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The Kurdish Referendum and the Possibility of Secession: A US Choice

By   /  January 24, 2018  /  Featured, Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security  /  Comments Off on The Kurdish Referendum and the Possibility of Secession: A US Choice

By: Rachel Bauer In a referendum on September 25, 2017, approximately 92% of the 3.3 million Kurds and non-Kurds in northern Iraq voted to back secession. The Kurds have been semi-autonomous since the end of the Gulf War in 1991; however, they remain officially part of Iraq, and as such cannot act entirely independently. This […]

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Anarchy, ISIS, and Democracy in the Middle East

By   /  February 5, 2015  /  International Law, Trending Topics  /  Comments Off on Anarchy, ISIS, and Democracy in the Middle East

As the United States contemplates the use ofmilitary force against ISIL, Congress and President Obama should work together on a strategy before authorizing and implementing military force. There are two general policy positions on the shape of U.S. force: limited intervention using the Powell Doctrine, or correctly implementing what President George W. Bush set out […]

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Death of Top Al Qaeda Officials Confirmed

By   /  April 25, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on Death of Top Al Qaeda Officials Confirmed

Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has confirmed the death of its two most senior leaders, Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. The group posted a statement on its website late Saturday night, a week after the U.S. reported the deaths, which followed a joint Iraqi-U.S. strike on April 18. U.S. officials called the loss […]

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Insurgents Kill Vice Mayor of Kandahar

By   /  April 21, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on Insurgents Kill Vice Mayor of Kandahar

Insurgents killed the Vice Mayor of Kandahar during prayers at a local mosque. In neighboring Khost Province, NATO troops fired on a car with 12 people inside, killing two insurgents. The other 10 were civilians, including a 12 year old boy. The terrorist attacks in Kandahar are aimed at competent officials. By killing then, the […]

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Leaked Video Shows Killing of Journalist in Iraq

By   /  April 7, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on Leaked Video Shows Killing of Journalist in Iraq

On Monday, Wikileaks.org released a video from 2007 revealing an unprovoked attack on a Reuters photographer and others by U.S. forces in Iraq. The video has been confirmed authentic by military officials, yet multiple Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain the 38-minute video were denied. In the video, U.S. forces mistake a camera and […]

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