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Jun 11, 2014, 3:33pm EDT
  • October 15, 2019

    Joe Biden’s Iraq problem

    The former vice president has a long, complicated, and some would say checkered history with Iraq. Here’s the full story.

  • November 1, 2016

    In Iraq, the environment itself has become a weapon of war — again

    It’s a tactic with a long, ugly history in the country.

  • September 12, 2014

    Is Obama’s legal justification for the war on ISIS "a stretch"?

    The problems with President Obama's claim that a 2001 law gave him the authority to bomb ISIS.

  • August 11, 2014

    Three ways that oil matters for the crisis in Iraq

    The latest US intervention isn't "all about oil." But it'd be wrong to pretend oil is irrelevant to the crisis in Iraq.

  • July 1, 2014

    ISIS mocks Obama in Michael Bay-esque video

    There's a totally unnecessary explosion and everything.

  • June 24, 2014

    The skeptic's case for bombing Iraq

    Most plans for airstrikes against ISIS are hopeless. Here's one that might actually work.

  • June 23, 2014

    This chart shows Iraq's two-year slide into chaos

    The current crisis has been brewing for a long time.

  • June 20, 2014

    The real roots of Iraq's Sunni-Shia conflict

    "There's a lot of people who place hope in this rebellion as a revolution."

  • June 20, 2014

    Iraqis say their lives are better under ISIS

    The terrorist group may be winning the crucial battle for hearts and minds in Sunni-dominated northern Iraq.

  • June 20, 2014

    Why the Iraqi army can't defeat ISIS

    How 7,000 Sunni extremists can keep rolling back a national military with 250,000 troops.

  • June 19, 2014

    Obama just opened the door to airstrikes in Iraq

    Obama is deploying US military advisers to Iraq. That's a big step toward strikes.

  • June 19, 2014

    Kicking out Maliki won’t solve Iraq’s problems

    Iraq's prime minister played a huge role in causing the current crisis. But removing him won't resolve the deeper issues fueling it.

  • June 18, 2014

    ISIS surrounded Iraq's largest oil refinery

    It turns out not everything in Iraq affects global oil prices. Here's why.

  • June 18, 2014

    How ISIS could fall apart — and make the war worse

    There's a very plausible way that Iraq's most vicious Islamist group could lose the vast amounts of territory they've come to control. But it's not clear that the conflict would get any less violent as a result.

  • June 18, 2014

    Does America even have a Middle East strategy?

    A former ambassador to Saudi Arabia lays out the contradictions in America's strategy — or lack thereof — in the Middle East.

  • June 17, 2014

    Obama won't bomb Iraq — for now

    An inside look at the administration's thinking on Iraq.

  • June 16, 2014

    American troops are going back to Iraq

  • June 16, 2014

    Do Americans really want a third Iraq war?

    The new Rasmussen poll claiming that a plurality of Americans want to start bombing ISIS is probably wrong. For one thing, the question wrongly equates the group with al-Qaeda.

  • June 16, 2014

    ISIS released horrifying photos of a massacre

    They think that the photos will help them on the battlefield. Here's why.

  • June 16, 2014

    The mess in Iraq proves Obama was right to leave

    Invading was a mistake, and there's nothing the American military was able to do in years of fighting to resolve Iraq's problems.

  • June 15, 2014

    "This is a real disaster for Sunnis"

    What you need to know about the political divisions behind the ISIS crisis.

  • June 13, 2014

    Iraq is Barack Obama's problem from hell

    The rise of ISIS pits two of the Obama administration's most fundamental beliefs about foreign policy against each other.

  • June 13, 2014

    The most important line from Obama's Iraq speech

    "The US is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis."

  • June 13, 2014

    Obama's going to speak on Iraq at 11:50

  • June 13, 2014

    11 facts that explain Iraq's escalating crisis

    Here's what you need to know to understand Iraq's crisis, and where it goes from here.

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