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What is Turkey’s real goal in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region?

by : SETH J. FRANTZMAN ،THE JERUSALEM POST Turkey’s growing role in northern Iraq does not correlate with any kind of increased “terrorism." In recent years, Turkey has widely expanded its role in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish…
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Strengthening relations between Israel and Iraqi Kurdistan

reference : THE JERUSALEM POST Israel has a strong and special relationship with the Kurds, which extends to recent times when the Kurdistan Regional Government undertook a referendum to become independent. For decades, Israel was the…
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Ramadan musings: Solzhenitsyn — everybody’s pain in the neck

by : Eric Walberg , Eric Walberg When you are too close to something, someone, you are not the best analyst. Your feelings get in the way. You reveal more about who you are than who or what you love/hate. But you can see better from afar.…
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US forces accomplished their mission in Iraq and should be withdrawn

by : THE HILL , Daniel R. DePetris U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met last week with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein via videoconference in the first U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue since the Biden administration was inaugurated.The…
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After 18 years in Iraq, bring troops home

by : Ed Flaherty , The Gazette Eighteen years later, U.S. troops are still in Iraq. The Pentagon says the number is 2,500. No way to verify that. Lots of U.S. contractors there too. Why are we there? The rotation of reasons resembles a roulette…
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Why Biden can’t ignore Iraq and Afghanistan, even if he might want to

by : Vox , Alex Ward When President Joe Biden gave his first foreign policy address two weeks ago, he didn’t once mention the words “Iraq” or “Afghanistan.” But events in those two countries over the past 24 hours have offered…
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Iraq executes five men convicted of terrorism

Tuesday’s group execution was the second one to take place this year, following the hanging of three “terrorism” convicts in Nasiriyah in late January. Iraq on Tuesday hanged five people convicted on “terrorism” charges in a notorious…
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Biden should not repeat Trump and Obama’s mistakes in Iraq

by : ALJAZEERA , Zeidon Alkinani Biden can undo the disastrous legacy of his predecessors by using nuclear talks with Iran to strike a deal on Iraq. For more than 17 years since its invasion of Iraq, the United States has failed to present…
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Will They Ever Be Over? 20 Years of the War on Terror

by : NICK TURSE , COUNTERPUNCH “This is a different kind of war, which we will wage aggressively and methodically to disrupt and destroy terrorist activity,” President George W. Bush announced a little more than two weeks after the…
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that’s enough in history

On this day, 2005, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the U.S. would carry out planned withdrawals of American troops from Iraq, however, the plan did not meet the goals until 2011 and now in 2020, more than 4500 US soldiers…