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Rand Paul: Let’s face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

31 minutes agoUS Politics / Conservative : Hot Air

“I’m worried [Iran] is twice as strong as it was before the Iraq War.”

How The Islamic State's Slick Recruiting Campaign Threatens To Radicalize Americans

5 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State group, highlights an unprecedented marketing effort being waged by the militant group in Iraq and Syria, U.S. law enforcement...Show More Summary

U.S., allies conduct 31 air strikes in Syria, Iraq: U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with five air strikes from Sunday to Monday morning and conducted 26 strikes against the group in Iraq, the U.S. military said.

For Firms in Northern Iraq, Self-Help Should Be Better than None at All

If multinationals were willing to hire PMCs to protect their employees, why did they not use these PMCs to defend their oil fields from ISIS militarily, preventing the fields from falling in the first place?

Religious Freedom And U.S. Foreign Policy Roundtable

Lauren TurekRecent footage from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) showing the brutal executions of imprisoned Ethiopian and Egyptian Christians in Libya has reignited calls to the U.S. government to take action to protect religious minorities abroad. Show More Summary

40 Years Later, Will the End Games in Iraq and Afghanistan Follow the Vietnam Playbook?

How to Turn a Nightmare into a Fairy Tale Cross-posted with If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly -- and it won't be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Show More Summary

Controversial 2006 estimate of Iraq deaths remains controversial

A colleague pointed me to this article by Nafeez Ahmed, published by Insurge Intelligence, which is described as “a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project.” The article discusses surveys that were conducted around 2005 to estimate the number of Iraqis who died during the early stages of the war there. In particular, Ahmed discusses a controversial […]

Gilad, My Enemy: Iran, Iraq, Gaza, Israel, Shia, Sunni, Muslim, Jew

11 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

An endless escalator scaled one of the entrances to the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, to the shrine complex itself. Down below, Shia refugees from the Tel Afar region in the far north, near Mosul, were temporarily sheltered. MajedShow More Summary

From Vietnam to Iraq: Turning a Nightmare Into a Fairtytale

12 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Christian Appy, TomDispatch Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall” while providing silver-lining tributes to good intentions and last-ditch heroism that may come in handy in the years ahead.

Anne Hathaway’s Solo Turn as a Fighter Pilot in ‘Grounded’ at the Public Theater

16 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

The Oscar-winning actress plays a cocky pilot raining bombs down from afar on Iraq and Afghanistan in this play by George Brant, directed by Julie Taymor.

Islamic State Takes Dam And Military Base In Iraq, Killing 127 Iraqi Troops

Islamic State militant fighters have taken control of a water dam and the military barracks that were protecting it in Iraq on Saturday, Reuters reported. The Islamic State fighters in the western Anbar province took the dam after a battle that lasted through the night, according to witnesses. Show More Summary

40 Years On: What the Fall of Saigon Can Tell us About the End of Iraq and Afghanistan

How to turn a nightmare into a fairy tale If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly -- and it won't be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Show More Summary

Commemorating a Disastrous Defeat in WWI, New Zealand Troops are Set to Return to the Middle East

22 hours agoNews : Vice News

New Zealand's government is hoping the 100-year anniversary of the tragic defeat will help sell troop deployment to Iraq.

Franklin Graham Says Obama’s Islamic Upbringing Makes Him Deaf to Christian Suffering

Reverend Franklin Graham didn’t hold back when asked about Obama’s deafening silence regarding the slaughter of Christians throughout the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Highlighting the President’s Muslim upbringing,

If a reporter can go undercover and reveal a smuggling network, why aren't the police and UNESCO doing so?

Much of interest in this story. If the Lagash relief is in fact genuine, and was dug around 2006 in southern Iraq, its appearance for sale on the Turkish border in 2015 reminds us that massive looting occurred between 2003 and 2008 during the US occupation. Show More Summary

Car bombs, suicide attack kill at least 22 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources said.

Iraq Will Export New Crude Grade in May After Setting Discounts

Iraq, OPEC’s second-biggest producer, will start exporting Basrah Heavy crude next month after offering discounts for the new grade in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The post Iraq Will Export New Crude Grade in May After Setting Discounts appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Franklin Graham: Don't Persecute Christians; Persecute Muslims!

Eric Bolling and Franklin Graham are very, very concerned about the Christians living in Iraq now that President Obama is in command. When it was George W. Bush, not so much. Graham's knowledge of the history of Iraq appears to be limited to years beginning January 21, 2009 and beyond. First, the 'secret Muslim' trope. Show More Summary

Internal Investigation Finds Liberal Darling Brian Williams Embellished Stories 11 Times

NBC anchor Brian Williams repeatedly lied about taking fire on a helicopter in Iraq. He also lied about seeing dead bodies float past his hotel in New Orleans while covering Katrina. And the NBC anchor added that he suffered from … Continue reading ?

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