Tag Archives: Iraq

First U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Here we go again, now in Syria. A new stage in the campaign against ISIL. I think this is the right thing to do, but I wonder how this ends. Advertisements

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Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: The End

The major Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit and Baiji have all fallen to what the popular media are referring to as “Al-Qaeda-inspired” jihadists. They fall under the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” banner, but many are likely Sunni … Continue reading

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Iraq, Syria and a Couple of Good (Short) Reads

Iraq is beginning to spin out of control and Syria continues to successfully pull in more players to broaden its civil war into a regional conflict. Oh yeah – and the United States. Here are a couple of decent reads that … Continue reading

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Anbar’s Dark Knight

The first time I saw Aifan Sadoun Aifan al-Issawi was at Combat Outpost (COP) Black on the outskirts of Fallujah in January 2008. By then, Iraq’s sectarian blood-letting had slowed to a trickle, thanks to a combination of the Anbar … Continue reading

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Every Day is Father’s Day

The prologue is past, so let’s begin at the end:  A graying old man in a house on a hill, peering over the top of a newspaper to watch a basketball game. My father was born in 1929, six months … Continue reading

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