Iraq

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What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

April 29, 2020 3:39 pm

American policy has become decoupled from American national interests

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Could the COVID crash spark another Arab Spring?

April 22, 2020 4:50 pm

If you are an oil-exporting state then your economic fortunes are tied to global demand — and this will continue to be depressed

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Coronavirus is a ticking time-bomb for the Middle East’s old guard

April 5, 2020 12:07 pm

Conflict won’t end and over-centralized states will struggle to reform

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Will coronavirus lead to a US war with Iran?

March 13, 2020 6:53 am

Tehran’s virus troubles could allow Shia militias to attack US forces in Iraq

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Shia chaos

March 5, 2020 5:25 pm

The militia that’s holding Iraq hostage

Ten years on, the Arab Spring has only benefited the Islamists

January 23, 2020 12:41 am

The legacy of the revolution is hopelessness and helplessness

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The Middle East mess has nothing to do with Donald Trump

January 13, 2020 8:04 am

On every count, other than creating permanent war, the Bush Doctrine failed

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So much for de-escalation

January 7, 2020 7:56 pm

Iran targets US base in Iraq with rockets

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Iran begins its ‘fierce revenge’

January 7, 2020 5:53 pm

The question now is what Trump’s next move will be

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Mike Pompeo’s dishonest Iran defense

January 6, 2020 4:38 am

The neocon dream of a liberated Baghdad ends with an emboldened and empowered Iran

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Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the coming Iran crisis

January 4, 2020 4:33 am

‘This could be a Sarajevo moment’

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The Iraqi government may now have to choose between America and Iran

January 3, 2020 5:28 am

What does Soleimani’s death mean for US policy and the continued US presence in Iraq?

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Trump’s foreign policy isn’t working

December 31, 2019 8:25 am

America First realism has been a cypher

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What could go wrong for Donald Trump in 2020?

December 30, 2019 1:23 pm

The crash, especially if Trump becomes entangled in a foreign war, could come sooner rather than later

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Demining at the foot of Mount Sinjar

August 18, 2019 10:35 am

Isis had been cleared from this area a month before I arrived, in November 2015. But the men were cautious

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Trump is right to brand the IRGC terrorists

April 8, 2019 3:50 pm

Only by recognizing the obvious can the US formulate policies that have a chance of succeeding

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‘The Islamic State will never die’

March 20, 2019 11:35 am

Their territory is gone but the jihadis are always with us

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Vice vs vice: Cheney barbecues Pence in Georgia

March 11, 2019 9:13 pm

‘We’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us’

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Why has Trump followed his impulses to Iraq?

December 26, 2018 6:37 pm

The unannounced visit serves as a welcome distraction

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Trump’s Mideast carve-up

December 26, 2018 3:48 pm

Christmas came early for Turkey