Iraq

Report

Through Syria, Darkly

Will Assad agree to a political solution? Can ISIS be defeated? A sobering report from the latest PeaceGame.

Kristin Lord |

Report

Iraq is Burning, and Everyone Agrees Maliki Has to Go

These are the seven men who could replace him.

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

'Tonkinitis' in Iraq

The four horsemen of intervention in the Syria conflict are gathering steam. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Steven Simon |

COLUMN

America Can't Fix the Middle East, but It Can Fix Its Middle East Policy

The secret to getting it right in the world's most volatile region is admitting when you're wrong.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Trust Iran Only as Far as You Can Throw It

American talking heads say that Iran is the key to defeating ISIS. But those in the know say the two "enemies" are actually secret allies.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

Reading Between the Teleprompter Lines

What Obama was really thinking during his Iraq remarks.

Aaron David Miller |

Infographic

ISIS's Road to Baghdad

Following a string of military victories, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is approaching Baghdad.

Elias Groll |

Argument

Striking Distance

Limited U.S. airstrikes against ISIS would be quick and decisive. They're also a terrible idea.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

How Maliki Ruined Iraq

Not long ago, stability and security in Iraq seemed possible. Maliki's corruption shattered any hope of that.

Zaid Al-Ali |

Report

Buyer's Remorse

The Obama administration once paved the way for Nouri al-Maliki to hold on to power despite losing an election. With Iraq engulfed in civil war, is it time for him to go?

Yochi Dreazen |

Christian Caryl

Mosul's Christians Say Goodbye

The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

The Magic Number

Just like the last Iraq war, only smaller.

Matt Bors |

Report

ISIS and the Long-Term Threat to Iraqi Oil

Islamist militants haven't touched Iraqi oil production or exports yet, but they threaten Iraq's all-important future prospects.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

The Ghosts of Religious Wars Past Are Rattling in Iraq

How the lessons of the European wars of the Reformation -- hundreds of years old -- can help stave off the lethal mix of religious radicalization and politics.

James Stavridis |

COLUMN

Who Lost Iraq?

That depends on whether you ever thought it could be won.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

The Kurdish Are Coming

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters honed their skills fighting for independence from Iraq. Now they are the front line against ISIS.

Mohammed A. Salih |

COLUMN

When All You've Got Is an F-16…

Why is bombing the only option in Washington's policy toolkit?

Micah Zenko |

COLUMN

Blame America

The United States tried to build a stable state in Iraq. We should've known better.

Gordon Adams |

COLUMN

Withdrawal Symptoms

Obama pulled the United States out of Iraq without actually ending the war. And now we're paying for it.

Kori Schake |

Argument

Necessary Roughness

Enough with Obama's "don't do stupid sh*t" policy. Only U.S. airstrikes can save Iraq from collapse.

James F. Jeffrey |

Report

Revenge of the Kurds

As ISIS rolls toward Baghdad, the Kurds are gaining oil, ground, and power.

Keith Johnson |

Report

Jihadist Gains in Iraq Blindside American Spies

First Crimea, now Iraq. Why does America's $50 billion intelligence community keep getting taken by surprise?

Shane Harris |

Argument

The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran

Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East.

Simon Henderson |

Report

Iraq's Insurgency and the Threat to Oil

Americans might have forgotten about the Iraq war, but they’re about to feel it at the gas pump.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Iraq War III Has Now Begun

As ISIS marches toward Baghdad, can Washington afford to sit on the sidelines?

Michael Knights |

Argument

Iraq's House of Cards

With the country collapsing around him, Nouri al-Maliki's strongman image is a sham. And that's exactly why he's so dangerous.

Zaid Al-Ali |