17 October 2017
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-By Gary Schmitt, David Adesnik, FoxNews-  “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” And this is no less true when it comes to how countries conduct their foreign policies.So, it should be no surprise then that, last week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the United Nations Security Council that in the fight against the Islamic State, “There is a role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran.” Just forty-eight hours later, Kerry met face to face with Iranian Foreign…
By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Saturday, September 20, 2014- Iran's secretive Quds force is becoming more active in Iraq along side Iraqi soldiers and militias battling the Islamic State terrorist group, as the Obama administration sends signals welcoming Tehran to the fight.A source close to the U.S. special operations community said some elite Quds forces were on the ground last month when Iraqis recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State fighters. The Iraqis were aided overhead by U.S. strike…
-By Lord Maginnis (Excerpts)- There is no doubt that the Islamic State (ISIL) - the nascent caliphate being set up by ultra-extremist fighters in Syria and Iraq - is a serious threat to all Western democracies and to the peace and stability of the world. All reasonable observers, of all whatever political hue, agree upon this fact. What is nonetheless a matter of dispute is how best to meet that threat. And far too many commentators are already committed to the notion…

Foreign Policy: All the Ayatollah's Men Friday, 19 September 2014 23:45

-Iraq's Shiite militias are becoming as great a danger as the Islamic State. BY PHILLIP SMYTH- Armed men posing with severed heads, massacres of mosque-goers during Friday prayers, massive reliance on transnational jihadists -- these are crimes that are usually associated with the Islamic State (IS). However, they're also the actions of some of Iraq's growing Shiite militia organizations, which are playing an increasingly prominent role in fighting the Sunni jihadists. These groups, many of which have deep ideological and organizational links…
BAGHDAD — Militia justice is simple، the fighters explained. “We break into an area and kill the ones who are threatening people،” said one 18-year-old fighter with Asaib Ahl al-Haq، a Shiite militia that operates as a vigilante force around Baghdad. Another 18-year-old fighter agreed. “We receive orders and carry out attacks immediately،” he said، insisting that their militia commanders had been given authority by Iraqi security officials. That free hand has helped make Asaib Ahl al-Haq the largest and most…
(ROLL CALL) -By Walid Phares- As Iraq teeters on disintegration, some on Capitol Hill are floating the idea of collaborating with Iran in order to defeat the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State (ISIS). But, would this really serve American interests? The suggestion is that the U.S. and Iran both regard ISIS as an enemy, and therefore are potential allies in the fight against it. As dangerous as ISIS is, our would-be partners in Tehran present an even greater…

The enduring short-sightedness of Iraq policies Thursday, 11 September 2014 21:38

(Aljazeera) A narrow focus on the Islamic State group and northern Iraq may lead to disaster - again. -By Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew- With Nouri al-Maliki out as prime minister of Iraq, is the country on the verge of entering into a new era of freedom and stability? Will Haider al-Abbadi truly prove to be the leader of a unity government that reaches out to the Sunnis, Kurds, and others who had been shut out by Maliki's Shia dictatorship? Will the…

US can’t trust Iran as partner in battling ISIS Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:24

-By General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001-Part of President Obama’s solution to the Islamic State should be to “evict” Tehran and its militias from IraqThis week, President Obama announced his strategy for countering the threat of the Islamic State to the stability of the Middle East and, increasingly, to the US homeland. He offered a combination of tactics, including going on the offense to hunt down Islamic State members and assets, as well…
It seems Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird doesn’t subscribe to the old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, at least not when it comes to working with Iran.The issue of western co-operation with Iran has been a hot topic in international circles over the past week following reports that Iranian leader Ayatollah Khameini has suggested a united front against radical jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria.U.S. President Barack Obama will unveil a strategy Wednesday for tackling…

Iraq's Last Chance Saturday, 16 August 2014 21:19

The New York Times - by Ali Khedery - “THE country is in your hands,” whispered Iraq’s president, Fuad Masum, on Aug. 11 as he charged the newly designated prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, with forming a cabinet. “May God help you,” another lawmaker added. Indeed, after last week’s sidelining of the country’s long-serving prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, Mr. Abadi will need all the divine intervention he can get if Iraq is to be spared a descent into all-out civil…

Let Sunnis Defeat Iraq’s Militants Monday, 28 July 2014 21:08

The New York Times By RAFE AL-ESSAWI and ATHEEL al-NUJAIFI  ERBIL, Iraq  -   THE situation in Iraq today is perilous, particularly for Sunni Muslim Arabs. Their prospects for inclusion in Iraq’s government and fair treatment from it have been declining since 2010, when Iraqiyya, the nonsectarian coalition to which we belonged, drew more votes than any other parliamentary bloc but was denied a chance to form a government. We might not have succeeded, but letting us try would have built public trust in…

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