Articles tagged with: Iraq

David Patrikarakos
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on : Friday, 11 Jul, 2014

Tehran Wades into Iraq’s Crisis

Qassem Suleimani was only a young soldier in the Iran–Iraq War when he led Iranian troops through Iraqi minefields, stealing the odd goat along the way, and earning the respect even of the enemy. Today, Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, the special forces unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is marching Iran through a very different minefield. As soon as the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had swept through large parts of northern Iraq and captur...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Thursday, 10 Jul, 2014

Dancing in Kirkuk

On a baking hot Monday afternoon just before the start of Ramadan, a group of teenagers filed into a dilapidated sports hall in Kirkuk. There was no air-conditioning and no watercooler, and the sweat dripped down their faces as they started to dance. But they beamed ecstatic smiles despite the heat and their exhaustion. “Whoever believes in Mohammed will be watching!” shouted Hassan Qadr by way of tough-love encouragement. The dancers barely needed reminding of that. The gro...

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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 9 Jul, 2014

Yesterday’s Enemies, Tomorrow’s Friends?

When I visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007, my host, a leading Kurdish official, asked me when Turkey was going to invade the KRG. Tod...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Tuesday, 8 Jul, 2014

Ankara’s Bad News

The release on Thursday of thirty-two Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mosul last month came as something of a surprise for some...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Monday, 30 Jun, 2014

Iraq receives Russian fighter jets to help quell ISIS advance

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq has received five Sukhoi-25 fighter aircraft from Russia as it seeks to contain the advance of extremist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Monday, 23 Jun, 2014

Sunni Arab tribes will take control of Anbar within “two days”—Islamic Army founder

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Sunni Arab tribal fighters will “take full control” of Iraq’s restive Anbar province within the next two days, according to Ahmad Al-Dabash, the foun...

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Bashdar Pusho Ismaeel
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

Counting on the Kurds

Large shockwaves are reverberating across Iraq and the whole Middle East as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues its sweep through large parts of northern Iraq....

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Monday, 16 Jun, 2014

Eyewitness: Mosul prison guards hid and ran from ISIS

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters “liberated” prisons in Mosul after soldiers and guards abandoned their posts, a Saudi national who was...

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James Denselow
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on : Tuesday, 10 Jun, 2014

Bartering over Iraq’s Future

Elections in Iraq have become a test of acquiring and maintaining power rather than a national debate as to how power could or should be exercised in the best interests of the ...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 6 Jun, 2014

ISIS bolsters presence in eastern Syria, advances towards Iraq

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to gain ground in eastern Syria, raising fears that the Al-Qaeda-inspired group in Syria will be able...

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