Welcome to Iraq. America's military experts advise Iraq to push ISIS back into Syria. Here's the conversation in Wall Street Journal: Iraqi security forces and their U.S. partners are divided about where to next confront Islamic State after their victory over the extremist group in Tikrit last week. Both hope...

  • April 7, 2015

The southwest section of Tikrit is a burning ruin. After a week of artillery the residences have been leveled and bombs left by the ISIS and allied Sunni fighters have been detonated. The area reportedly looks like Stalingrad during World War II. Estimates from Al Sahra/COB Speicher put the shell...

  • March 26, 2015

All in all this looks to have been the worst week for the Islamists since May of 2011 when Osama bin Laden was killed and his files and computers were seized in the same raid. For every Saudi/GCC proxy in the area, they're in trouble. All across the board they're...

  • March 8, 2015

Back in September we had a telephone conversation with two men in Tikrit related to observance of Eid al-Adha. This holiday involves obtaining a meat animal, sacrifice/butchering, and distribution of meat to family and to the poor. During the American occupation these actions involved personal risk, often as not. With...

  • March 6, 2015
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