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Iraq PM 'retires' army chief as security crisis deepens

General Babaker Zebari, who has been in the job for a decade, retires as PM Abadi acknowledges military's failures.

Congress Voted Against Directly Arming Iraq's Kurds. Here's What That Means For The ISIS Fight.

14 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's strategy for combating the extremist Islamic State group is still evolving. But for some members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, one flaw in the plan has been clear for months: All of the...Show More Summary

A Year Ago Today, ISIS Announced Its Plan to Create an Islamic State

Today marks one year since ISIS, AKA the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, announced that it was officially changing its title to the Islamic State and would establish a Sunni Muslim caliphate in Syria and Iraq. The declaration arrived...Show More Summary

Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after Islamic State declared a caliphate on territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a U.S.-led coalition but remains a potent force holding key cities, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The Struggle For Weapons On The Frontline (Extra Scene from ‘The Road To Mosul’)

18 hours agoNews : Vice News

Watch "Peshmerga vs. the Islamic State: The Road to Mosul (Full Length)" A year after the Islamic State's lightning conquest of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, the poorly-trained and equipped Kurdish peshmerga forces are the international coalition's only reliable boots on the ground in northern Iraq. Show More Summary

U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Iraq, Syria: U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged six air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and 17 strikes against the militant group in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

Jeb Bush Enlists Family in Cash Appeal (but Not His Brother)

As he campaigns to solicit donations from supporters, Mr. Bush has tried to keep his distance from his brother after struggling to defend his policies in Iraq.

Grexit May Be Merkel's Biggest Risk Yet

20 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters) - "If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq. Whether it will ever be fair to blame Angela Merkel for...Show More Summary

The Pottery Barn Rule Updated

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration's top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them. Show More Summary

America's Got War

Poverty, Drugs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terror, or How to Make War on Everything Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. Show More Summary

America's Got War

Poverty, Drugs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terror, or How to Make War on Everything Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. Show More Summary

On Saved Games and Best Practices

Some conjecture… Every player of the popular video game Civilization knows to hit the save button before engaging in the risky, stupid invasion of foreign country. In the case of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, it became apparent after the first few months that the war was not working out as its framers had envisioned.  […]

ISIS Marks One Year of 'Islamic Caliphate,' Says Allah Will Award '10 Times as Much' to Jihadists Who Die During Ramadan

Terror group ISIS has marked one year since the establishment of its self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate in the territory of Iraq and Syria. The militants marked the occasion by calling for more jihadist attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, claiming that allah will reward jihadists who die with "10 times as much" during the period.

A 12-Step Program to Cure America of Its War Addiction

It's time to admit we have a problem. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com  here. War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The...Show More Summary

Cameron: IS militants are plotting 'terrible' attacks in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday that Islamic State militants based in Syria and Iraq were planning specific attacks against Britain, saying they posed an existential threat to the West.

America’s “Wars on . . .” have become an unhealthy Addiction

By William J. Astore | (Tomdispatch.com) | – – War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is…

Noted for Your Nighttime Procrastination for June 28, 2015

Must- and Should-Reads: Must-Read: Francesco Saraceno: [It’s the Politics, Stupid!](http://equitablegrowth.org/?p=12061) Must-Read: Robert Farley: [The Ultimate 'What If': A World Where America Never Invaded Iraq](http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-ultimate-what-if-world-where-america-never-invaded-iraq-13206)...Show More Summary

Tomgram: William Astore, "Hi, I'm Uncle Sam and I'm a War-oholic"

yesterdayNews : TomDispatch

War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war...

Cautious Merkel on verge of biggest risk with 'Grexit'

BERLIN (Reuters) - "If you break it, you own it," former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq.

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