Iraq’s So-Called ISIS Families

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by Belkis Wille Across Iraq, there are men, women and children – perhaps over 100,000 if one extrapolates from statistics the government has issued on people detained on terror charges – that society has labeled “ISIS families.” In some cases,… Continue Reading  

MbS: The New Saddam of Arabia?

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by Emile Nakhleh As Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has terrorized his opponents at home and abroad, fear has spread within the Saudi kingdom. Has he become the new Saddam of Arabia? As Iraq’s Saddam Hussein did in the 1980s, MbS is… Continue Reading  

Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

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by Paul R. Pillar Syria is getting most of the attention these days as a Middle Eastern cockpit of competition among outside powers, with one of the latest moves being the Trump administration’s indefinite extension of the U.S. military presence… Continue Reading  

Are Iran and Iraq Headed toward Another Conflict?

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by Shireen T. Hunter    The latest protests in Iraq have taken a distinctly anti-Iran character, as shown by the attack on Iran’s consulate in Basra. According to reports in Iranian and some Iraqi news outlets, the Iraqi security authorities… Continue Reading  

Pushing Beirut And Baghdad To Comply With Iran Sanctions Is Risky Business

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

by Imad K. Harb President Donald Trump has reimposed an old set of American sanctions on Iran, as well as new ones following his abandonment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last May. For regional neighbours Lebanon and Iraq,… Continue Reading