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Original Story at DemocracyNow. The Obama administration is considering a plan to increase the U. The United States already has about 3, troops, including trainers and advisers, in Iraq.
The administration is describing the military personnel as advisors who will help train Iraqi forces in an attempt to retake the city of Ramadi which fell to the self-described Islamic State last month.
Plans to retake Mosul may be pushed off until next year. We discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with two guests: Malcolm Nance, a retired Arabic-speaking counterterrorism intelligence officer and combat veteran who first worked in Iraq in ; and Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent just back from reporting in Iraq and Syria.
Copy may not be in its final form. The United States already has about troops, including trainers and advisers, in Iraq. The administration is describing the new military personnel as advisors who will help train Iraqi forces in an attempt to retake the city of Ramadi, which fell to the self-described Islamic State last month.
The move comes just days after President Obama acknowledged the U. At the recent U. Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders is reporting Iraq is now facing its biggest humanitarian emergency in a generation.
Almost three million people have fled war-torn areas of the country controlled by the Islamic State. The United Nations estimates 8.
To talk more about the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, we are joined by two guests. He is the author of several books, including, The Terrorists of Iraq: Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency His latest book, The Rise of Islamic State: Welcome to Democracy Now!
Talk about this latest piece you have written. Talk about the political context for the rise and the power of ISIS today. And then in fact, ISIS is the same group and a conglomeration of groups we have been fighting since the day we invaded Iraq in However, Al Qaeda in Iraq, which started in as well, has taken over the upper level management of these groups.
And so what we have is we have, technically, a mega group of all the former regime loyalist insurgent groups, all of the Iraqi Islamic insurgent groups, and the foreign fighters who have used Syria as a base camp and they now are called ISIS.
But Malcom Nance, how do you reconcile the fact the Baathists were largely a secular semi-socialist party when they started, reconciling their ideology and their approach to the world with that of jihadists?
The Baath party was this conglomeration of socialism and secular government that formed into a dictatorship under Saddam Hussein. And also, under Hafez al-Assad in Syria.Apr 12, · The passionate and partisan nature of this debate about the origins of the Iraq War is a major reason why I’ve been reticent about giving my opinion on the matter.
As a matter of fact, Saddam Hussein, in the later years after the U.S. sanctions went into place and after the Iran-Iraq war started become more Islamic in name, . The Origins of the Cold War involved the breakdown of relations between the Soviet Union versus the United States, Great Britain and their allies in the years – From the American-British perspective, first came diplomatic confrontations stretching back decades, followed by the issue of political boundaries in Central Europe and .
National Press Club Washington, D.C. A discussion with: Jean Bethke Elshtain, Professor, University of Chicago and Co-chair, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Scholars and former government officials convened for a day of discussion on the origins, conduct, and impact of the Iran-Iraq War ().
The critical oral history workshop, held on July 19, was co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and the.
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