PMU pitches in as COVID cases surge in Iraq

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, including those of populist cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, have plugged gaps in Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as cases surge and well-known fighters fall ill.

Shelly Kittleson | | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor Iraqi volunteers with the Aqiq Institution for Charity work on building a 525-bed field hospital at the Baghdad International Fair exhibition center in the capital Baghdad, on June 21, 2020, a facility the association is setting up as part of the efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images.

Intel: CENTCOM commander says Soleimani strike won’t deter Iran forever

The top commander of US military forces in the Middle East says he believes the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani has only temporarily deterred Iran from pursuing its goal of pushing US troops out of the region.

Jared Szuba | Iran-US tensions | Jul 10, 2020

What would President Kanye West's Middle East policy be?

Rapper Kanye West has yet to develop a foreign policy platform for his announced presidential candidacy, but his past lyrics, tweets and travels may reveal some of his views.

Adam Lucente | 2020 US election | Jul 9, 2020

US CENTCOM commander discusses security ties in visit to Iraq

The visit of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie to Baghdad this week comes as the United States restructures and consolidates force posture while bringing in more NATO advisers.

Jared Szuba | Defense/Security cooperation | Jul 9, 2020

Despite promises, displaced Iraqis linger in limbo

Iraq's prime minister has prioritized helping the displaced, but efforts to restore them to their homes are still hindered by political disagreements, a lack of funds and the absence of infrastructure and services.

Adnan Abu Zeed | | Jul 9, 2020