Category Archives: Iraq

What’s next after Mosul and Raqqa?

By Claude Salhani Units of the Iraqi Army’s special forces, trained and supported by the United States, celebrated their victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. In the war against ISIS, Iraq has the … Continue reading

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Obama Fiddles While Iraq Burns

By Claude Salhani To compare U.S. President Barack Obama to a modern-day Nero may be somewhat harsh, but as the Middle East continues to disintegrate, falling into chaos and unprecedented violence, its oilfields and gas fields within grasping reach of … Continue reading

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Washington ignored red flags in Iraq

By Claude Salhani – Members of the Obama Administration were warned – repeatedly – that ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – posed a real threat to the security of Iraq, and ultimately to the region but did … Continue reading

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Jihadists ‘selling oil to Assad’, says France

By Claude Salhani  — The Islamist movement that took the Middle East by storm two weeks ago, capturing large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is reportedly selling oil to the Syrian government, the very people they are fighting to overthrow, … Continue reading

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Why ISIS Won’t Stop With Iraq

by Claude Salhani The slaughterhouse that Iraq has become in the past week is the stuff that nightmares are made of. And this is just the beginning. The threat emanating from the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq … Continue reading

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Countering Muslim extremists in Iraq

From The Washington Times By Claude Salhani  Monday, June 16, 2014 The stunning and unexpected recent victories in Iraq of Muslim extremists aligned to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a very worrisome and disturbing development. … Continue reading

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Iraq: Beginning of the end?

BY CLAUDE SALHANI Two separate events unfolded in Iraq last week that could signal the beginning of the end of the Anglo-US engagement in that country. The first event was the unexpected visit to the war-torn country by US President … Continue reading

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Analysis: And it’s still not civil war

By CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI International Editor   |    —  WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) — The war in Baghdad took a turn for the worse Sunday as masked gunmen pulled at least 40 Sunni Arabs from their houses, cafes, and cars and … Continue reading

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