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Iraq Recovers Areas of Fallujah From Islamic State


With the help of U.S.-led airstrikes, Iraqi troops wrested parts of the city from Islamic State in an operation that risks a hostage situation involving tens of thousands of civilians.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE
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Modern Mongols: Sunni Arabs Outraged at Iran Role in Iraqi Government Fallujah Campaign


Fallujah fell to Islamic State in January of 2014, and I think it is fair to say that there is much more angst in the Sunni Arab world about its liberation at the hands of Iran-backed Shiites than there has been about Islamic State’s brutal occupation of the city.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE

A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’


Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

Baghdad on Lockdown, Not in Fear of Islamic State but of Poor Protesters


Baghdad was a ghost town on Saturday as security forces fanned out, blocking key roads into the Green Zone, the area downtown, closed off by blast walls, that houses Parliament and foreign embassies.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE

Baghdad Takes Rutba From Islamic State; Jordan-Iraq Commercial Route to Reopen (Video)


Iraqi forces have taken Rutba in al-Anbar province, nearly 200 miles west of the provincial capital, Ramadi, which is also now in government hands (though much of its population is displaced).

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Poof! It’s Forgotten: The Snapchat Version of American Victory


I hope you’ll forgive me if I suggest that the Iraq-Syria War against Islamic State is being conveyed to us via Snapchat. Important things happen, they appear in front of us, and then ... POOF! They’re gone.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Surprise! Despite Syria-Iraq Turmoil, Major Mideast Economies Are Growing at 3 to 4 percent (Video)


When you hear only bad news from a place, you form a negative opinion of it.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE

‘Chaos & Caliphate’: Sanctions, Revolutions and Sectarian War


Excerpts from a new book chronicling a quarter-century of struggle in the Greater Middle East introduce us to a man who risks life and limb defusing land mines for a pittance, and to an idea about the best hope to stop the civil war in Syria.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

Baghdad’s Government Paralysis Made the Capital Vulnerable to Massive Islamic State Bombings (Video)


Islamic State launched a series of suicide car and truck bombs in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and wounding nearly 200.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE

To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill


By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE

Searing Heat May Spark Climate Exodus


Temperatures in the Middle East and North Africa could reach unbearably high levels that would make some regions uninhabitable and increase the pressure on climate refugees.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE

From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought


President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s 2007 piece recalling the bombings.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE

Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region


Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

Al-Qaida Everywhere: U.S. Support for Oppressive Governments Made Bin Laden’s Killing Moot (Video)


I think we may conclude that the decapitation strategy of dealing with al-Qaida does not work and has never worked.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

The End of American Iraq: Poor Shiites Invade Parliament Over the Corrupt ‘Spoils System’


Baghdad was in a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the Parliament building, briefly imprisoning parliamentarians in the chamber (and some in a basement) before letting them go.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE

One Major High and Many Lows in Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

The leading Republican presidential candidate called out the massive ruin caused by the “dangerous idea” that the U.S. “could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

If Islamic State Falls Before November, How Will It Affect the U.S. Election?


GOP front-runner Donald Trump openly attributes his success at the polls to the terrorist attacks on Paris last fall, in which Islamic State was involved. But what if the group falls this summer or autumn?

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE

The Lie of Patriotism


A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE

How Bush-Cheneyism Made Mideast in Its Image: Wars, the War on Terror, With Us or Against Us


Thirteen years after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, it is worth considering its full impact on this country and on the region.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts


Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use


“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE

As a Bomb Kills 60, Is the Iraq Army Preparing for Armageddon With Islamic State? (Video)


Islamic State has claimed credit for a truck bombing in the largely Shiite city of Hilla that killed 60 people on Sunday and is considered one of the worst terrorist attacks in that city.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE

The Useful Side of Trump


If the durability of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has taken the political world by surprise, the sources of his electoral strength are no mystery. And the support he’s winning reflects a crisis not only for the Republican and conservative coalitions, but also for the political system as a whole.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE

George W. Bush, Who Mirrored and Inflamed Public Passions, Attacks Donald Trump for Doing It (Video)


George W. Bush came out of political exile on Monday to be his brother Jeb’s surrogate in attacking Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE

Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton


The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

‘The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World’


Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE

A Civil War Story About Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement


The task of the peace movement, now as during the Vietnam War, is to provide an alternative to the story Americans are being told about Islamic State. Muslims are fighting a civil war, and Washington’s job is to adopt policies most likely to keep Americans safe.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

The Final Breakup of Iraq? Barzani Calls for Kurdistan Referendum


Barzani Masoud, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, has called for an immediate nonbinding referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan over whether its people want to secede from Iraq and form an independent Kurdish state.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

Denmark to Refugees: Want In? Hand Over Those Valuables


Those seeking asylum in Denmark will have to pay to stay, following a referendum Tuesday that established new guidelines for refugees, including stipulations about handing over certain personal belongings upon arrival.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

Will American ‘Successes’ Lead to More Iraqi Military Failures?


There’s good news coming out of Iraq ... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed


Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows


Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

You Won’t Like It, but Here’s the Answer on Islamic State


Some advice for your presidential candidate of choice—whoever he or she might be. Just don’t expect it to necessarily be an easy sell to all Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE

Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting


When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous ‘New’ Base Plan


The Obama administration’s consideration of a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East confirms that the military intends to stay in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Thwarted Territorially in Ramadi, Islamic State Reverts to Terrorism in Baghdad


One of the problems Iraq and Syria will face as Islamic State is gradually rolled back from its territorial acquisitions is that it will demobilize its conventional forces and return to being a terrorist organization.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE

Weapons Industry Revenue Forecaster Enthuses Over Global Turmoil


Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE

American Artists Against War


Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

Iraqi Shiites Up in Arms, Claim Saudi Arabia Is ‘Spying on Behalf of Islamic State’


Saudi Arabia’s execution on Saturday of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has so far not created a crisis between Riyadh and the Shiite-dominated Baghdad government. But Saudi Arabia’s name with the rank-and-file Shiites and parliamentary backbenchers is mud.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE

The American Empire: Murder Inc.


Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE

Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015


It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE

Eyes Are on Mosul Next as Iraqi Army Advances in Ramadi in Face of Stiff Islamic State Resistance


Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Friday that after the city of Ramadi was recovered from Islamic State, the Iraqi army would go on to liberate Mosul.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE

Congress Now Has Less Oversight of Drone Strikes


The U.S. military has taken greater charge of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, effectively reducing congressional scrutiny and leaving officials, lawmakers and activists fearful of increased civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

If Defeating Islamic State Is So Important, Why Isn’t Ramadi Campaign All We’re Talking About?


Given the large number of vehement pronouncements by U.S. presidential candidates about the dire threat from Islamic State, and attacks on President Obama for not doing more, you would think that the American public would be hanging on every word about any progress against the radical organization.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE

Shiite Iraqi Politicians Denounce Turkish ‘Invasion’ and Call for Aerial Bombardment


Sources in the Turkish military announced Saturday that about 150 Turkish troops had been placed into northern Iraq along with 20 to 25 tanks.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE

In Address About San Bernardino Attack, President Obama Lays Out Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State


Obama sought to convince Americans, including his opponents, that he is capable of handling this phase of the global conflict by pressing forward with a multipart strategy.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE

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