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Iraqi soldiers in Baquba, Diyala province

Iraqis overwhelmingly support the end of the US occupation. But they still suffer from the divisions it engendered.

It was an ignominious end to America's worst foreign policy disaster since the Vietnam War, and the costs, for both Iraq and the United States, will be felt for some time.

A rug featuring Muammar Qaddafi's image

By ignoring the UN Security Council resolution’s mandate authorizing intervention, NATO may have destroyed the prospects for future legitimate uses of the principle of “responsibility to protect.”

Soldiers in Afghanistan

In a stunning victory for the American peace movement and Iraqi opponents of the US occupation, virtually all US troops will withdraw from Iraq by this December 31.

Ten years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, how can we effectively and humanely end an unwinnable war?

Has the outsourcing of torture been a way to keep human rights groups at bay and protect the US image after Abu Ghraib?

Anwar al-Awlaki

Welcome to the Drone Empire, in which the president's executioners can kill without legal restraint.

Even Barack Obama knows that the political necessity to prove that he is tough on terror can have dangerous consequences for American security and his standing throughout the world.

State Department employee Peter Van Buren was sent to Iraq to help rebuild it. The result was an exercise in Murphy's Law.

Peter Van Buren is a State Department employee—who might get fired for disseminating public information about WikiLeaks online.

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For many 2016 GOP hopefuls, when it comes to Iraq, time does not equal wisdom. 

May 19, 2015

A Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report reveals the major recipients of DoD's Afghanistan reconstruction programs.

March 31, 2015

An American journalist uncovers some ugly truths about the “forgotten war.”

March 30, 2015

It’s tempting to call ISIS “medieval” murderers. But from mass murder to drone strikes, atrocity is very much a part of our modern experience.

March 5, 2015

Instead of a vague authorization of the use of force, the congresswoman seeks a real debate and a comprehensive strategy.

February 17, 2015

How else can news professionals like him maintain the trust of their audiences?

February 17, 2015

Loose language and one key omission might render Obama’s request meaningless, or even dangerous.

February 11, 2015

No—Zacarias Moussaoui’s spectacular claims are nonsense. But both the Saudi and US governments did create the monster that became Al Qaeda.

February 6, 2015

The mission isn't “over”… it’s just been reassigned.

February 4, 2015

Ashton Carter will tell the Senate Wednesday he would recommend more troops if conditions “degrade.”

February 4, 2015