Iraq- Global News Round Up

In case you missed them, here are this week’s top stories on Iraq:

 

Why Shiites Are Divided Over Iranian Role in Iraq

-Al-Monitor

  • 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

 

Will Secular Parties Gain Upper Hand in Iraq?

Al-Monitor

  • 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.

 

U.S Grapples With Renewed Show of Force by IS in Syria, Iraq

-ABC

  • 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.

 

Who’s in Control in Iraq?

-USA Today

  • 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.

 

Iraq’s National Coalition Calls for an Emergency Salvation Government

-Middle East Monitor

  • The national coalition of Iraq led by Iyad Allawi has called to form an emergency national salvation government for the maximum period of one and a half year in order to lift the country out of its current political crisis.

 

Strategic Misfire: the Army’s Planned Reduction of Civil Affairs Forces 

-Foreign Policy

  • 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.

 

When it Comes to Iraq and Syria, U.S Can’t ‘Fix It’

-Rudaw

  • 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.

 

US, Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq 

-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.

 

 

 

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