Tag: Iraq

Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its […]

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Iran Is Crushing Freedom One Country at a Time

Having covered the Middle East my entire adult life, I’m seeing some trends emerging there that I’ve never seen before. One is from the streets of Beirut to the streets of Baghdad to streets all across Iran, Middle Easterners are demanding to be treated as citizens with rights, and not just members of a sect […]

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Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance

He was limp and dusty from an explosion, conscious but barely. A far cry from the fierce, masked Islamic State fighters who once seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, the captive was a scraggly teenager in a tank top with limbs so thin that his watch slid easily off his wrist. Chief Petty Officer […]

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Iraq’s Prime Minister is Resigning After Nearly 400 Protesters Have Been Killed

Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday that he will resign after a brutal crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 400 people dead. The announcement triggered wild celebrations among protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation came just a day after more than 40 protesters were shot dead by security forces in Baghdad and the […]

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Iraq Prime Minister Says He Will Resign Amid Protests

BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi of Iraq announced on Friday that he would submit his resignation to Parliament, following weeks of nationwide antigovernment protests that have left hundreds dead. The announcement prompted jubilant celebrations at the main protest site, Tahrir Square in Baghdad, the capital. While Parliament is likely to accept his resignation, […]

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Iraqi leader orders investigation as deadly protests rage on

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has ordered an investigation into violence that has led to the deaths of at least 31 people this week in ongoing anti-government protests. The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement Thursday that a dedicated committee will be formed, led by Abdul Mahdi’s military adviser. It comes after Iran called […]

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Iraqi Protesters Burn Down Iranian Consulate

BAGHDAD — Iraqi protesters in the southern city of Najaf burned down the Iranian Consulate there on Wednesday night in an outburst of anger at Iran, witnesses said. The government imposed a curfew until further notice. Video showed sizable crowds outside the consulate shouting and waving Iraqi flags. This was the second attempt in a […]

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America Lost the Iraq War. These Cables Show How

In 2013, a decade after the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division entered Baghdad and toppled Saddam Hussein, the service undertook a major exercise in self-reflection. Commissioned by General Ray Odierno, the Army chief, and finished under General Mark Milley—now the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the Army’s two volume, 1,300-page assessment of the Iraq War, […]

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‘Bloodbath’: Iraq Is Cracking Down on Protesters With Live Ammunition and Military-Grade Tear Gas Grenades

Iraqi security forces killed at least nine people when they opened fire on anti-government protesters Sunday, continuing a brutal crackdown on dissent that has already claimed 339 lives. The latest deaths happened in Baghdad and in Nassiriyah and the port of Um Qasr, near Basra, when Iraqi forces used live fire to disperse demonstrations, according […]

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Vice President Mike Pence makes unannounced visit to Iraq to visit US troops

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced trip to Iraq to visit US troops ahead of Thanksgiving, landing in the country Saturday amid violent anti-government protests. Pence visited the Al Asad Air Force Base in western Iraq, where he was greeted by the US Ambassador to Iraq and several military officers. He received a classified […]

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Mike Pence Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD — Vice President Mike Pence made an unexpected visit to Iraq on Saturday, arriving as protests aimed at toppling the Iraqi leadership and changing the political system have continued to shake the country. Mr. Pence landed at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western desert, where many of the American troops are billeted while […]

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The Moral Injury of Pardoning War Crimes

Post-traumatic stress — the nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety triggered by terrifying events — is a defining injury of the global war on terrorism. But in the past few decades, the mental health community and the military have come to understand that there is a related, intensifying phenomenon called moral injury. Moral injury doesn’t simply result […]

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‘Our Patience Is Over’: Why Iraqis Are Protesting

SADR CITY, Iraq — In the morning, the squarely built father of four wore flowing tribal robes to receive visitors in his garden, but by early afternoon he was in jeans, traveling light, his cellphone in one hand and his to-do list in his head. He had a half dozen stops before he reached Tahrir […]

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The War Criminals I Have Known

The lower-ranking accused war criminals I’ve known all struck me as really nice guys, right up until it seemed they weren’t. That’s war for you. Things are fine until they’re not, and then after that someone is probably dead, and everyone left alive thinks about it for the rest of their lives.  Jonathan Keefe was one […]

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Iran Intel Leak: Main Takeaways From Secret Cables

Information from a trove of secret Iranian intelligence cables was published simultaneously by The Intercept and The New York Times on Monday. The leak exposed Iran’s vast influence in Iraq, detailing the painstaking efforts of Iranian spies to co-opt Iraqi leaders and infiltrate every aspect of political life. The trove consists of roughly 700 pages […]

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Iraqi Protesters Cheer Victory Over Iran, at Least on the Soccer Field

BAGHDAD — The protesters massed and shouted against Iran again on Thursday in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere, much as they have done over the past six weeks. But this time they were shouting with euphoria. Their national soccer team outscored Iran 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match. The police, who in other circumstances […]

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Iraq Cracks Down on Protests as Prime Minister Gains Support

Iraqi security forces moved Saturday to take ground back from anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad, forcing a confrontation that turned violent and filled the streets with careening vehicles rushing the wounded to first aid stations and hospitals. The melee, which killed six people on Saturday, followed blanket crackdowns in the southern city of Basra on Friday […]

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The New Middle East of a Post-Sectarian Generation

BEIRUT — Her voice broke. Tears overcame Zeinab Mirza, a political studies lecturer at the American University of Beirut. She was crying for Lebanon’s awakening. “In a way,” she said, “We were in a coma before.” Something is going on in the Middle East. People from Beirut to Baghdad are in the streets clamoring for […]

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Iraqis Rise Against a Reviled Occupier: Iran

BAGHDAD — It started quietly a month or so ago with scattered protests. Those steadily expanded until last week more than 200,000 Iraqis marched in Baghdad, raging against the Iraqi government and a foreign occupier — not the United States this time, but Iran. While the current leaders of the Iraqi government cower inside the […]

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Under Trump, Iraqis Who Helped U.S. in War Are Stalled in Refugee System

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is refusing to take in thousands of Iraqis who risked their lives helping American forces during the Iraq war, cutting the number of high-priority refugees allowed into the United States this year and drastically slowing background checks they must undergo. Only 153 Iraqi refugees whose applications were given high priority […]

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The ‘Whimpering’ Terrorist Only Trump Seems to Have Heard

WASHINGTON — It was a vivid scene worthy of the ending of a Hollywood thriller, the image of a ruthless terrorist mastermind finally brought to justice “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to his death. But it may be no more true than a movie script. In the days since President Trump gave […]

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