20 May 2019

Trump says war would be ‘end’ of Iran as tensions rise

If Iran wants to start a conflict with the United States, “that will be the official end of Iran,” US President Donald Trump warned in a Tweet on Sunday, adding that the country should “never threaten the United States again.” The Tweet was sent hours after the Iraqi military reported

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09 May 2019

Echoes of Iraq in Trump’s Confrontation with Iran

Various US intelligence experts and lawmakers believe that the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran in recent weeks bears an eerie resemblance to the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. One of the key similarities they see is the role of US National Security Advisor

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08 May 2019

Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Growing US-Iran tensions prompted US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to pay a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday in order to talk to the Iraqi government “about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country.” Pompeo also wanted to inform Iraq about

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25 Mar 2019

ISIS defeated in final Syria victory: SDF

After weeks of battle, a spokesman of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday finally issued a declaration of victory over Islamic State in Baghouz, the last village in Syria that was still under ISIS control. Analysts have warned that the defeat of ISIS in Syria is far from

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21 Mar 2019

Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIS

As people in Syria and across the globe await the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria, analysts are already speculating about the future of the terror group. One thing that most experts agree one, is that after the fall of Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory, ISIS

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to the Middle East this week as part of US President Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran. Pompeo will try to get support from Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon for the strategy that has not been welcomed by US allies in Europe and has

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11 Mar 2019

Iran’s president visits Iraq to strengthen ties amid US pressure

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday arrived in Iraq for his first official visit to the neighboring country. In the coming days, Rouhani and his large delegation aim to secure trade and investment deals. The visit is significant as it demonstrates Iran’s influence in Iraq, which shows that the US

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06 Mar 2019

Iraq defeated ISIS more than a year ago. The group’s revival is already underway

Even though the government of Iraq announced its victory over ISIS about a year ago, the group has not disappeared from the country. In fact, it actually seems to be experiencing a resurgence in the northern parts of Iraq, where militants are carrying out assassinations, plundering villages and planting explosives

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18 Feb 2019

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

US military officials believe that in the last half year, over 1,000 ISIS fighters including former members of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled from Syria into neighboring Iraq. The fighters could have taken along up to $200 million in cash. While the officials are convinced that the physical caliphate of

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04 Feb 2019

ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report

In spite of regular statements from the Trump administration regarding “victory” over ISIS, a draft report from the Pentagon indicates that without continued efforts, the terrorist organization could begin to expand its territory within 6-12 months. Coalition forces have retaken nearly 100% of the land previously occupied by ISIS, with

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