Tag: Iraq

Is Muqtada al-Sadr Preparing to Welcome Jihadi-Communist Terror Group MEK Back to Iraq?

Jihadi-Communist….you read that right  The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran or Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is not only a violent terrorist organisation but a downright bizarre one. Its ideology seeks to combine a heterodox version of Shi’a Islam with the kind of jihadism practised by Takfiri groups such as al-Qaeda and then […]

How Obama and Netanyahu Overplayed Their Hand in The “Arab Spring”

At the beginning of 2011 while Iraq was still on its knees following the illegal 2003 US/UK invasion, the rest of the Arab world was generally calm, domestic politics was predictable and most importantly from the American and Israeli perspective, the revolutionary fervour that underpinned the Arab Nationalist revolutions of […]

Who’s Who and What’s What in Iraq’s New Parliament

Iraq’s parliament by numbers  Iraq’s new parliament will meet to form a new government following the first national elections since the terror group Daesh occupied vast swaths of the country’s territory. After a lengthy manual re-count of votes, the major factions had the following number of parliamentary seats: –Saairun Alliance […]

Is Iran Making The Same Mistakes in The Arab World That Pakistan Once Made in Afghanistan?

Pakistan-Afghanistan relations: Lessons learned the hard way  Throughout the Cold War period, the phenomenon of ethnic Pashtun nationalism on either side of the Durand Line led to Pakistan developing an intense suspicion of multiple Afghan governments in Kabul. The Durand Line which itself is a legacy of British imperial rule in […]

Iraq is Being Pushed to The Brink – Unity With Syria Must Remain a Long Term Goal

Lost opportunities In 1958 when a military coup overthrew the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq, many felt that a new Arab republic would join Egypt and Syria as part of the United Arab Republic. However, Iraq’s first republican leader Abd al-Karim Qasim decided against the wishes of his Nasserist advisers and never formalised […]