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  1. foreign interests
    Are the U.S. and Iran Inching Toward War?What pundits, analysts, and experts are saying about the dangerous escalating conflict between the U.S. and Iran-backed militant groups.
  2. early and often
    Now It’s Republicans Who Are Divided on Iraq War AuthorizationSenate Democrats split on the original Iraq War authorization while Republicans were united. Twenty years later, a repeal vote divided GOP senators.
  3. early and often
    George W. Bush Iraq-Ukraine Gaffe Raises Unanswerable QuestionsI did not expect the Bush administration to conclude with a Jinx-like confession, and, frankly, I don’t quite know what to make of it.
  4. 9/11: 20 years later
    What 9/11 Did to the Democratic PartyTo this day, Democrats struggle with the fear of looking weak.
  5. 9/11: 20 years later
    Reparations for IraqAmerica’s engagements in Iraq can best be described as a multidecade colonization.
  6. hobby lobby
    DOJ Seizes Stolen Piece of the Epic of Gilgamesh From Hobby LobbyThe company must forfeit a 3,500-year-old clay tablet purchased for over $1.6 million after prosecutors found it was illegally smuggled out of Iraq.
  7. politics
    The Hell Donald Rumsfeld BuiltIraq should be a permanent stain on his name.
  8. international affairs
    U.S. Air Strikes Target Iran-Backed Militias in Syria and IraqThe Pentagon said Biden ordered the strikes in retaliation for recent drone attacks on U.S. personnel by Iran-backed militias.
  9. politics
    George W. Bush Can’t Paint His Way Out of HellThe chilling spectacle of watching the political class redeem a criminal, again.
  10. biden administration
    Biden Approves U.S. Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Militias in SyriaThe Pentagon claims the airstrikes were in retaliation for a prior strike on U.S. forces, and were not intended to escalate hostilities with Iran.
  11. war
    50 U.S. Troops Diagnosed With Brain Injuries As a Result of Iran StrikesLast week, Trump dismissed the soldiers’ injuries as “headaches” that were “not very serious.”
  12. iran
    11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iran’s Retaliatory Strike on January 8: ReportContrasting Trump’s claim that no one was hurt in the strike, service members are reportedly suffering from symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
  13. vision 2020
    Iraq Still MattersBiden’s foreign-policy record should haunt him.
  14. iran
    House Vote Is Unlikely to Curb Trump’s War Powers on IranThanks to many years of Congress ceding war-making powers to the commander-in-chief, Democrats have been left with a very weak hand.
  15. iran
    More Than 50 Dead After Stampede at Qasem Soleimani’s FuneralTragedy strikes in the hometown of the slain commander of Iran’s Quds Force.
  16. iraq
    Trump Admin Drafts Iraq Sanctions to Counter Vote to Expel U.S. Troops: ReportSanctions aren’t normally levied against allies, but very little of the first week of the current crisis in the region could be considered “normal.”
  17. foreign interests
    Trump Administration Accidentally Declares End of War in Iraq“We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure,” the U.S. wrote in a letter to the Iraqi government that it did not intend to send.
  18. iraq
    Read the Letter the Pentagon Accidentally Sent Announcing Withdrawal From IraqAfter a DOD letter emerged stating the U.S. would move troops out of Iraq, the Pentagon said it was a “poorly worded” draft and a “mistake.”
  19. international affairs
    Iraqi Lawmakers Vote to Expel U.S. As Fallout From Soleimani Strike WorsensIraq’s parliament, prime minister, and most powerful religious leader all want America out, and the U.S.-led fight against ISIS has come to a halt.
  20. iran
    U.S. Kills Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Airstrike at Baghdad AirportThe Pentagon confirmed that Trump ordered U.S. forces to kill Iran’s leader of clandestine forces Qasem Soleimani “to protect U.S. personnel abroad.”
  21. world view
    At U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Trump’s Middle East Rhetoric Meets RealityThe attack underscores that Trump’s efforts to hobble Iran and conclude our “endless wars” won’t come to fruition anytime soon.
  22. vision 2020
    Buttigieg’s Sharp Elbows Jab BidenMayor Pete isn’t just going back and forth with Warren and Klobuchar. He’s also apparently trying to get to Biden’s left on national security.
  23. iraq
    Iraqis Storm U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Protest Air StrikesThe U.S. launched mass-casualty air strikes in Iraq in defiance of its government. Now, Iran-backed militants surround the U.S. embassy.
  24. international affairs
    Everything You Need to Know About the Global Protest WaveFrom Lebanon to Chile, demonstrators are taking to the streets to demand changes from their governments.
  25. u.s. military
    Trump Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq, One Spot Where He Isn’t Withdrawing TroopsAmid the uproar over his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan and Syria, President Trump made his first appearance in a combat zone.
  26. 2020 election
    What Is Tulsi Gabbard Fighting For?The war veteran and Democratic congresswoman is a rising star for progressives. But her views on foreign policy illustrate a dilemma on the left.
  27. Strange But True: Headlines From the Middle EastFor years, people have talked about what the Middle East would look like if the United States took a more limited role. That time has come.
  28. U.S. Not Planning to Contribute Money to Iraq Reconstruction: ReportApparently, we can afford to spend $716 billion on our military, but not a penny more on rebuilding in ISIS’s former strongholds.
  29. natural disasters
    Powerful Earthquake Near Iran-Iraq Border Kills HundredsThe 7.3 magnitude earthquake was felt as far away as Israel.
  30. foreign affairs
    Iraqi Forces Seize Kurdish-Held City of KirkukTensions had been high since the Kurds voted for independence from Iraq last month.
  31. foreign policy
    The Kurds’ Long Fight for Independence Is Coming to a HeadA landmark referendum on Monday faces almost universal opposition around the globe. Iraq’s Kurds are proceeding anyway.
  32. american intervention
    The Holocaust Museum Shouldn’t Have Cancelled Its Syria StudyWe need to at least be able to debate the possibility that U.S. intervention often does more harm than good.
  33. Is ISIS’s Elusive Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead?A respected human-rights group says he’s been killed. But ISIS calls it “fake news.” Who’s right?
  34. Iraqi Army Retakes Mosul From ISISThe brutal, months-long offensive has finally “liberated” Iraq’s second-largest city after three years of ISIS control.
  35. foreign policy
    ISIS’s Caliphate Is Collapsing, But Don’t Celebrate Just YetThe jihadi group is losing land and resources. Defeating its nihilistic philosophy remains a much taller order.
  36. ISIS Allegedly Destroyed Mosul Mosque Where Its Leader Declared ‘Caliphate’Iraqi and coalition forces blame ISIS; ISIS blames the U.S.-led coalition.
  37. trump administration
    Jared Kushner Went to Iraq Because the Pentagon Knows How Trump Operates“You have to understand where the levers are,” said a defense official. “You don’t have to like it, but that is where they are.”
  38. awful things
    U.S. Acknowledges Mosul Air Strike That May Have Killed HundredsAs many as 200 civilians may have been killed when three houses collapsed after a coalition attack on ISIS militants in the area.
  39. Trump Signs New Travel Ban, Addressing But Not Eliminating Legal QuestionsThe new ban “cures” the more obvious legal problems of the original, but is still vulnerable to the charge that its intent is a “Muslim ban.”
  40. There Were Two Major Victories Against ISIS in Iraq and SyriaIraqi forces retake most of Mosul airport, while Turkish-backed Syrian rebels expel the extremist group from al-Bab.
  41. Cleaning Up After Trump, Mattis Says U.S. Won’t Steal Iraqi OilThe Defense Secretary arrives in Baghdad as a part of his world tour of walking back Trump statements.
  42. Iraqi Government Forces Are About to Cross Into MosulBreaching the city lines after three weeks of fighting.
  43. Kurdish Fighters Have Retaken at Least 9 Towns on the Outskirts of MosulSome footage from the front lines is streaming on Facebook.
  44. war on terror
    The Battle to Liberate Mosul From ISIS Has BegunThe fight is expected to last weeks, if not months, and may lead to an enormous humanitarian crisis.
  45. U.S. to Send Another 600 Troops to Iraq Ahead of Push to Retake MosulBrings the total up to about 5,000.
  46. awful things
    At Least 120 Dead After ISIS Car-Bomb Attack on Baghdad Shopping DistrictIt’s the third major terror attack in a Muslim country that has been linked to ISIS in less than a week.
  47. international affairs
    Protesters Breach Green Zone and Storm Parliament in BaghdadThe political unrest in Iraq appears to be intensifying. 
  48. awful things
    ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills 41 at Soccer Game in IraqAlmost half of those killed were teenage boys.
  49. Two ISIS-Controlled Cities Just Got Closer to LiberationMosul in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria are getting put on the road to freedom. 
  50. Widow of ISIS Leader Arrested for Kayla Mueller KidnappingShe is being held in Iraq for terrorism-related activities.
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