The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

Since the withdrawal of US occupying forces, international attention has shifted away from Iraq - but life for Iraqis has become no easier. Deadly bombings are still all too common, sectarian violence has soared and all-pervading corruption means that massive inflows of aid and oil income have made very little difference to crucial issues like security, healthcare and power availability. Now, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali sets out why and how the post-occupation Iraqi government has failed to achieve legitimacy or improve its citizens' lives. He argues that the ill-planned US intervention destroyed the Iraqi state, creating a black hole which corrupt and incompetent members of the elite have now made their own.

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  • ARTICLE: Decoding Muqtada al-Sadr’s Gulf visits

    August 22, 2017

    ALJAZEERA ENGLISH: Muqtada al-Sadr is the scion of one of Iraq’s most important families of Shia clerics, which has traditionally been associated with the country’s poor underclass. Following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Sadrist movement took u …

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  • ARTICLE: Can Anyone Stop Iran From Taking Over Iraq?

    August 22, 2017

    THE NEW YORK TIMES: Mosul is back in the Iraqi government’s hands and the war against the Islamic State seems to finally be approaching its end. This is the good news. But one of the byproducts of the campaign is that Iran’s reach now extends even deep …

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  • ARTICLE: Post-ISIL Iraq: Breaking the cycle of violence

    July 26, 2017

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH: There have been no surprises in Mosul. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was roundly defeated, and the combined forces of the Iraqi security services are victorious. In eastern Mosul, which was liberated months before …

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  • ARTICLE: On Mosul’s civilian deaths

    April 8, 2017

    AL JAZEERA: In October 2016, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) strategists and commanders were fully aware of the sheer number of Iraqi armed forces that were moving in to encircle Mosul. The operation to retake Iraq’s second-largest city …

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  • ARTICLE: Battle for Mosul upends false Iraq narrative

    February 18, 2017

    AL JAZEERA: The Iraqi army’s progress in Mosul over the past few months flies in the face of the narrative that has been created about Iraq since 2003. Narratives are often constructed, but rarely as aggressively as the story according to which Iraq is …

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  • ARTICLE: Can Iraq defeat ISIL without destroying Mosul?

    October 31, 2016

    AL-JAZEERA: The outcome of Iraq’s military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is beyond doubt. ISIL was never the mythical fighting force that many people assumed, and it was always just a matter of time until the Iraqi army woul …

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