Endtimes in Mosul

On 22 May, Ahmed Mohsen, an unemployed taxi driver, left his house in the Islamic State-controlled western part of Mosul to try to escape across the Tigris to the government-held eastern side of the city. He and his mother, along with ten other people, carried rubber tyres down to the river: most of them couldn’t …

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Iranian Kurdish Fighters Step Up Clashes Ahead of KRG Independence Vote

Iranian Kurdish opposition groups based in Iraqi Kurdistan appear to have stepped up their armed activities inside Iran in recent weeks, undermining the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) efforts to promote its upcoming independence referendum as a peaceful development. Iranian Kurdish fighters based in Iraq have repeatedly crossed the border into Iran and engaged in numerous clashes …

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Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 30, 2017. Photo: Reuters via Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court

And the Winners in the Post-Daesh Era Are …

Muqtada al-Sadr is up to something. In 2004 occupied Iraq, the nationalist leader who later engineered the Sadrist movement was even demonized as America’s number one enemy – briefly dethroning Osama bin Laden. Now, he’s being painted – by the usual Wahhabi-coddling suspects – as some sort of Reconciliator. Last month, al-Sadr flew to Jeddah …

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Iranian Foreign Policy in Iraq Following Defeat of ISIS

With the recent advances made by the Syrian Arab Army together with the Russian Air Forces in Syria against ISIS, coupled with the continuous pushing back of the same group in Iraq by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs), the end of the upstart caliphate pretending to the title of ‘Islamic State’ is very close at …

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Saudi Arabia Begs Iraq to Mediate in Dispute with Iran

Far from being a good will gesture, Saudi intents to drive a wedge between Iraq's Shi'a dominated government and the Islamic Republic. Saudi Arabia has extraordinarily asked Iraq to mediate in the prolonged schism between Saudi Arabia and Iran. According to Iraq’s Interior Minister Qassim Araji, “Mohammed bin Salman (the Saudi crown prince) officially demanded me …

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Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman with Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada Al Sadr, centre, in Jeddah on July 30, 2017. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Handout via Reuters

With an Eye on Iran, US Welcomes Moqtada Al Sadr Visit to Saudi Arabia

The visit to Saudi Arabia by Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr was welcomed by the Trump administration on Monday, and is seen by experts as a significant development for regional stability and countering Iran’s expansionism. The black-turbaned cleric sent a message to several quarters by meeting Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on …

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How the ‘Center’ is Spinning Apart

That “icon” of the “centrists,” Facebook, recently wrote to a site on the U.S. “Alt-Right” telling them that various posts which they had authored must be immediately taken down, or would be deleted. The references which had offended were the words ‘trannies” for transgenders and “cross-dressers.” The message from Facebook further suggested that gender “identity” is …

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