July 09, 2015 Brian Stewart

ISIS in Iraq and Syria: Bloodied but Unbowed

At the dawn of the US-led campaign against ISIS in September 2014, President Obama announced the formation of a “broad coalition” whose mission was to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.Since then, the international coalition has carried out more...

Iran’s Influence in Iraq: Temporary or Permanent?

The Americans will leave one day, Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani once told Iraqi leaders, but Iran will remain Iraq’s neighbor. That lesson has only been reinforced by the lead role Iran has since taken in the fight against ISIS.Iran...

Shiite Militias in Iraq: a Warped Line of Defense

As ISIS makes sweeping gains in Iraq, it is worrying to note that for the most part, the group is being fought by sectarian extremists. Shiite militias – often acting as unofficial affiliates of Iran’s military – are operating outside of the Iraqi...

ISIS and the Cleansing of a Culture

“Nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing under way in the country: it targets human lives, minorities, and is marked by the systematic destruction of humanity’s ancient heritage.” – Irina Bukova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific...

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