Iraq

COLUMN

Exaggeration Nation

The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?

Micah Zenko |

Report

U.S. Ramps Up Military Aid for Islamic State Fight

The Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga, and Sunni tribesmen battling the militants will get some of the weapons they've long asked for.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

Pushed by ISIS, Iraq and Kurds Come Closer to a Deal

After months of acrimony, Baghdad and Erbil are taking steps to sort out the oil-fueled dispute that threatened to tear Iraq to pieces.

Keith Johnson |

Report

Iraq Needs Weapons But Can It Keep Them?

After watching ISIS roll over Iraqi security forces this summer, stealing equipment the U.S. provided, Congress has been hesitant to sell Baghdad more.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

The Pentagon's Budget Dilemma

The Defense Department's response time to the Ebola crisis and ISIS fight -- and the money to pay for such operations -- is being severely limited by the lengthy legislative process and the brewing budget war in Congress.

Kate Brannen |

Report

Putting the Islamic State Over a Barrel

The United States and its allies are ramping up efforts to strangle the terrorist group's main source of income, though it's still unclear just how much oil the Islamic State pumps and sells.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Iraq's Dubai Hits the Pause Button

With the Islamic State on their doorstep, Kurdish leaders have scaled back their once grandiose ambitions to focus on ensuring the survival of their enclave.

Jane Arraf |

COLUMN

The Top 5 Foreign Policy Lessons of the Past 20 Years

From Russia to China to the United States, from hubris to ultimatums to power plays, the good, the bad, and the ugly of (recent) world politics. 

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Getting Past the Way of the Gun

Dropping bombs isn't the only way to advance American interests abroad.

Christopher Holshek |

Report

Air-Sand Battle

The fight against the Islamic State is forcing the Pentagon to rethink its plans for the future of warfare.​

Kate Brannen |

Interview

Spring Offensive Against ISIS in Iraq 'Unrealistic'

Former Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi sits down with Foreign Policy to discuss the challenges of rebuilding the Iraqi army and the need for U.S. assistance.

Gopal Ratnam |

Argument

America's Last Best Hope for Defeating the Islamic State Is… Iran?

U.S. firepower alone can't defeat the Islamic State. It needs to work with Iran, whether it likes it or not.

Emad Kiyaei |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

Pen-Palling With the Ayatollah

Only ideologues and the ignorant don't understand that Obama's letter to Khamenei is just pragmatic politics.

Trita Parsi |

Dispatch

Breaking Badr

Meet Hadi al-Amiri, the unabashedly pro-Iranian leader of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite militia. His bloodthirsty fighters might be Baghdad's best hope of stopping the Islamic State.

Susannah George |

Exclusive

Islamic State's 'Shock and Awe' Campaign Fuels Global Jihad, U.N. Says

Defeating the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria may not be enough to prevent the Islamic State from replacing al Qaeda as the world's most dangerous militant group. 

Colum Lynch |

Report

Why Can't the Pentagon Kill the Islamic State's Top Commanders?

The U.S. military takes out terrorist leaders around the world, but it's been unable to cut the head off of the Islamic State.  

Kate Brannen |

Dispatch

No Escape From Sinjar Mountain

The world’s attention may have moved on, but there are thousands of beleaguered Yazidis still stuck in the wilderness, surrounded by the Islamic State.

Alice Su |

Dispatch

The Gangs of Iraq

Marauding pro-government militias are using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to destroy Sunni Arab communities across the country.

Tirana Hassan |

Argument

Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head?

President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.

Mark Perry |

COLUMN

Middle East Meltdown

In a region now crowded with failed states, a murderous terrorist group has gained a foothold, changing the power dynamics and the United States needs to pay attention.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

ISIS in the Suburbs

The Iraqi Army claims that Baghdad is secure. But in Abu Ghraib, just 40 minutes away, the Islamic State’s presence can be felt everywhere.

Susannah George |

Dispatch

The Forgotten Yazidis

The refugees who once captured the world's attention now sit outside the spotlight, wondering how they will survive the winter.

Sheren Khalel |

Argument

Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

Obama's small war means big profits -- and little oversight -- for defense contractors and hired guns.

William D. Hartung |

Report

Children of the Caliphate

The Islamic State is raising an army of child soldiers, and the West could be fighting them for generations to come.

Kate Brannen |

Argument

The Threats We Forget

The Islamic State and Ebola are the crises du jour, but a host of other persistent threats to national security are no less pressing. And combatting them will require unity of effort.

Tim Roemer |

Report

Treasury's War on the Islamic State

The green-eyeshades crew is taking the lead in trying to choke off the illicit millions that fund the terrorist group. But the Islamic State's own overreach may cost it more than sanctions.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

The Internet Is Not the Enemy

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

Jillian C. York |

Dispatch

Barbarians at the Gates of Baghdad

How long can Iraq’s besieged forces hold out against the Islamic State?

Susannah George |

Argument

Get Ready for Iraq War IV

One of the most influential Army officers of the Iraq theater on why the United States seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.

John A. Nagl |