The outcome of the referendum is certain, but what happens next is dangerously unknown.
Lessons from Kirkuk can inform plans to stabilize Mosul and Nineveh province after Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State.
Forming a new government may be Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's only chance of successful reform.
In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.
Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.
The security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, known as the peshmerga, or those who confront death, took over bases
North of Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed three soldiers at a checkpoint in Tarmiya, police and medics said. More than 200
In the northern city of Kirkuk, two car bombs exploded near a police headquarters, killing nine people and wounding 42, police
While violence has decreased sharply in Iraq since the peak of the sectarian carnage of 2006-07, bombings, assassinations