Tag: Iraq

It’s Time to Talk to Iran

This month, six years ago, we were in the midst of secret talks with Iran that led to the comprehensive nuclear agreement. It was a moment when diplomacy carried considerable risk, and considerable promise. Today, the promise has faded, and the risk is accelerating. The consequences of the Trump administration’s foolish decision to abandon that […]

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Kurds, Turkey and the U.S.: 5 Years of Tension, Alliances and Conflict

Turkey’s military strike on Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria — a group long regarded as the United States’ most reliable Syrian partner in its fight against the Islamic State — has been years in the making. To Turkey, an important American ally and NATO member, those fighters are terrorists bent on undermining the […]

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Military Leaders Fear They’ve Seen This Before. It Ended in the Iraq War.

WASHINGTON — The last time the United States abandoned allies in the Middle East, military officials say, it helped lead to the Iraq war. Now, almost 30 years later, President Trump has pulled American special forces and support troops away from Kurdish allies in northern Syria, easing the way for Turkey’s promised offensive, which began […]

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U.S. Takes Custody of British ISIS Detainees Who Abused Hostages

WASHINGTON — The American military has taken custody of two British detainees notorious for their roles in an Islamic State cell that tortured and killed Western hostages, removing them from a wartime prison in northern Syria run by a Kurdish-led militia, according to United States officials. The abrupt move came as the Turkish military moved […]

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How to Save Iraq

Iraqis have had enough. After years of poor governance, the Iraqi people have run out of patience with the failures of their governing elites to deliver basic services or to reduce unemployment and corruption. Tens of thousands have come out in protests in Baghdad and parts of southern Iraq since last week. More than 100 […]

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America Is Screwing the Kurds Yet Again

The United Nations had just opened its general assembly in late September last year when President Donald Trump gave a rare, 81-minute press conference. Kurdish journalist Rahim Rashidi, who was born in Iran and had fled to Iraq, then Turkey, then claimed refuge in Sweden before settling into a new life in Washington, raised his […]

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts. Even the prospect of such talks represents a remarkable […]

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Iraqi Government Struggles to Contain Wave of Chaotic Protests

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government scrambled on Thursday to curb a third day of violent antigovernment protests, as people took to the streets in the capital and in a half dozen southern provinces, some throwing rocks at security forces who responded with bullets. At least 22 people were killed and hundreds were wounded, with the […]

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They Risked All for America. Don’t Betray Them.

David Petraeus, a retired general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and more than 25 American generals and admirals recently wrote to President Trump supporting a robust refugee resettlement program — especially for people who have served American military and intelligence agencies in their native countries. But the Trump administration has decided to […]

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‘Just Give Us a Country’: Thousands in Iraq Protest Corruption

BAGHDAD — Violent protests have erupted across much of Iraq as demonstrators poured into the streets, embittered about poor public services, corruption and unemployment. By early Thursday, 14 people were confirmed dead by the Health Ministry and by hospitals: five in Baghdad and nine in Nasiriya, in southern Iraq. Hundreds of others were wounded, primarily […]

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The Corruption Before Trump

Every republic, large and small, lives with a tension between the need for public-spirited, civic-minded leaders and the inevitable pull of private interests and affections. The larger and wealthier the republic, the greater the challenge, because the republic’s officials must live and move and work in an atmosphere of commercial wealth and foreign lucre — […]

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How Mark Milley, a General Who Mixes Bluntness and Banter, Became Trump’s Top Military Adviser

WASHINGTON — Mark A. Milley never planned to spend his life in the military. He faced a choice between joining crew-cut cadets at West Point and attending an Ivy League university. As he weighed the decision, his father, a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima in World War II, made clear he did not want […]

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The Violence That Followed Iraq’s Post-Invasion Spiral

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. A little more than two years ago, The New York Times Magazine published an article by James Verini on the battle for Mosul, a consequential phase of the military effort to beat […]

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The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’

“We have got to put an end to endless war,” declared Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., during the Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday. It was a surefire applause line: Many people consider “endless war” to be the central problem for American foreign policy. Even President Trump, the target of Mr. Buttigieg’s attack, […]

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My Best Friend Died by Suicide. I Wish I Had Seen the Warning Signs.

Suicide is the No. 1 killer of active-duty airmen in the United States Air Force. In February, the crisis prompted the Air Force to release a memo calling for a culture change within the service. For me and many others, that shift is a personal charge. Six years ago, my best friend, Neil Landsberg, died […]

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Three SEAL Team Leaders Fired for Breakdowns in Discipline

Naval Special Warfare Command fired the three senior leaders of SEAL Team Seven on Friday, saying their failure in leadership caused a breakdown of good order and discipline. The top SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, relieved SEAL Team Seven’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Edward Mason; the executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Luke Im; and the […]

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Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The White House is considering a plan that would effectively bar refugees from most parts of the world from resettling in the United States by cutting back the decades-old program that admits tens of thousands of people each year who are fleeing war, persecution and famine, according to current and former administration officials. […]

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The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran

In July of 2017, the White House was at a crossroads on the question of Iran. President Trump had made a campaign pledge to leave the “terrible” nuclear deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Tehran, but prominent members of Trump’s cabinet spent the early months of the administration pushing the mercurial president to negotiate […]

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