Chronic disorder among the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s many enemies may enable the extremist group to recover from a string of recent defeats and reclaim the initiative.
Highly sectarian media coverage and rhetoric surrounding the campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah threatens to further damage the strained social fabric of Iraq.
The Islamic State’s ideology is multifaceted and cannot be traced to one individual, movement, or period. Understanding it is crucial to defeating the group.
Tensions among Haider al-Abadi, Muqtada al-Sadr, and their rivals result from power struggles, not real disputes over reform.
One hundred years after the division of the Middle East, the effects of the Sykes-Picot agreement are still playing out across the region.
Two years after the self-proclaimed Islamic State gained control of Mosul, the prospects for liberation and the city’s future remain uncertain.
Fallujah is an opportunity for the central government to regain the trust of Iraq's Sunni population.
The Iraqi Army is facing some significant challenges as it seeks to retake Fallujah from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
In anticipation of the eventual power vacuum in Mosul, Kurdish forces have begun to plan for what comes next in the city, only an hour’s drive from Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital.
Despite uncertainties, the latest developments show the Sadrist movement could be a positive force in the Iraqi political scene.