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Nation-building in Afghanistan, Iraq was never going to work

By : Daniel Pipes , Washington Times As usual, after World War I, victors plundered losers, especially the German one. The victors demanded the payment of huge reparations; under one plan, German charges would have continued until 1988.…
Death and suffering in Iraq a painful legacy of 9/11 attacks
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Death and suffering in Iraq a painful legacy of 9/11 attacks

By: QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and ZEINA KARAM. baytownsun.com Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. But the terrorist attacks in the United States changed forever the lives of Iraqis.In their aftermath, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, swiftly deposing…
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Cohen: Donald Rumsfeld — Iraq invasion was his brainchild and his folly

by : Andrew Cohen , OTTAWA CITIZEN ORTLAND, Maine — On Aug. 23, they brought the body of Donald Henry Rumsfeld to Arlington National Cemetery on a flag-draped, horse-drawn caisson, accompanied by an honour guard. As a former serviceman…
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As Afghanistan Reverts, Iraq Makes Steady Progress

by : Paul Bremer and David C. Gompert , WSJ OPINION The Afghan army’s failure to slow the Taliban’s seizure of power contrasts starkly with generally favorable developments in Iraq. As Afghanistan descends into the abyss, Iraq advances…
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US Forces to Stay in Iraq and Syria

by : Elijah J. Magnier , Al Mayadeen US President Joe Biden has said his forces will stay in Iraq under a different title and will no longer be identified as “combat forces” by the end of 2021, rather as “trainers and advisors”.…
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U.S. to Announce Troop Drawdown From Iraq, but Little Is Expected to Change

by ; Jane Arraf and Eric Schmitt , The New York Times The deal appears to be the latest effort by the Iraqi prime minister to balance the needs and demands of the country’s two closest allies: the United States and Iran. BAGHDAD…
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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…