Creating Sunnistan: Foreign Affairs Calls for Syria and Iraq to be Balkanized


On the 29th of November, 2015, Foreign Affairs – the publication of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – published an article titled: Divide and Conquer in Syria and Iraq; Why the West Should Plan for a Partition

McCain is Playing Chicken With Baghdad


According to the Iraq Press Agency, the head of the Iraqi parliamentary bloc Irada, Hannan al-Fetlaui stated that up to 100,00 foreign troops are headed to Iraq. Up to 90,000 are going to be sent by the Arab and Gulf States to Iraq to fight the Islamic State…

Should Russia Really Be Involved in the Iraqi Conflict?


The assault against Islamist forces in Syria that was launched by Russia’s warplanes and Syrian regular troops led to what can be easily described as a major victory – ISIL militants are now fleeing to Iraq. Yet the question over  what should be…

What Fate Awaits Iraq Once ISIL Got Beaten in Syria


While Russian warplanes obliterate ISIL positions along with other terrorist organizations in Syria, targeting their Turkey-linked supply lines and oil infrastructure, the regular Syrian army, supported by Iranian special forces…

Aggravation of Internal Political Situation in Iraqi Kurdistan


A wave of protests in a form of rallies and demonstrations has being gaining momentum in the northeastern Iraqi province of Sulaymaniyah since October 9 of this year. Protest participants demand that the regional authorities would immediately and effectively…

Russia’s Military Campaign – Next Stop Iraq


After losing all hope that the US and its allies would save Iraq from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIL), and heartened by the actions of televised Russian military intervention on behalf of Syria against ISIL, Baghdad is now taking under serious consideration…

What If Russia Is Asked to Fly Air Cover for Iraqi Forces?


The Iraqi military has taken a brutal beating in its battles against ISIL. Even with the support of American and coalition airpower, the Iraqis have lost untold material and territory since ISIL overran much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland these last months. News now that…

A Joint Anti-ISIL Information Center is Opening in Baghdad


The agree- ment between Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq on the creation of an information center to coordinate the fight against ISIL in Baghdad has received an extensive amount of media coverage in Iraq. As for the legal aspect of this step, local…

Who is to Be Blamed for the War in Iraq?


The political elites of the United Kingdom are repelled by the very thought that the results of an investigation on their criminal policies in the Middle East may one day go public. Therefore, they are throwing a monkey-wrench into the activities of an independent…

Iraqi Daily Show Ridicules ISIS


Meat Ahmed Albasheer – the author and host of the Iraqi satirical television “daily” show. For many Albasheer is a second Mister Bean, the role played by a British actor Robert Atkinson who impersonated the image of this legendary pop culture idol, and it’s…

Iraq in the Shadow of American “Democracy”


A highly interesting and instructive communiqué has drawn the attention of many Arabists. The office of the President of Iraqi Kurdistan issued a statement on June 24 saying that President Massoud Barzani met with the US Ambassador to Baghdad Stuart Jones, US Council…

ISIL Seeks Ways to Acquire WMD


Nobody will dispute the fact that ISIL militants are heavily armed. According to Conflict Armament Research, the arsenal of these radicals includes American automatic rifles along with Chinese anti-tank missiles and machine guns. A considerable percentage of these…

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