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    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    Ghosts of Obama’s Failed Iraq Policy Continue to Haunt

    While the world’s attention has been focused on violent clashes in Egypt and reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, Iraq has been sliding back to the brink of civil war. Sectarian violence in the country has returned to levels not seen since the U.S. troop surge and the Anbar … More

    Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath

    Iraq, which has fallen out of the spotlight since the December 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, has been plagued by rising internal conflict and instability. On Monday, al-Qaeda terrorists launched a brazen attack on two prisons near Baghdad and freed more than 500 prisoners. While the world’s attention has been focused … More

    Bedlam in Baghdad: Q&A on Iraq with James Phillips

    I sat down with James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, to get his take on the violence in Iraq. Why the sudden spike in violence in Iraq? Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has made a strong comeback due to the spillover effect of rising sectarian tensions in … More

    Maliki Silences the Voice of America

    This past week, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission ordered the closure of 44 foreign and domestic media outlets in the country. Among them was the Voice of America, a U.S.-run news organization and quite possibly our biggest public diplomacy tool. This is a bold move by the Iraqis to … More