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Iraq Requests Helicopter Sustainment Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for aviation sustainment support, on-the-job maintenance training and maintenance advice and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $500 million. […]

Obama Sued: House Authorizes Lawsuit Against President With 225-201 Vote

Argentina defaults; Russia, Ukraine, Libya, Israel, Gaza, Iraq all in a state of (hot or otherwise) war, and now Obama is getting sued. MT: @AP_Politics MORE: House authorizes GOP-led plan to sue Obama alleging he exceeded constitutional powers — The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2014 And from Reuters: The Republican-led U.S. Show More Summary

Securing al-Sham: Syria and the Violence in Iraq

11 hours agoMiddle East / Syria : Eighth Gate

June 25, 2014 SNAPSHOT By Andrew J. Tabler U prooting the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) from the swath of territory it now holds between Aleppo and Baghdad will take a lot more than airstrikes or a change of government in Iraq. Show More Summary

Iraq Wants Hellfires – Lots and Lots of Them

AGM-114 Hellfires(click to view full) As Iraq’s civil war heated up, the country found itself running out of laser-guided Hellfire missiles by mid-June. That prompted emergency shipments from the USA, but it also prompted a July trial balloon about shipping Iraq several thousand Hellfire missiles. By the end of July, the State Department felt confident […]

ISIS Occupied or Destroyed All Christian Institutions in Mosul

For over 2,000 years, Christians and Muslims lived in peace in Mosul, Iraq, the country's largest city. That all changed on June 10, 2014 when the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, invaded the city and evicted its Christian population. Show More Summary

As Christians Are Purged and Murdered, Obama Stands by the Muslims by Pretending They Helped Build the “Very Fabric” of America

He did say he would “stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” The winds couldn’t get much uglier than they are now. Enabled by Obama’s withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, the Islamic State (a.k.a....Show More Summary

Archbishop of Lyon Visits North Iraq; France Offers Asylum, Holds Rallies in Support of Christians in Iraq

Cardinal Philip Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, travelled to north Iraq to meet with Christian refugees, who were expelled from Mosul. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, purged Mosul of all its Christians and imposed Sharia law. Show More Summary

Iraq Requests Missiles, Aviation Support from US

Iraq’s government would like to procure more Hellfire missiles [US DSCA] as well as helicopter sustainment services from the US. In the meantime ISIS is busy establishing Shari’a law, and a modicum of governmental services, in the northern city of Mosul. Institute for the Study of War. And the Pentagon is deeply offended by the […]

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

15 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

BAGHDAD (AP) — European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.

Failure in Iraq, and the Coming Failure in Afghanistan, Explained

The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia. The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored [...]

Soldier’s Home Demolished While On Active Duty In Iraq

A soldier’s home was demolished over alleged code violations while he was on active duty in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Jesus Jimenez has been embroiled in two major fights over the past seven years, the war on terror in the Middle East and one back home with Miami-Dade County in Florida. Jesus Jimenez, 37, was in

From Russia, With Love - How Exxon Mobil Made The Right Move In Moscow

By Options Calling: Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), the most valued oil company in the world, is not a stranger to sidestepping U.S. policies in pursuit of the company's own interests. XOM invested in Kurdistan, Iraq a couple of years ago, despite angering both Washington and Baghdad, is one such example. Show More Summary

Report: Jihadists Destroy Historic St. George Mausoleum in Mosul

Jihadist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed the mausoleum of St. George, the city’s patron saint, in Mosul, according to L’Osservatore Romano. The same group took over Mosul in June, forcing Christians to leave the city. Show More Summary

A Well-Oiled Caliphate

In Charlie Cooper’s estimation, ISIS is handling governance surprisingly well. Part of that is down to its control of strategic resources: Currently, it controls many of Iraq’s northern oilfields and is in a strong position to take its largest refinery at Baiji. On top of this, three weeks ago, IS took over Syria’s largest oilfield […]

Will Today’s Senate Hearing Help End Gun Violence Against Women?

Between 2001 and 2012, 6,410 women in the U.S. were killed by an intimate partner with a gun - more than the number of U.S. troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Too often, gender is overlooked in discussions of gun violence.

Only America Can Save Iraq's Last Christians

In recent years, Iraq's Christians have experienced relentless persecution by various extremist groups, and, along with a civil conflict in which the Christians remain neutral, it has taken a hard toll on their numbers.

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