In ‘The Sheriff of Babylon,’ Iraq Is a Crime Scene
There’s a corpse in the street and no one wants to claim it. The body rots under the Hands of Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. It’s 2004 and, according to Pres. George W. Bush, America has achieved victory. The body was once an Iraqi named Ali Al Fahar who worked... Read more
When the Kurdish Peshmerga Fights Like an Army, It Loses
The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has helped to train the Kurdish Peshmerga militia to become better at urban operations and fighting on flat terrain against Islamic State, a clear departure from those old campaigns it waged from the mountains against the Iraqi army. The Peshmerga is closer... Read more
On the Lonely Iraq-Syria Border, Snipers Battle for a Strategic Road
This story originally appeared on Oct. 1, 2014. I don my helmet and scoot onto the rooftop with the Kurdish fighters, all of us keeping low to avoid forming silhouettes. Because silhouettes are targets—and there are Islamic State snipers out there, somewhere in Rabia, the nearby Iraqi town just... Read more
Iran Bombarded Iraq Throughout the 1990s
Following the Persian Gulf War until the year 2001, Iran launched intermittent air and missile strikes against Iraq, targeting both the People’s Mujahedin of Iran militant group — also known as the MEK, which the Saddam Hussein’s regime hosted in the country — and the Iranian Kurdish opposition group... Read more
Iraq’s Controversial Ballots Go Up in Flames
BAGHDAD — A fire has engulfed a storage facility in the Rusafa district in Baghdad housing physical ballots from the Iraqi elections held in May 2018. First-responders and fire brigades are attempting to control the blaze and maintain security. The fire comes just five days after Iraqi lawmakers passed... Read more
Las dos muertes de Loco Fakhir
Muchos combatientes Peshmerga kurdos han muerto luchando contra el Estado Islámico. Pero la noticia de la muerte del coronel Fakhir Barwary el 11 de noviembre de 2014 tenía un significado especial. Eso es porque la muerte de Barwary fue noticia en dos ocasiones distintas. Los medios de comunicación lo... Read more
Saving the U.S. Military From Itself
This story originally appeared in 2007. It’s time to save the U.S. military from itself. I say this as a retired Air Force officer who served for 20 years, my last three in a “joint” assignment, working closely with Army, Marine and Navy officers and enlisted men and women.... Read more
The Two Deaths of Crazy Fakhir
This story originally appeared on Nov. 18, 2014. Many Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have died fighting Islamic State militants. But the news of Col. Fakhir Barwary’s death on Nov. 11, 2014 held special significance. That’s because Barwary’s death has been reported on two separate occasions. The media wrongly declared him... Read more
For Iraq, Bombing ISIS in Syria Was the Easy Part
The Iraqi air force sortied high-tech F-16 fighter jets armed with laser-guided bombs to strike suspected Islamic State forces near the town of Al Shaddi in eastern Syria on April 19,  signalling a major escalation of Baghdad’s war on ISIS. The cross-border raid, at least the second of its... Read more
Lecciones sobre carros de combate aprendidas por Irak durante la Guerra contra el Estado Islámico
Tras su éxito contra el Estado Islámico (ISIS) en el campo de batalla, Irak está estudiando las futuras necesidades de sus fuerzas acorazadas. Bagdad tiene sobre la mesa planes para la adquisición de carros de combate T-90 y al mismo tiempo básicamente está estudiando la viabilidad de modernizar su... Read more

Paul Iddon

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