In case you missed them, here are this week’s top stories on Iraq:
- The emergence of this new political stance away from the sectarian affiliation is an important development in the Shiite community’s political awareness, which has been a result of the Iranian bias and arrogance in dealing with the Iraqi issue after the fall of the Baath regime
- Islamist parties have dominated the Iraqi political scene since the first elections in 2005 after the fall of Saddam Hussein. As a reaction to their long history of being repressed under Saddam’s regime — a repression that included leftist and liberal currents — those parties gained more support. The Islamist parties’ failure in managing the country has given a boost to secular and civil currents, and the Iraqi street is currently witnessing a significant growth of these currents through the protests that have been going on since last year.
- The Obama administration is grappling with a renewed show of force by Islamic State militants as they advanced again toward the ancient Syrian crossroads of Palmyra and exposed the Iraqi capital’s frailty through a series of deadly car bomb attacks.
- Iraq, there are many people with many grievances: Protestors in the protected Green Zone are demonstrating against a lack of services, poor governance and corruption, while Sunni tribal leaders are grumbling over Shiites’ control in Baghdad and their excesses on the battlefield.
-Middle East Monitor
- The United States is in doubtless need of a comprehensive reform of its national security strategy, including a better balance of capabilities leading to a qualitative advantage in future warfare.
- The United States “can’t fix” the deep-rooted problems that led to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said the country’s top intelligence official, who expects a tough slog in the war with ISIS.
-Department of Defense
- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve, officials reported today.