Noor Al Hassan

Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination. Read more


Camp Bucca

U.S. Army

As part of a 2004 delegation to Camp Bucca, where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was held for 10 months, I heard tales of horrific experiences. It was one of the most hellish spots I've ever encountered. Read more



Encarni Pindado

Mexico has deployed 6,000 troops to patrol the crossing points and strategic smuggling routes across the country—just one more barrier immigrants fleeing violence in Central America have to face. Read more


David Bacon (Part 2, teaser)

Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

These photographs, shown in the halls of California oil workers and longshoremen, revealed to them how their counterparts in Iraq were treated, often by the same oil monopolies. Read more


David Bacon (Part 1, Teaser)

Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

Iraq had one of the most radical labor movements in the Middle East before the reign of Saddam Hussein. After the U.S. invasion in 2003 Bacon traveled to Iraq to learn what had become of the workers. He did not anticipate what he saw. Read more



Alicia M. Anderson, USMC

Biden used his leadership to get a Democratic-controlled Senate to give then-President Bush in 2002 the unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States. Read more

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Andrea DiCenzo

In January, my colleagues and I interviewed dozens of residents in eastern Mosul who had remained in their homes as Iraq’s battle with the Islamic State shifted to their neighborhoods. They shared horrific stories. Read more



Kalman Zabarsky Boston University Photography

Our current military effort is a failed one—and it's time for an entirely new approach, says Andrew Bacevich. Read more


A Syrian refugee describes the challenges he faces stuck in Finnish immigration. Read more


On the anniversary of the longest war in U.S. history, we offer this reflection on how we got here. Read more

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The death toll of the “let’s kill the people who are trying to kill us" method is rising. Read more


If this cartoon seems complicated, that’s because it is. Read more


Even if Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the war would still have been wrong. Read more

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Empty buildings and people in need of shelter. Read more


“We are fighting for a democratic process for the entire Middle East.” Read more

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"I was troubled by Clinton's hollow responses and the fact that they went unchallenged by the mainstream media." Read more


Image: U.S. Army File Photo In a strange experiment, a U.S. Army program embedded social scientists with armed military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, beginning in 2007. The program finally just ended. Its closure was long overdue. The ... Read more

Op-Eds 1 Comments

With the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, fingers are pointing faster than you can say "Preemptive War." John McCain thinks the crazy Islamic extremists of ISIS wouldn't be causing the world all this trouble if only Obama hadn't s... Read more

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    Sgt. Kyle Talbot Special Purpose Marine Air-Groun


    A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, stands post during the reinforcement of the Baghdad Embassy Compound in Iraq, Jan. 4, 2020. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a quick reaction force, prepared to deploy a variety of capabilities across the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot)