August 30, 2020

Saddam Hussein was a brutal, genocidal, dictator who commited many crimes, but he was also a former unofficial US ally, which supported and sanctioned his crimes and brutalities because it served US interests in the region.

Saddam first rise to power happened in 1963, when...

January 3, 2020

On January 3, 1916, France and the UK created the Sykes-Picot agreement, which in effect partitioned the former provinces of the Ottoman empire in the middle east into French and British spheres of influence.

The agreement, which was signed in 1916, and which was kept top s...

December 1, 2018

In the two weeks before Iraq's seizure of Kuwait, the Bush Administration gave President Saddam Hussein little reason to fear a forceful American response if his troops invaded the country, in fact they practically gave him a green light to do it.

Saddam was an unofficial a...

May 19, 2018

On may 19, 1916, France and the UK conclude the Sykes-Picot agreement, which in effect partitioned the former provinces of the Ottoman empire in the middle east.

No one is suggesting that the middle east was an idyllic area free from conflict and war before the UK and Franc...

March 23, 2018

John Bolton, Trump's new national security advisor embodies everything that was wrong with US foreign policy in the 21th century.

His favorite solution for any threat any country might pose to the US national security, whether real or made up, is simple, bomb, invade and reg...

October 16, 2017

US backed and trained forces of the Iraqi army launched an operation against the US backed and trained Kurdish soldiers in the disputed Kirkuk region.

Iraqi forces launched a major operation south of Kirkuk late Sunday with the aim of ousting the Kurds, who occupied the ci...

October 8, 2017


The recent upheavals in Catalonia, Kurdish controlled areas around Turkey, Brexit, the Scottish referendum and Kosovo's independence have all have one thing in common, a national movement based on an ethnic, regional or national consciousness that wanted to become independ...

September 27, 2017

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted “yes” to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies.

In a televised address, Barzani said the “yes” vote had...

March 26, 2017

Reuters reported that the U.S. military confirmed on Saturday that a U.S. air strike had hit an Islamic State area in western Mosul where local residents and officials say as many as 200 civilians may have been killed.

The American confirmation followed a decision by Iraqi...

January 28, 2017

President Donald Trump has banned the entry of Syrian refugees into the US until further notice. He has also halted the issuing of visas to the nationals of six other mainly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for three months.

Mr Trump said the measure...

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