• In a region wracked with conflict, the need to provide security has often become the primary reason for the existence of many governments in the region, and the chief source of interest for foreign powers.

  • Article // Aug 08, 2014
    Wayne White
    Forces of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, have lunged toward two strategic dams earlier this month, one in the north and the other west of Baghdad. The northern offensive drove Kurdish forces from areas they had protected, showing how vulnerable Iraqi Kurds could be in the face of more sweeping attacks. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s battle for political survival has delayed a more coherent, unified Iraqi response to the military threat posed by the Islamic State.