Archive for the 'Iraq' Category

60 years after Iraq’s 1958 July 14 Revolution by Christopher Solomon

Winning in Syria and the Middle East – By David W. Lesch and Kamal Alam

The Think-Tanks Bark and the IRGC Moves On

Israel’s Secret war for Syria’s Independence by Meir Zamir

Follow-Up and Correctives on Hashd al-Sha’bi Article

The Militias in Iraq, From Popular Mobilization to Political Interference

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey – By Joshua Landis 

What the KRG’s Loss of Kirkuk Means for Iraq

Minorities and the Kurdish Referendum—by Alda Benjamen

KRG Targets Minorities Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Referendum — Part Two: Annexing Christian Lands

Mahdi al-Harati: a Libyan Force Multiplier

Iraqi Minorities Face a Dilemma in Kurdish Independence

Kurdish Independence and the Unheard Yazidi Voice — by Murad Ismael

KRG Targets Minorities Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Referendum — Part One: Exploiting the Yazidi Genocide

Unwinnable: Britain’s war in Afghanistan 2001-2014- by Tam Hussein

Resolving Article 140: Settling the Issue of Iraq’s Disputed Territories Ahead of an Independence Referendum for Kurdistan

The End of the PKK in Sinjar? How the Hashd al-Sha’bi Can Help Resolve the Yazidi Genocide

Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Tam Hussein

Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”

The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)

Kurdish Blockade of Sinjar Harms Yazidis: New HRW Report

Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi’i Militia

“Why the Islamic State Is Losing, and Why It Still Hopes to Win”

The ‘Martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja’afari Force)

The Dir’ al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

Liwa Dir’ al-Watan: A New Pro-Assad Militia in Damascus

Report on Mass Graves of Yazidis in Sinjar

The Doha Congress: Negotiating a Return of the Iraqi Baath Party?

ISIS: A Caliphate of Torture and Rape

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

HRW: “ISIS Escapees Describe Systematic Rape”

Review of “ISIS: The State of Terror”

Meet the Badris

Book Review: ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam in Syria Joins The Islamic State?

Sample Concepts of a Christian-Shi’a Alliance in Iraq

The Islamic State (IS) and Pledges of Allegiance: The Case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance?

Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East – Interview with Danny Postel

Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women

The Yazidis Are Not Getting Support

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning—by Matthew Barber

IS Routs Peshmerga, Takes Control of Sinjar Mountains, Jeopardizes Yazidi Homeland

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns

The Six Words You Need to Know to Be a Successful Jihadi and Establish Your Own Caliphate

The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win

“Syria, Iraq and Lebanon: the new Af-Pak,” by Anno Bunnik

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

Is Jabhat al-Nosra breaking apart?

Is Syria Like Iraq?

Oil Wars—Nusra’s Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

Lebanese Tension, Egyptian Chaos, Iraqi Memories… and all the news from Syria

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

“Making the Maliki State in Iraq and the Reemergence of Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri” By LTC Joel Rayburn

Syria Turns to Iraq to Preempt Damaging European Heavy Crude Boycott

News Round Up (27 February 2011)

Wikileaks: “Syrian-Iranian Relations return to normal”; Jordan, Turkey, and US Seek Improved Iran Relations; Hariri Tribunal Delayed;

Wikileaks: Bellemare “has no case” against Syria

Should A Resurgent Syria Give Alarm?

More WikiLeaks – Kerry: “Israel should return Golan”

Tuykey and Syria Struggle to Resolve Their Kurdish Question

Encouraging Israel not to Settle; Encouraging Iran to Go Nuclear

News Roundup (August 20 2010)

News Round Up (22 July 2010)

“Syrians Were Not Behind the Hariri Assassination,” Former US Offical to as-Safir

News Round Up (25 June 2010)

Iran, Syria, and US in War of Words as West Bank is Digested by Israel

News Round Up (19 April 2010)

News Round Up (March 19, 2010)

Devastation in the North East; Left Laments Israel; Right Laments Syria

John Kerry and Leveretts Talk to Assad

Assad and Ahmadinejad – “There is No Separating Iran and Syria”

Israel and Syria Threaten War as US Pushes for Talks: Feltman and Abrams Explain US Policy

End of Arab Cold War Makes Syria Man in the Middle

Is Syria to Blame for the Bombings in Iraq?

Will India’s Proposal to Invest Billions in Iran Undermine US Sanction Drive? Is Turkey the Winner?

Dubai Blues and Iraqi families Suffer in Syria

“Has Syria Won?” in the Economist

Syria and Iraq and Lebanon and ….

Syria’s Four Seas strategy, by Yoav Stern

“The Murders at al-Sukariya” by Reese Erlich and Peter Coyote

Angelina Does Damascus; Saudi King on his Way; Syria’s Attitude toward an Iranian Nuke

“Can Former Iraqi Baathists in Syria Ever Go Home?” by Andrew Lee Butters

Is Syrian-US Engagement at an End?

Turk & Syria – Assad Interview: Muslim Brothers, Kurds, Iraq, Israel

Iraq-Syria Row Calming, but Maliki Needs to Shift Blame for Elections

EU postpones Syrian accord; Ignatius on Syria; Butters on Beirut

France has Led the West out of Bush Think and into Engagement with Syria

Turkey Changes Heart, Says It Will Increase Water Flow of Rivers

Turkey Says More Water For Iraq, Syria Is Unlikely

Syria Seeks to Separate US Relationship from Arab-Israeli Conflict

What is Mitchel up to in Damascus?

News Round Up (9 July 2009)

Scholarly Articles; Bolton; First Lady on Democracy

News Round Up (1 July 2009)

News Round Up (30 June 2009)

News Round Up (June 17, 2009)

Iran, Mitchell, Lebanon and Iraq

The Reasons for ‘Syria’s Positive Caution’ Toward Obama Policy,” By Ibrahim Hamidi

Assad to Austria, 5 New Ministers, Oil, and Lebanon Elections

Arab Unity? Yes on Kurds, No on Palestinians, Perhaps on Lebanon

Sanctions on the Table?

Kerry’s Visit Brings Some Hope

News Round Up (December 19, 2008)

Obama likely to appoint Ross, Kurtzer and Indyk says Haaretz

“Forces of Stability: Syria and Iran or the USA?” by Jihad Makdissi

News Round UP (6 December 2008)

Nukes, Obama Policy Advice, the New Team

“We will not allow another [IAEA] visit”

Britain and Syria Resume Intelligence Sharing

“No longer the pariah President,” by Peter Beaumont

“Murder in Abou Kamal,” by Imad Moustapha

“Listening to Syria” by David Lesch

Syria blames Israeli bombs for uranium traces

“Syria stops aid vessel unloading Iraq refugees’ rice” by Oweis

Traces Of Uranium found in Syria: Moallem Says No More Searches

Rumsfeld’s secret raids on Syria

Syrian Officials Deny Syrian Complicity in Raid

Imad Moustapha on Raid: Newsweek & FP

12 Opposition Leaders Sentenced

Petreaus Proposed Visiting Syria: VP Refused him Permission.

Protests in Damascus

“Twilight Struggle” by Eli Lake

Raid Coverage by Wash Post, Moubayed, LATimes, NYTimes,

More on the Raid

Is the US Raid is a “Parting Shot” by the White House?

Syria accuses U.S. in deadly helicopter attack

News Round Up (25 Oct. 2008)

News Round Up (19 Oct. 2008)

“Syria Talks Spur Speculation” by Jim Lobe & More…

US-Syrian Thaw: Welsh and Muallem Talk

Syrian Troops on the Lebanese Border are to Confront Smuggling

Livni Wins Vote to Lead Kadima

Difficult Decisions for Assad, but Syrian Art Sizzles

The Middle East Waits for America

News Round UP (1 Sept. 2008)

News Round-Up (August 1, 2008)

Samir al-Taki’s talk at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC

“Some Remarks on Syria,” by Observer

America’s Role in Israel-Syria Talks

Palestinians, Refugees, Turks, Aleppines, Arar, Bloggers

News Round Up (20 June 2008)

Interpol says Syria “very cooperative” on Terrorism: US Oil Majors Back in Iraq

Moubayed on the Lebanese Cabinet: News Roundup (7 June 2008)

More Firms Find Ways Around Sanctions on Syria and Iran

News Round Up (1 May 2008)

News Round Up (22 April 2008)

“Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,” by Barstow

Latest Statistics on Arab Popularity of Asad, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iraq…

News Round Up (18 April 2008)

President Assad is “more optimistic than any time before.” / Carter is “very upbeat”

Carter May Meet Hamas Leader Mashaal

France Lets Key Witness in Hariri Trial Escape: Kushner Sorrowful

News Roundup (6 April 2008)

President Assad’s Speech to the Arab Summit

Summitry 3: Can the Effort to Isolate Syria Hold?

Summitry 2

The Iraqi refugee view from Syria and Lebanon

News Round Up (March 18 2008)

Foreign Militants Crossing Syria-Iraq Border Drop to 40-50 a Month

News Roundup (23 January 2008)

“Syria’s policy, post-Annapolis,” by H. Cobban

Iraq Wants US to Engage with Syria and Iran. Facebook Minister Soaped

Lebanon, Iran & US

Syria Gets Credit for Gains in Iraq: Jihadists Come from US Allies

Announcing Creative Syria Forum’s November 2007 topic: Syria’s RegionalPolicies

Iraqi Refugees: Has There Been a Breakthrough?

An Iraqi in Syria

News Round Up (6 Sept 2007)

News Round Up (4 Oct. 2007)

Israel’s Strike – Was it a Warning to Iran? For Lebanon?

Hamidi on New Visa Requirements for Iraqis

Subsidies and Iraqis: Syria Shifts Gears

News Round Up (1 Sept 2007)

Jihadists and the Syrian Border – Saudi Press

Sharaa Statement of Syria’s Foreign Policy

Syria’s Iraq Policy

Syria Cancels Iraq Rebel Sit-down in Damascus – Why?

“Improving US and Syrian Relations: Some Possible Beginnings,” by Anthony Cordesman

Saudi Jihadists in Iraq far Outnumber Others

Patraeus – Syria Door to Foreign Fighters; Murr – No Evidence yet of Syria Support for Fatah Islam

Iraqi Refugees in Syria: 3 Best Articles

News Round Up (19 May 2007)

Bernard Gwertzman (CFR consulting editor) interviews Joshua Landis

News Roundup (8 May 2007) Rice Says Yes to Chapter VII Tribunal

Rice and Moualem Meet: Has Syria Won?

News Round Up (26 April 2007)

Pelosi’s Trip to Damascus

The Arab League Summit: Arabism is Back – Syria is In

‘Syria’s Revenues in Danger,’ Finance Minister Warns – Discussion by Ehsani2

“U.S.-Syrian Relations” by Amassador Moustapha

Saudis and Syrians …Brothers or Rivals?

News Round Up (27 February 2007)

Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia: Three’s a Crowd

Will Saudi Arabia Solve America’s Problems?

The US and Syria: Is Dialogue Coming?

Is Syria Supplying Weapons to Iraqi Militias?

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