Iraq

As Mosul’s Civilian Toll Grows, U.S. & Iraq Continue War Tactics that Helped Give Rise to ISIS

March 31, 2017

Sabah Alnasseri of York University argues that the increasing civilian death toll in Mosul shows the U.S. and Iraqi governments are repeating the same approach that helped launch ISIS in the first place.

A Bloodier Battle for Mosul Might Begin After the Ouster of ISIS

October 20, 2016

The competing territorial claims of the Turks, Kurds, and Iraqi central government could result in an ethno-sectarian conflict after the military offense, warns York University professor Sabah Alnasseri

Mosul Offensive Will Create More Refugees, Displacement, and Humanitarian Disaster

July 11, 2016

Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the fightback against ISIS requires the abandonment of more military force, and the pursuit of diplomacy with Russia and Iran

U.S.-Controlled Chaos and Corruption Fuels ISIS Terrorism in Iraq

July 6, 2016

Professor Sabah Alnasseri says ISIS attacks poor working-class neighborhoods in order to turn the people further against an already despised government

U.S. and Iran: Vying to Defeat ISIS in Iraq

June 1, 2016

The US and Iran are assisting the Iraqi army retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State, but “neither wants the other to win a victory against the Islamic State,” says Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent. Cockburn, who spoke to the Real News from Baghdad, says neither Iran or the US wants the other to be able to secure position of power in the case of a decisive blow against ISIS. The lack of coordination by the “fragmented coalition” has helped the Islamic State retain control over some territory, says Cockburn. Some estimates put the current population of Fallujah at 50,000. Almost all the remaining inhabitants are in hiding. Food is scarce. Many Iraqi cities, such as Ramadi, “are now a heap of ruins, because they are very dependent on the onslaught of the U.S. air force” in order to push back the Islamic State, says Cockburn.

Spontaneous Protests in Baghdad Green Zone Show Cracks in the Security Apparatus

May 3, 2016

Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the non-sectarian and non-ethnic character of these protests are a significant development

U.S. Radioactive Weapons Fueling Birth Defects in Iraq

April 7, 2016

Investigative journalist Barbara Koeppel examines how the U.S. is getting away with using radioactive weapons that are causing spikes in birth defects and cancer in both Iraqi citizens and U.S. veterans

Is the U.S. Strategy in the Middle East to Create Chaos?

November 5, 2015

York University Professor Sabah Alnasseri discusses the rivalries in Iraq’s parliament, the legacy of Ahmad Chalabi, and what future Syria will face

Was Ahmad Chalabi Behind the Fall of Saddam Hussein?

November 4, 2015

On the death of Ahmad Chalabi, Patrick Cockburn of the Independent says the prevailing narrative attributed to Ahmad Chalabi absolves the press and the US of any responsibility for the war in Iraq

“Insanity”: Critics React to the Troop Increase in Iraq

June 12, 2015

The Real News spoke to former Army Lt. Col. and Iraq vet Daniel Davis, journalist Dahr Jamail and policy expert Stephen Miles about the recent decision to build a new military base and send some 500 ‘advisors’ to the Anbar province.

Iraq’s Financial Crisis Amid War on ISIS

April 27, 2015

Professor Sabah Al Nasseri says the ruling elite in Iraq may get more than they bargained for by inviting the IMF and the World Bank to assist in its financial woes

Pentagon Declares Airstrikes against ISIS a Success in Iraq

April 16, 2015

Patrick Cockburn, a journalist for The Independent who just returned from Iraq, says that might be an exaggeration

Blackwater Guards Sentenced for the Murder at Nisour Square, Baghdad

April 15, 2015

Reese Erlich says these are the most significant and serious series of activities carried out by contractors and the Bush administration was not interested in prosecuting them

The Significance of Retaking Tikrit by the Iraqi Government

March 31, 2015

Patrick Cockburn, author of The Rise of the Islamic State, has just returned from northern Iraq, where he says that even if the government has retaken Tikrit, it is a small victory that signals a long war ahead

Iraq Prepares Austerity Budget

February 1, 2015

Prof. Sabah Alnasseri says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is planning to cut social sector employment as collapsing oil prices, corruption, and the anti-ISIS campaign will leave the government short on revenue

Will the Kurdish Coalition Hold Kobani?

January 27, 2015

Edmund Ghareeb, author of The Kurdish Question in Iraq, says hundreds of Kurdish villages and small towns remain under the control of the Islamic State

Endemic Corruption in Iraqi Gov. Will Hamper Anti-ISIS Efforts

January 15, 2015

Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the systemic corruption of the Iraqi state, institutionalized by the U.S. in order to ensure loyalty of the Iraqi elites, is at the core of all social misery in Iraq

Islamic State Born of Deteriorating Economic Conditions in Iraq

November 3, 2014

Poverty and inequality created by the plunder of Iraq’s wealth by elites and multinational corporations after the US occupation of Iraq were a great recruiting tool for ISIS, says Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University’s Department of Political Science