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ISIS After the Caliphate

Following the expulsion of the Islamic State, or ISIS, from Mosul in Iraq, and with the imminent fall of the group's de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria, reports have suggested that ISIS fighters are defecting or surrendering en masse. But such bullish appraisals of the collapse of ISIS's fighting ...

This Is What Victory Over ISIS Looks Like

The declarations of victory played out across Iraq and Syria: The long campaigns to retake city after city from Islamic State militants had come to an end. But the hard-won battles left vast destruction in their wake, and the celebrations from atop the rubble of once-grand buildings are ringing ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had "occupied" the disputed province of Kirkuk this week. However, the warrant against Kosrat Rasul is unlikely to be executed as the central ...

With Loss of Its Caliphate, ISIS May Return to Guerrilla Roots

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shriveled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run. But rather than declare the Islamic State and its virulent ideology conquered, many Western and Arab counterterrorism officials are bracing for a ...

What to Watch For in Post-ISIS Iraq and Syria

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, once estimated to have occupied a third of Iraqi and Syrian territory, has been reduced to a handful of enclaves, bringing a complicated endgame into focus. In July 2017, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul, as his troops, with U.S. backing, ...

Iraq Will Remain United

In June 2014, the cover of Time magazine echoed a sentiment common among pundits and outsiders: The End of Iraq,' it read. I am proud to say that three years later, thanks to the Iraqi armed forces and the Iraqi people, these predictions were wrong. Since then, Iraq has steadily dealt defeats to the ...

The Kurdish people have won the moral argument , the world should embrace our independence

Many who follow what is happening in the Middle East will be wondering what's next for the failed former states of Iraq and Syria in a post-ISIS world. Here in the arbitrarily-designated Kurdish Region of Iraq, however, this is not the case. Fresh off a resounding independence referendum victory, ...

Khurmala in the crosshairs

Federal forces scramble to reinforce dramatic gains in Iraq's disputed territories, as the KRG fortifies a key oil asset in anticipation of another potential confrontation.

Iraq oil production up as key fields change hands

Nationwide oil production continued its month-on-month increase in September, and the Oil Ministry has plans for that to continue.

America Is in Denial About Iraq

The last pockets of the Islamic State in Iraq have still not been recaptured, and already the country's sectarian divisions are coming out in the open as the common enemy dissipates. On Monday, as Iraqi regular forces and Shiite militia rolled into the city of Kirkuk that lies at the center of the ...

America's Opportunity In Iraq Is Ready To Be Seized

The American contribution to the defeat of the Islamic State has given Washington a new prestige in Iraq. Indeed, the United States has an extraordinarily favorable image in Baghdad. It is hard to overstate the significance of what Iraq has accomplished in the past three years, and most Iraqis ...

The rise and fall of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

On Tuesday, U.S.-backed forces claimed to have full control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's onetime capital and most symbolically important stronghold. The militant group — once known as al-Qaeda in Iraq — began seizing key cities in 2014 with the capture of Fallujah, Tikrit and ...

The Ignominious End of the ISIS Caliphate

History will record that the Islamic State caliphate—a bizarre pseudo-state founded on illusory goals, created by a global horde of jihadis, and enforced with perverted viciousness—survived for three years, three months and some eighteen days. The fall of Raqqa, the nominal ISIS capital, was ...

Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Oct. 17, 2017

Whenever the media office of the Council of Ministers releases decisions of the Cabinet, Iraq Oil Report publishes a translation from the original Arabic.

Kirkuk crisis redraws northern Iraq's oil map

Federal forces are advancing deep into disputed territories beyond Kirkuk, fundamentally changing the balance of power over oil in northern Iraq.

ISIS' brutal past, shrinking present, and uncertain future

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria , responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, is on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants have now lost their self-proclaimed capital ...

Iraq ousted ISIS, but 'Mosul can never be the same again'

A few days ago, Mahmoud Saeed boarded a plane for a trip that is sure to be filled with trepidation. The acclaimed Iraqi author had not seen his beloved hometown in six long years. And while Mosul had been freed from the so-called Islamic State, it would never be the same. He knew that when

Mission Still Not Accomplished in Iraq

In July 2017, Iraqi soldiers, backed by U.S. air strikes, liberated Mosul, the city where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State , had declared a caliphate just three years before. It was a hard-won victory. For nine grueling months, Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service, an elite group ...

How Sci-Fi Writers Imagine Iraq's Future

Speculative fiction from around the world has been gaining significant traction in the U.S. in recent years. Nordic sci-fi novels such as The Core of the Sun and Amatka—by Johanna Sinisalo and Karin Tidbeck, respectively—have been published in the States by the likes of Grove Atlantic and ...

When Cities Fall

From the struggle of prolonged urban warfare, to the thrill of victory and the brutal aftermath, VOA brings you to three cities – Mosul and Tal Afar in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria – for an inside look at what happens when cities fall. On a recent trip to west Mosul, we couldn't enter the

Defeat As Victory? How The Islamic State Will Rely On Hijrah To Claim A Win

The mini-empire' that ISIL built in Iraq and Syria is collapsing, which fuels a sense of triumphalism in the West. The logic is simple: ISIL made itself simultaneously global public enemy number one and the most vibrant magnet for global Salafi jihadis, thanks to its control of territory and claims ...

Baghdad retakes Kirkuk oil fields

Federal forces regain control of government buildings, military bases, and oil fields – including Bai Hassan and Avana – which had been appropriated by the KRG.

Violence as federal forces move further toward Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces have been ordered to retake control of oil assets and military bases that have been under KRG protection since 2014.

Battles erupt in Tuz Khurmatu as KRG-Baghdad crisis escalates

Following provocative federal troop movements on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk, Peshmerga-Hashid fighting has broken out in another part of Iraq's disputed territories.

Kuwait treats 180 Mosul civilians with prostheses

Kuwait continued its humanitarian aid through adopting the treatment of 180 injured civilians from Mosul city, those with prostheses, in a private hospital in Irbil yesterday. This is part of a medical project carried out by Kuwait to help displaced Iraqis and those affected by the recent military ...

The failure to rebuild Mosul could let Islamic State return

When Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, launched the battle a year ago to retake Mosul from the jihadists of Islamic State , he declared: God willing we will meet in Mosul...all religions united. And together we shall defeat Daeshand rebuild this dear city.' The first part of his promise, the ...

Q&A: Mohammed Zain Abedin, Hashid commander in Kirkuk

The top Hashid commander in Kirkuk discusses rising military tensions after Kurdistan's independence referendum.

Q&A: Wasta Rasool, Peshmerga commander in Kirkuk

The Peshmerga commander responsible for the KRG's fourth sector, including south of Kirkuk, talks about recent military escalations.

Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim

As political and military tensions mount around Kirkuk, the governor discusses the future of the province and its oil.

Lethal roadside bomb that killed scores of U.S. troops reappears in Iraq

A roadside bomb that killed an American soldier in Iraq earlier this month was of a particularly lethal design not seen in six years, and its reappearance on the battlefield suggests that U.S. troops could again be facing a threat that bedeviled them at the height of the insurgency here, U.S. ...

Iraq's recaptured territory is being neglected

In the evening Adil Jumaili and his daughter stand beside the Tigris river in Mosul and stare at the wreckage on the opposite bank. Two twisted cars lie where their home once stood. It was destroyed, along with 8,000 other buildings, when Iraqi forces recaptured the city from the jihadists of ...

What can you buy in Mosul? ISIS ban on barbers, clothes and toys is lifted

In June 2014, ISIS drove Iraqi forces out of Mosul, and took control of the vibrant city of 2.5 million people located on the River Tigris. It was one of the terror group's most strategic wins. In July this year, al-Abadi declared Mosul free from ISIS. CNN spoke to shop owners who are back in

How ancient lentils reveal the origins of social inequality

I should be in the Kurdish region of Iraq right now knee-deep in Late Chalcolitic archaeology, but instead I'm watching Bake Off in Crewe. The autumn excavation season in the Kurdish region is cancelled and most of the international teams have left, including the University College London project I ...