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  

Iraq’s Oil Union Defends Protesters

Hashmeya Alsaadawe on Iraqi TV

by David Bacon As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest… Continue Reading  

Foolish Wars Have Consequences

The destruction of the Great Mosque in Mosul (Wikimedia Commons)

by James J. Zogby  Fifteen years ago, we were still in the early stages of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, “the war that would change everything.” Looking at the Middle East today, I feel an overwhelming sadness as… Continue Reading  

Trump’s War with the Intelligence Community Is Not About Peace

HR McMaster (Wikimedia Commons)

by Charles Davis When the most powerful and belligerent man in the world began casually exploring the idea of invading Venezuela—this, after Caracas’s state-owned oil company gave $500,000 to the U.S. president’s inauguration party—it was an establishment general, H.R. McMaster,… Continue Reading