Iraq

Intel: CENTCOM commander says Soleimani strike won’t deter Iran forever

The top commander of US military forces in the Middle East says he believes the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani has only temporarily deterred Iran from pursuing its goal of pushing US troops out of the region.

Jared Szuba | Iran-US tensions | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor A Iranian man carries a portrait of slain Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani during commemorations marking the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in the capital, Tehran, on Feb. 11, 2020. The United States killed Soleimani in a drone strike on Jan. 3. Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images.

What would President Kanye West's Middle East policy be?

Rapper Kanye West has yet to develop a foreign policy platform for his announced presidential candidacy, but his past lyrics, tweets and travels may reveal some of his views.

Adam Lucente | 2020 US election | Jul 9, 2020
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US CENTCOM commander discusses security ties in visit to Iraq

The visit of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie to Baghdad this week comes as the United States restructures and consolidates force posture while bringing in more NATO advisers.

Jared Szuba | Defense/Security cooperation | Jul 9, 2020
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Despite promises, displaced Iraqis linger in limbo

Iraq's prime minister has prioritized helping the displaced, but efforts to restore them to their homes are still hindered by political disagreements, a lack of funds and the absence of infrastructure and services.

Adnan Abu Zeed | | Jul 9, 2020
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Baghdad's row with Ankara could benefit each side

Turkey’s latest military operation against Kurdish militants based in northern Iraq has triggered harsh reactions from Baghdad but also opened room for dialogue between the militaries of the two sides.

Fehim Tastekin | | Jul 8, 2020
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