President Donald Trump upset Iraqis by saying earlier this month that US forces should use their Iraqi positions to keep an eye on neighbouring Iran.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
Attempts to transform Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad into a regional bulwark against Iran have been tried before - and didn't work. There is little to no evidence that it will work this time around.
Commercial drones are increasingly being employed as a tool of political violence - will they be the new guerilla weapon of choice?
Iraq seeks to forge an independent foreign policy between the American-Iranian rivalry amidst a backdrop of frantic diplomatic visits to Baghdad in recent weeks.
Opposition to Bahrain's monarchy has set up shop in Iraq and criticism within Iraq of Bahrain's crackdown on dissidents hasn't gone down well in Manama. The perceived interference in Bahraini affairs could set Iraq on a collision course with the GCC.
A Human Rights Watch report on the treatment of children in custody of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq should lead to an inquiry and accountability by the Iraqi government.
A string of killings across the Arab world should be bigger news and a sign that a lot more needs to be done to protect women who don't conform to narrow expectations.
Turkey's National Security Council warned that the biggest threat to political solution in Syria is the terrorist presence east of the Euphrates River.
For the first time since the defeat of Daesh, Mosul is hit by a bomb. The Iraqi government is getting ready for a fight, but internal disagreements and Daesh's changing tactics could mean that it might not be an easy task.
Reports that a major British pollster might have influenced a referendum in Iraq should serve as a warning for democracies around the world both young, and old.
The numbers of Christians in Iraq have plummeted and those who claim to help ensure their survival, often don't even understand what they need.
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