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West turns a blind eye as Daesh grow and prosper

  • As we pass another 9/11 anniversary, people talk about Daesh as if they were a defeated, spent force. In fact, they are a more globalized movement than at any time in their history. As recently as 2017, about 80 percent of Daesh’s activity was in Iraq and Syria, but in 2022 the vast majority ...
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Iran wins a battle but must lose the war for Iraq’s independence

  • With at least 30 dead and hundreds injured in clashes in Baghdad last week, Iraq is on the threshold of civil war. With the country’s survival as an independent nation in the balance, civil society protesters took to the streets pledging renewed mass demonstrations and chanting that “Iran will ...
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Civil war looms as Iraqis call time on power-grabbing militants

  • These are days of reckoning in Baghdad. Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr and a growing swath of Iraqis are finally taking a stand against the Coordination Framework — a flimsy political front for Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi, the vast Iran-backed paramilitary coalition with the blood of tens of thousands of Iraqis...
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The Taliban a year on: imposing misery, exporting instability

  • During their first year in power the Taliban have presided over one of the fastest declines of any nation in history. Not only have about 90 percent of Afghans been dragged to the brink of starvation, but the female half of the population have also been entirely robbed of their future, includin...
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Severing Hezbollah’s grip is Lebanon’s only salvation

  • Two years after Beirut’s port catastrophe — which was an apt metaphor for the wider state of Lebanon —the port’s huge grain silos continue to disintegrate and toxic fires feed upon their decomposing contents, terrorizing locals and prompting fears about stinking clouds of carcinogenic dust visi...
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Iraq on the cusp of anarchy as Tehran’s grip falters

  • Iraqis are terrified that renewed internecine Shiite strife could plunge the country into all-out war. Both sides have hundreds of thousands of militia fighters and supporters at their disposal. Neither appears motivated to back down. “The fire of dissention will burn us all,” warned Prime Mini...
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Humiliation piled on humiliation for Iran’s spy agencies

  • It turns out Iran’s intelligence services aren’t so intelligent after all. After a series of mortifying failures, Hossein Taeb — Iran’s “untouchable” spy chief, with close ties to the supreme leader — has been summarily thrown overboard. This was a man who enjoyed immense power and unima...
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Iran’s henchmen stage a coup in Baghdad

  • Iraq is witnessing a brazen coup d’etat. Nine months ago, the Iran-backed Fatah paramilitary coalition suffered a devastating electoral defeat, plunging to just 17 out of 329 seats. That should have meant political extinction. Yet, after months of cynical obstruction tactics, it has forced a ...
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Muslim world calls out radical narratives from India’s BJP

  • In a few short years, under the stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has lurched from secular democracy to demagogic theocracy. Although Hinduism has traditionally coexisted amicably with many other religious beliefs, India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party champions Hindutva —...
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How Iran’s malign proxies are tearing a nation apart

  • The Iran-backed Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi paramilitary movement has adopted a “divide-and-conquer strategy” in its efforts to dominate Iraq’s ethnically diverse Nineveh province. A new report by the International Crisis Group also warns that the activities of these Iranian proxies risk triggering a ...
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