Iraq’s Maliki Takes Syrian Government’s Side in Uprising

By: Monday August 15, 2011 8:55 am

A series of bombs tore through Iraq today, killing at least 74 and wounding another 247. For some reason, the response to this violence in the United States always tends toward the proposition that we have to keep military troops in the country for an extended period. Unless I miss my guess, there are already [...]

Violence Continues in Ivory Coast Despite Gbagbo Capture

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 8:30 am

The capture of Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast has sadly not stopped the violence in Abidjan. 18 people died yesterday in fighting in the pro-Gbagbo suburb of Yopougon, mainly by youth militia angered that their leader Gbagbo had been arrested. Militias took to the streets as news spread of Gbagbo’s arrest and fired in the [...]

Gbagbo Finally Captured in Ivory Coast, Now the Difficult Work Begins

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:10 am

Laurent Gbagbo’s capture all but ends the bloody standoff in Ivory Coast, which cost at least 1,500 lives – the full casualty count is not yet known – and brought the nation to the brink of civil war. But questions remain over whether Alassane Ouattara can now reunify the country. The official story is that [...]

Gbagbo Poisons the Well for Legitimate Leadership in Ivory Coast

By: Friday April 8, 2011 8:45 am

The situation in Ivory Coast has reached something of a nervous stalemate as well. Laurent Gbagbo is holed up in the presidential bunker (in Ivory Coast, I guess they need things like a presidential bunker). He has less than 1,000 troops loyal to him. Alassane Ouattara’s troops have the presidential residence surrounded and plan to [...]

Top General Switches Sides in Yemen, Saleh Isolated

By: Monday March 21, 2011 8:00 am

I mentioned yesterday that the uprising in Yemen seemed to be moving on a different trajectory. Officials had the capacity to be reviled by the attempt at repression by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the killing of dozens of protesters. Many cabinet ministers resigned their posts. I thought that the control of the military would [...]

US Changes Tune on Iraqi Government: “Slow Down!”

By: Monday October 18, 2010 8:33 am

This is really funny: when it looked like the only option for Iraq’s government would include a role for former CIA asset Iyad Allawi, American officials urged the formation of a coalition without delay. Now that Muqtada al-Sadr has backed the Shiite Nouri al-Maliki, and the coalition could freeze out Allawi, America’s all, why hurry? [...]

Military Hoping to Bomb Afghan Taliban to the Negotiating Table

By: Friday October 15, 2010 12:01 pm

Dexter Filkins outlines a cruel to be kind approach the military has adopted in Afghanistan: Airstrikes on Taliban insurgents have risen sharply here over the past four months, the latest piece in what appears to be a coordinated effort by American commanders to bleed the insurgency and pressure its leaders to negotiate an end to [...]

Iraq Speech Will Sidestep True Costs of the War

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 12:35 pm

In remarks at Fort Bliss today, the President gave a rough outline of his remarks tonight about Iraq. I’m going to make a speech to the nation tonight. It’s not going to be a victory lap. It’s not going to be self-congratulatory. There’s still a lot of work that we’ve got to do to make [...]

Odierno Floats UN Peacekeepers, Not US Troops, for Post-War Iraq

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 8:50 am

US troops in Iraq have lowered to 77,500, their lowest number in years. By the end of August, the status of forces agreement negotiated by President Bush calls for the removal of all combat troops, with a residual force of about 50,000 left over until the end of 2011. But as Juan Cole notes, a [...]

The Iraq Election Crisis: Baghdad Recount and Calls For New Votes

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 10:19 am

I know we don’t talk about Iraq anymore in America, but there’s a sophisticated, slow-motion election theft going on over there, which you’d think would at least merit a passing mention. After the de-Baathification committee disqualified some members of Iyad Allawi’s Iraqiya list, now the election commission has ruled for a targeted recount of Baghdad, [...]

Iraqi Election Getting Overturned In Stages

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 6:15 am

American newspapers have a quota system when it comes to Iraq these days – zero articles per day – but other news organizations have noticed the looming chaos of the still incomplete Iraqi elections: Iraq’s election results have been thrown into further doubt after 52 candidates were disqualified, threatening the slight lead of challenger Ayad [...]

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