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Shiite Militias Announce ‘Here I Am, O Husayn’ Campaign for Sunni Ramadi


Shiite militias in Iraq, joined by some Sunni tribal levies, on Tuesday reached a university campus just to the southwest of Ramadi in what is called a “shaping operation” intended to set the stage for an all-out assault.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

Is It the U.S. That Isn’t Stepping Up to Fight Islamic State?


Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows


AP / Jason Redmond

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Polls

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Plan Bee

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Heavy Brother

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Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

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Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi


The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen Gather to Retake Ramadi


Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq Question

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Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?


Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why Does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away From Islamic State?


Baghdad was shaken by the news that the Iraqi army and police in Ramadi ran away from the advancing forces of the Islamic State group (known also as Daesh).

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush and Dubyah

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Dubya and Dubyaer

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Bush Brothers

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Did Jeb Bush Just Commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?


The presidential candidate’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly, in which he said that even if he knew then what we all know now, he would have launched the war on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff


The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program


The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE

Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)


In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders


When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

A Century of Women Working for Peace


One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Assassination as Washington Policy and How It Failed, 1990-2015


The strangest part of the story is that a strategy that achieved the very opposite of its intended goal in the drug wars would later be applied full scale to the war on terror—with exactly the same results.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

‘Still Death’: a Hard-Hitting Poem About Predator Drones (Audio)


Jill McDonough’s poem drives home the idea that when it comes to the many lives taken in our ongoing drone wars, “On the screen or on the ground, death observed is still death.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Young Dubya

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

From Vietnam to Iraq: Turning a Nightmare Into a Fairy Tale


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.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?


A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE

Patriotism

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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)


The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)


Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Iranian Ascendancy


In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Iraqi Sunnis Struggle for Survival Against ISIS


Sunni Muslims who moved back into their neighborhoods in Iraq as five years of violence started to abate in 2008 are being forced out again, “this time mostly by Isis extremists.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

Middle East Policy Under Rand Paul


Although Rand Paul has a reputation as a Libertarian non-interventionist, he isn’t actually either one.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution


In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court


Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

War With Iran, by the Numbers


Iran is 2.5 times more populous than Iraq and much bigger geographically. It is likely that Iran war numbers would be three times those of Iraq, at least.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse


As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Boots on the Ground

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE

America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia


The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?


The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

Journalism as Subversion


The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

Could the Sunni-Shiite Rift Make Tikrit a Pyrrhic Victory?


The foremost Sunni Muslim seat of learning, al-Azhar University in Cairo, has stirred controversy by issuing a considered legal opinion condemning the Shiite militias or “Popular Mobilization Forces” that are now fighting alongside the Iraq army to take Tikrit back from the Islamic State group.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE

Ghosts of Saddam, Saladin & Khomeini: the Historical Meaning Behind the Tikrit Campaign


The Iraqi forces that are surrounding Tikrit 80 miles north of Baghdad are not just Iraqi forces.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy


Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb’s Bushian Speech


(Gage Skidmore CC-BY-SA)

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Bush Epidemic

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Long War of Foreverness

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

In Iraq, Kurds Repel Islamic State With Help of Shiite Militiamen They Distrust


Islamic State (aka Daesh) fighters unsuccessfully moved Monday on Kirkuk and Erbil, two cities patrolled by Iraq’s Kurdish paramilitary, the Peshmerga.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict


Shutterstock

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

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