29 June 2017
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By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Asharq al-Awsat - About a year ago, US President Barack Obama attempted to justify Washington’s different approach on the crises in Iraq and Syria. While drones, military consultants, and arms have been sent to Iraq, only humanitarian aid—blankets, medicines, supplies—have been sent to Syria. Back then, Obama said his administration was committed to Iraq’s security because the country has strategic value for the US. Regarding the US position on Syria he said meanwhile that it would remain…
ASHARQ AL-AWSAT/Written by : Tariq Alhomayed- Since the emergence of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), we have heard one refrain of politspeak be repeated at any and every meeting between Arab and Western officials, particularly US officials: “The two sides agreed on the need for coordination in the fight against ISIS,” or something along these lines. This, of course, is all well and good, but what about other terrorist organizations? It is puzzling that there are…

Losing in Iraq Again Saturday, 23 May 2015 08:50

Pentagon spin can’t hide that the U.S. strategy is failing The Wall Street Journal - No matter how much the Pentagon and White House downplay it, the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State on Sunday shows that President Obama’s strategy is failing. The question now is whether Mr. Obama has the political courage to change or watch Iraq descend into more chaos and perhaps a Sunni-Shiite civil war. For now U.S. officials prefer the sunny days school of military analysis.…

The continuous rise of ISIS Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:43

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed Al Arabiya -The capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, Ramadi, has fallen to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), almost a year after the fall of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province. What we are confronting in ISIS is a cancerous state that is expanding and becoming more dangerous in both Iraq and Syria, and threatening Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Ramadi fell due to the same mistakes that led to the fall of Mosul. The entire…
By Tallha Abdulrazaq Middle East Monitor - In the darkness of the early hours of this morning, the Adhamiya district in Baghdad blazed brightly in hues of orange and red as it was engulfed in the flames of sectarian saboteurs and terrorists. By the Shia-majority government's own claims, sectarian Shia militias and terrorists led by Shia clerics attacked the Sunni neighbourhood, setting alight homes, businesses, property and local government buildings. Adhamiya is a Sunni district on the eastern bank of…

Iraq Needs ‘Decisive Storm’ Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:57

‘Coalition Take Fight To Iran’ Arab Times/By Jacob Campbell - If Barack Obama has taught the Arab world anything, it is surely that the United States is a weak-willed and perfidious ally. Whether by acceding to Iranian negotiators’ every demand in nuclear talks, or by facilitating the ethnic cleansing of Sunni Arabs by Iranian militias in Iraq, Obama seems hell-bent on making the Islamic Republic, in his own words, “a very successful regional power.” The Gulf states, meanwhile, have been…

Iraqi pipe dreams Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:24

By Struan Stevenson  The Hill - A recent article in the New York Times written by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was breathtaking in its hypocrisy. Addressing the conflict in Yemen he said: “Our plan calls for an immediate cease-fire, humanitarian assistance and facilitation of intra-Yemeni dialogue.” Tehran's conduct, however, flies in the face of such rhetoric. Just this month, an Iranian convoy of ships, suspected of carrying arms bound for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, was forced…
By Diana Moukalled Asharq al-Awsat - When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured Iraq’s second city Mosul in June of 2014, the event brought to the fore the power of the extremist group’s propaganda machine and how it had paved the way for its lightning advance across northern Iraq and its capture of the city, which took place seemingly overnight. One of the most surprising things at the time was the feeble way the Iraqi army had reacted…
Asharq al-Awsat/Opinion: by Abdulrahman al-Rashed - The Iraqis are gearing up for another war against ISIS, the second to occur during the rule of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after he won the battle of Tikrit. Several army forces, security forces and Shiite popular mobilization militias, as well as some Sunni tribes, are gathering to head to Anbar province. There’s more to the battle than Anbar and the battle is not limited to the ISIS as Abadi’s real rival in Baghdad…

Iraq no place for fair reporting? Friday, 01 May 2015 09:55

(Arab News/Opinion by Jamal Doumani) - When a journalist has to hightail it out of a country, where he had filed news reports for well over a decade, for fear of his life, you know there is something wrong with the system in that country, not the journalist.When a country, in other words, threatens to kill a journalist in reprisal for his or her work — reporting the news there “without fear or favor,” as professional journalists are called upon…

Opinion: Abadi and Iran’s Agenda Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:55

Asharq Al-Awsat/By Salman Aldossary - US President Barack Obama’s administration was extremely polite and civil in its response to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, after he claimed that Washington was not in favor of Operation Decisive Storm and considered the Saudis to be uncooperative. This resulted in US National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey emerging to roundly deny Abadi’s characterization of the US position, confirming Washington’s support for Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthis in Yemen. More than this, Baskey confirmed…

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