Now, U.S. Troops Are Likely in Iraq to Stay

While they’re there, the United States should refocus the partnership toward making the Iraqi Army more self-sufficient. Here’s how.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks

Trump’s Defense Secretary Finds His Voice in Iran Crisis

Overshadowed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until now, the relative newcomer Mark Esper has played a central role in the U.S. response.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran

Flanked by Military Brass, Trump Backs Off War Footing

President announces he’s imposing new sanctions in response to Iranian missile strike.

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