All posts in: Iraq

The Kurdish Faultline Nearly Breaks

This week the threat of war in Iraq between Arabs and Kurds was made explicit, with the Washington Post reporting that Kurdish officials are saying that “Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region and the Iraqi government are closer to war than at ...

“Iraq Isn’t Over”

Thomas Ricks, author of the acclaimed Fiasco, argued recently in the Washington Post that US involvement in Iraq may be only half over. “A smaller but long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq is probably the best we can hope for,” he ...

Iraq: still in limbo

In the Nov. 19th New Yorker, John Lee Anderson concludes that “Iraq’s future, for the moment, is in limbo. The best one can say, perhaps, is that the U.S. has bought or borrowed a little space to work with.” This is partly because ...

Iraq: a disastrous discontinuity?

The Washington Post reported yesterday that there is a way for things to suddenly get much worse in Iraq: a giant dam could collapse, releasing a 143-square-mile reservoir on the Tigris River. This would destroy much of the city of Mosul, which ...

Iraq: “bottom-up partition”

Writing in the Washington Post earlier this month, Jackson Diehl argued that events in Iraq are pushing the country to a kind of solution: This is a loose confederation of at least three self-governing regions, each with its own government, courts ...

Iraq’s slow self-partition

The Iraqi Red Crescent relief organization and the UN have found that Iraqis continue to become internal refugees on a large scale–possibly 100,000 a month–and displacement may have accelerated since the US troop buildup began in ...