Maliki Arrests Potential Opposition

December 14, 2011 - Ramzy Mardini

Recently Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki commenced in a wide-scale campaign to purge hundreds of former members of the Ba’ath party from Iraq’s security apparatus.

Opinion: A New Mirage in the Iraqi Desert

December 14, 2011 - Kimberly Kagan

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s meeting with President Obama is supposed to be an occasion to declare the successful end of the war in Iraq...Read More

The Haqqani Network and the Threat to Afghanistan

December 12, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

In the debate over how to plan for the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, a new argument has surfaced about who, exactly, American forces should be fighting.

For Pakistan, A Chance To Turn Pakistani Taliban Into Allies

December 9, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

As relations between the U.S. and Pakistan continue to spiral downwards, Pakistan may be looking to build a new friendship instead of repairing an old one.

Iranian Navy Joint Exercises

December 8, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

"Iran’s public statements reflect a desire to partner with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors in the maritime domain, arguing that Iran is a more credible partner than Western nations, which it believes are responsible for the instability in the region. Iranian officials have conducted an extensive outreach campaign to make this case to those countries that may be amenable to Iran’s influence."

Iraqi Leaders React To The U.S. Withdrawl

December 7, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

On October 21, 2011, President Barack Obama announced his decision to withdraw all of the remaining 39,000 U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year.

For Mullah Omar, This Eid is Different

December 7, 2011 - Jeffrey Dressler

Every year, for the past several years, the Taliban’s senior leader, Mullah Omar, has issued a statement to the Afghan people commemorating the holiday.

Iraq- Order Of Battle

December 6, 2011 - Institute for the Study of War

This Iraq ORBAT from December 2009 to November 2011 describes the location and area of responsibility of all Multi-National Force-Iraq units, down to the battalion level updated as of November 2011.

The Libyan Revolution Part 4-The Tide Turns

December 6, 2011 - Spencer Butts

This report is the final installment of a four-part series on the revolution in Libya. Part Four: The Tide Turns details the final rebel offensives and the challenges the new government faces.

ISW in Brief: Sanctions on Syria Achieve Limited Success

December 1, 2011 - Joseph Holliday

On Sunday, the Arab League approved sanctions on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including banning travel, freezing assets, and terminating its business with the Syrian central banking system.