Search Results for "Iraq" : 95

by / on February 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm / in Middle East, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant

by Map of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant About a month ago, Al-Qaeda forces in Iraq successfully re-captured the city of Fallujah, signaling to onlookers a pervasive spread of militant jihadism in the already war-torn country. Despite the withdrawal of American troops, for the Iraqis, the war is still actively being fought, with Al-Qaeda rapidly gaining strength. Motivated by a staunch opposition to Nouri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite dom…

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by / on September 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Al-Hashimi Shows Cracks in U.S. Iraq Plan

…ed with religiously-motivated gangs. Yes, it is an absolutely terrible and absurd scenario. But this week one of Iraq’s two vice presidents, Tariq al-Hashimi, was sentenced to death in absentia for his role in organizing death squads that targeted the country’s majority Shia Muslim population. Al-Hashemi fled the country weeks ago and has since taken refuge in Turkey. Addressing the Iraqi people recently from a press-conference conduc…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm / in Middle East, World

With Arms Wide Open: The Threat of Iranian Arms Trafficking

…rt its revolution lie in its rather awkward and precarious strategic position. During the American occupation in Iraq, Tehran faced the reality that “the Great Satan” had military forces on both borders. Across the Gulf lies Saudi Arabia, another ideological and geopolitical rival. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are enemies of the United States yet also enemies of Iran. Indeed, Afghanistan is one of three countries—including Iraq and Pakistan—that c…

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by / on October 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm / in Opinion, Web Columnists, World

No Man’s Land

…ons and widespread international condemnation compelled the U.S. to end its operations for good. But not for the Iraqis. Even after American withdrawal, the war in Iraq continues, often violently and indiscriminately against innocent civilians, most of them pilgrims paying their respects in mosques, which are considered to be a sanctuary. Some about-to-be victims are seen in the business sectors of Mosul and Baghdad shopping for food, not knowing…

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by / on December 5, 2004 at 2:11 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Election, National Security

A Question of Vision

…, Democrats raised in the “Vietnam era of activists never were calling for the US to withdraw [immediately] from Iraq” and, thanks to a unified party front, Kerry was able to forcefully attack the incumbent on his most glaring policy failure. This paid political dividends: what had once been seen as political gold for Bush had clearly become a liability. On election day, 15 percent of voters cited Iraq as the most important issue, and Bush won on…

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by / on October 1, 2005 at 9:55 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Media, National Security

Apology Accepted?

…en they hear one. In a recent interview, Barbara Walters asked Bush whether he believed the American invasion of Iraq was “worth it” despite inspectors’ failure to discover weapons of mass destruction. The President’s answer was an unhesitant “absolutely.” Since then, and in all the time America has maintained a military presence in Iraq, the President has offered “no regrets” about any of his decis…

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by / on March 1, 2005 at 10:05 am / in Middle East, World

Iran on the Brink

…ued sanctions. With regard to allies, the Bush Administration would have to garner more support than it did with Iraq. While it must lead the effort to deter and contain a nuclear-armed Iran, the US cannot afford to allow the Europeans to sit on the sidelines. The Bush Administration, however, lost much of its credibility after the WMD faux pas in Iraq and it could be difficult to construct a unified US-EU policy toward a nuclear Iran. But this s…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm / in Domestic, National Security

Obambiguous

…out to be very good at war? The contradictions begin with the young senator’s speech. Obama’s opposition to the Iraq War, when such a view was still unpopular, defined him as a progressive politician. But what is a president to do when he inherits a war? For a campaign that ran on hopeful rhetoric, Team Obama has also been quick to emphasize the necessity of pragmatism. And now, all 41,000 US troops currently in Iraq will return home by December…

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by / on May 1, 2006 at 9:58 am / in Domestic, National Security

The New Spy in Town

by Americans across the political spectrum have attacked George W. Bush’s administration for creating a double standard with respect to sensitive information getting leaked to the press. In February, former Congressman Porter Goss, the Director of the CIA, published an Op-Ed in the New York Times warning of the threat such leaks pose to national security. “Those who choose to bypass the law and go straight to the press are not noble, h…

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by / on October 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm / in Allegiance of College Editors, Interview

Mark Rudd — Activism and the Weather Underground

…merely self-expression, not strategic politics. Penn Political Review: Do you think that comparisons between the Iraq War and the Vietnam War are justified? MR: Historical analogies are always imperfect. In this case, the culture of Iraq is much different than the culture of Vietnam, and the nature of the fight is different. Vietnam was basically united against first French and then American colonialism, and for socialism. Iraq is riven with fact…

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