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Who is Really in Control of Iraq’s Mosul?

Who is Really in Control of Iraq’s Mosul?

By Zana Khasraw Gul Power within Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, is a spectrum of forces from ISIS, Ba’athist elements and Sunni tribes, among others. How is this tenuous assortment of power…

The new great regional game: Saudi Arabia and Iran

The new great regional game: Saudi Arabia and Iran

By Gabrielle Rifkind and Gianni Picco Decades of corrupt and authoritarian governments in the region which brutally suppressed both secular opposition and moderate Islamists have created the breeding ground for a more…

5 Most alarming Developments in Iraq

5 Most alarming Developments in Iraq

By Juan Cole 1. Airstrikes killed 7 and wounded 30 in Mosul on Sunday. But it isn’t clear who was flying the planes! The US denies it was Americans, and the spokesman…

How are Iran’s Special Forces intervening in Iraq?

How are Iran’s Special Forces intervening in Iraq?

By Golnaz Esfandiari To help Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government battle militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iran could potentially offer significant assistance through its powerful…

Uneasy Caliphate: Inside Hawija in Iraq

Uneasy Caliphate: Inside Hawija in Iraq

By Shalaw Mohammed | Hawija NIQASH visited Hawija, a large northern Iraqi town near Kirkuk, which is currently controlled by Sunni Muslim extremists and local tribes. The town is dominated by ISIS’…

Religion and the Fight over Public Space in Egypt

Religion and the Fight over Public Space in Egypt

By Marwa Fikry Abdel Samei | Cairo (Special to Informed Comment) “Have you pronounced blessings on the Prophet today?” These words alarmed the Egyptian regime and impelled it to announce a war…