Iraq’s Growing Pains

Regional tensions bolster Iraq’s internal divisions By Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih Ankara’s push to bolster its position in the region has resulted in deployment of extra troops at a military camp in Iraq to train armed forces. This caused further sectarian tensions in the country, whose Iran-backed government considers the move a

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Blast in Northwestern Pakistan Kills 10, Injures 50

By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan Dec 13 – Ten people were killed and at least 50 injured in a blast in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, but it was unclear which militant group was responsible. Parachinar has a large Shiite population, unusual in Sunni-majority Pakistan, and locals have expressed fears

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Iraq’s PM Finds Himself Caught in The Crossfire, Again

By Suadad Al Salhy WEB EXCLUSIVE This past weekend has seen Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi at the center of yet another political storm following the announcement by U.S. officials that they planned to deploy more troops on the ground. Abadi has received messages—both direct and indirect—from Shiite political partners alluding to the risks

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