Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

Haidar al-Abadi (Shutterstock)

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?

Protesters in Basra

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  

The Legacy of Infinite War

Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee

by Nick Turse Raids by U.S. commandos in Afghanistan. (I could be talking about 2001 or 2018.) A U.S. drone strike in Yemen. (I could be talking about 2002 or 2018.) Missions by Green Berets in Iraq. (I could be talking about 2003 or 2018.) While so much about… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Paramilitary Groups

Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq (Wikimedia Commons)

by International Crisis Group At the end of 2017, when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), he thanked not just the state’s armed forces but also an array of autonomous armed groups.… Continue Reading