Iraq

John Kerry and James Taylor (Rick Wilking / AFP / Getty)

Pollak: John Kerry Should Just Go Away

Trump can only hope John Kerry is in “the middle of the debate” in 2020. But the rest of us should hope he just goes away.

White House sought military strike against Iran

Report: White House Sought Military Options to Target Iran over Iraqi Proxy Attacks

U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Council (NSC), led by John Bolton, urged the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran after attacks in September 2018 near U.S. assets in Iraq believed to be carried out by Tehran-allied Shiite militias, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Sunday.

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Macron Hands a Billion Euros to Iraq as Paris Burns

BAGHDAD (AP) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France is committing 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group.

A fighter of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) runs with an M16 assault rifle during the advance through the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the Iraqi government announced the launch of the operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group control, on August 26, 2017. …

Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq Vow to Push U.S. Troops Out

Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, angered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement during his recent visit to the country that United States troops will remain there, renewed threats against American service members in recent days.

Palestinians worry over 'normalisation' of Arab-Israeli ties

In First, Three Iraqi Delegations Said to Visit Israel

TEL AVIV – Three delegations from Iraq have reportedly made trips to Israel in recent months, holding meetings with Israeli officials and academics, visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and meeting with experts in the field of Iraqi Jewish heritage.

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Survey: U.S. Military Tired of Iraq, Afghanistan’s ‘Occupation’

The vast majority of U.S. service members and veterans believe the American “occupation” of Iraq and Afghanistan has lasted long enough, but they still support the ongoing war on terror raging since October 2001, according to the results of a survey published this month.

Edward Gallagher is a 19-year veteran of the Navy SEALs. Pic: justiceforeddie.com

Court-Martial Begins for Navy SEAL Accused of Killing Islamic State Teen Jihadi

The court-martial of Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward Gallagher began on Friday at Naval Base San Diego. According to numerous media reports and word from his family, Gallagher will plead not guilty to numerous war crimes charges, including indiscriminate fire into civilian crowds and using a knife to kill a captured teenage Islamic State fighter.

Iraqi forces advance towards the town of Al-Qaim near the Syrian border as they fight to capture the last holdouts of the Islamic State group in the country on November 3, 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Suggests Larger Role in Syria After U.S. Withdrawal

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Madhi told reporters on Sunday that U.S. withdrawal from Syria will create “a lot of complications,” so it might be necessary for Iraq to take a stronger hand against Syrian terrorist groups to protect its own security interests.

Trump's surprise troop visit sparks criticism in Iraq

Iran-Linked Iraqi Lawmakers Condemn Surprise Trump Troop Visit

U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Iraq Wednesday reportedly prompted Iran-linked lawmakers and Tehran-allied militia leaders to condemn the move as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and demanded that the United States withdraw its estimated 5,200 troops from the country.