Amid the backdrop of a fight against the Islamic State, the Kurdistan region of Iraq plans to hold an important vote to determine its direction on statehood. Earlier this month, Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani announced that a long-awaited referendum on independence would be held Sept. 25, 2017. Importantly, the vote will not only […]
It looks like Jared Kushner will win the “What did you do this weekend?” story contest at the White House this week. President Trump’s senior adviser (and son-in-law) visited Iraq with Gen. Joseph Dunford. It was unclear what Mr. Kushner, who has been expanding his reach in his father-in-law’s administration, planned to gain from the trip. A senior administration official confirmed the visit, saying that Mr. Kushner, | Read More »
The nongovernmental organization Save the Children recently released a report documenting almost unbelievable trauma among Syrian children. Hundreds of thousands of these children have known nothing but war, death, dispossession and loss. Syrian enrollment in primary education has dropped from 98 percent before the war to 61.5 percent this year. An entire generation risks being […]
The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” has been the subject of renewed debate in recent weeks. During his first address to Congress last month, President Trump said that his administration “is taking steps to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.” The president’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, warned that the expression could alienate allies within the […]
Republican ties to the Russians are all the rage these days. And while they are a legitimate concern, we can’t get caught up in petty partisan bias here. Let’s watch both sides. Let’s specifically watch how Democrat staffers paid off by foreign interests, and what they did in return. The webs are complicated, and designed to deceive, but Middle eastern business interests were funneling money | Read More »
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Lukman Faily served as Iraq’s ambassador to the United States for three years. He left that post, and the Iraqi Foreign Service, in 2016. A lot has transpired since our last chat and we plan to follow this short exchange with a more in depth discussion on Covert Contact soon. John Little: When we talked […]
John W. Little discusses the future of Iraq with Iraq’s former Ambassador to the United States.
Today is the very last day of the failed Obama Presidency. It seems like an appropriate time to take a look back at the epic fail that has been the Obama Hussein Obama’s presidency. Such a reverie must start with Obama’s false claims that he would not run for president in 2008. When Tim Russert, then the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” first asked Obama | Read More »
The militias fighting under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq have played a controversial role in the ongoing battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State. The PMF is widely seen inside Iraq and abroad as a sectarian Shiite force. On social media and in popular discourse (largely from a Sunni […]
Millions of Shiite Muslims traveled from across the Muslim world to walk in procession to the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq, today for the world’s largest, yet largely unknown, annual pilgrimage. This ziyara, or visit, to the shrine in southern Iraq is known as the Arbaeen. It marks the end of 40 days […]