No going back for Iraq after ISIS offensive, Kurdistan PM says

Jun 17, 2014

No going back for Iraq after ISIS offensive, Kurdistan PM says

It will be “almost impossible” for Iraq to return to how it was before the sweeping gains by jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the prime minister of the Kurdistan region warned on Tuesday. Nechirvan Barzani told the ...

Jun 17, 2014

Sectarian monster reawakens

by Ramzy Baroud

The systematic political marginalization of Iraq's Sunni communities demands the establishment of a new political and social contract to re-order the mess created by the U.S. invasion and Iran's intervention.

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Jun 16, 2014

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to insurgents in the country’s north. The town of Tal Afar, ...

Chaos threatens Obama legacy of ending wars

Jun 16, 2014

Chaos threatens Obama legacy of ending wars

From the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said confidently, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.” But less than three weeks after his May 27 ...

Unleashed Shiite militias could fracture Iraq

Jun 16, 2014

Unleashed Shiite militias could fracture Iraq

Emboldened by a call to arms by a top Shiite cleric, Iranian-backed militias have moved quickly to the center of Iraq’s political landscape, spearheading what its Shiite majority sees as a fight for survival against Sunni militants who control large swaths of territory north ...

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

| Jun 16, 2014

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

Working in secret, European diplomats drew up the borders that have defined the Middle East’s nations for nearly a century — but now civil war, sectarian bloodshed and leadership failures threaten to rip that map apart. In the decades since independence, Arab governments have ...