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Get ready for another Iraq War Saturday, 25 June 2016 11:48

Losing a friend in war is always hard. Losing a friend to a battle we already fought and won is worse. That’s how my close friend Lt. Col. Ehab Hashem Moshen was killed recently by the Islamic State near Fallujah — refighting a battle in Iraq that the Marine Corps fought a decade ago. The Marines won that fight. The problem is that the Obama administration didn’t follow through on a political plan to maintain the peace. In April, I visited…
Men who flee the ISIL-held city are often abused, or killed, by armed groups bent on revenge. By Salam Khoder Amiriyat al-Fallujah, Iraq - As the Iraqi armed forces and allied militias continue their battle to take Fallujah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), a growing number of civilians have said that they were tortured after escaping the besieged city. In one tent in the Amiriyat al-Fallujah camp, which is hosting displaced…
BAGHDAD — American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa, but in Iraq it is an entirely different story: Iran, not the United States, has become the face of an operation to retake the jihadist stronghold of Falluja from the militant group. On the outskirts of Falluja, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, police officers and Shiite militiamen backed by Iran are preparing for an assault…
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable." His comments come as thousands of Iraqi Shiite militiamen, soldiers and police, backed by Iran, surround the Sunni city of Fallujah ahead of an operation to retake it from the Islamic State group. Iran says its military advisers in Iraq are there at Baghdad's request to help Iraqi forces fight militants. It has repeatedly…
If the international community is serious about solving the Syrian crisis, they need to atone for the original sin that is Iraq.Even by its customarily low standards, Iraq has sunk to even greater depths than previously thought possible. It is not as though the Iraqis do not have to contend with one of the most feared global terrorist threats that has eclipsed even al-Qaeda at its zenith, the forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS).Nevertheless, Iraqi politicians, with their corruption, nepotism,…
As Russian planes decimate Aleppo, and hundreds of thousands of civilians in Syria’s largest city prepare for encirclement, blockade and siege — and for the starvation and the barbarity that will inevitably follow — it is time to proclaim the moral bankruptcy of American and Western policy in Syria. Actually, it is past time. The moral bankruptcy has been long in the making: five years of empty declarations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go, of halfhearted arming of rebel…
Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) is calling for “urgent action to end callous food and medicine blockade” of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Mr. Stevenson was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014 and was President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq from 2009 to 2014. He outlines starkly the ongoing tragedy of the “City of Mosques”, which was seventy percent destroyed by US troops in 2004 with football…
A Democratic congressman who recently traveled to Iraq is warning that Iran is acting as a destabilizing force in that country.  "What's become really clear is that Iran wants to be a major force in Iraq. And they're willing to spend a lot of money to destabilize it and keep the whole thing going, and keep the region unstable," Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told The Hill in a recent interview.   Ryan said he learned that Iran controlled about 45…
MPs have commissioned an investigation into the legislation which has delayed publication of the Chilcot Inquiry for over half a decade. The Iraq Inquiry, as it is officially known, was announced in June 2009, with public hearings beginning that November. The hearings concluded in February 2011, but five years later the report is still to be released. The investigation set up by MPs is expected to scrutinise the principle of 'Maxwellisation', under which anyone criticised in an official report can read the passage that relates to…

Can Abadi's Reforms Save Iraq? Thursday, 24 March 2016 14:04

Article by Struan Stevenson in Huffington Post A massive protest rally organised by Muqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand Shi'ia cleric, took place again last Friday around the Green Zone in central Baghdad, Iraq. It was the most recent in a series of rallies that have involved hundreds of thousands of al-Sadr's supporters protesting against corruption at the heart of the Iraqi government. Initially, al-Sadr had intended to lead his supporters, mostly from the deprived Sadr City suburbs of Baghdad, in an outright…
Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for government reform Saturday, demanding greater accountability and threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted and the government does not show results within a year. Al-Sadr's comments follow a slew of similar demands from Iraq's political and religious elite after months of stalled progress on a reform package Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proposed last summer. Among a series of economic and political reforms, Al-Sadr called for…

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Exclusive: Biography and record of Hadi Farhan Abdullah al-Ameri

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Iraq: We must stop meddling by Iran and its criminal militias

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