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Author Archives: alyssabrown

New Shia Politics and the Maliki-Sadr Competition in Iraq

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/new-shia-politics-and-the-maliki-sadr-competition-in-iraq?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=Mideast%20Brief%2011-19-2013#.Uoo2_RhNjN0.twitter   The reciprocal criticisms between the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shia rival, Moqtada al-Sadr, reflect the changing dynamics of Shia politics in Iraq. On several occasions, Sadr, the leader of the Iraqi Islamist Sadrist Movement,warned of a possible “return to dictatorship” in Iraq while denouncing the government’s “exclusionary” policies. Critical of Maliki’s … Continue reading »

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Iraq war claimed half a million lives, study finds

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/15/iraq-war-civiliandeathtoll500knewstudyestimates.html The number of deaths caused by the Iraq war has been a source of intense controversy, as politics, inexact science and a clamor for public awareness have intersected in a heated debate of conflicting interests. The latest and perhaps most rigorous survey, released Tuesday, puts the figure at close to 500,000. The study, — a … Continue reading »

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Once Upon a Time in Baghdad

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/03/18/once_upon_a_time_in_baghdad_iraq#0   It has now been a decade since the United States invaded Iraq, and the country’s beleaguered capital isn’t faring so well after 10 years of conflict. In 2012, for instance, Baghdad topped Mercer’s list as the worst place to live based on quality of life, edging out other war-torn heavy hitters like Khartoum, Sudan and … Continue reading »

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At great risk, they helped The Post cover Iraq. Now, they’re remaking their lives in America.

http://js.washingtonpost.com/opinions/at-great-risk-they-helped-the-post-cover-iraq-now-theyre-remaking-their-lives-in-america/2013/07/18/76867d10-e7e5-11e2-aa9f-c03a72e2d342_story_2.html  An article from the Washington Post that was published over the summer. It relates the stories of several Iraqis and their families who helped the Washington Post during and after the U.S. invasion. It follows up withe those who were granted visas for their cooperation and what their lives in the Untied States look … Continue reading »

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Deadly blasts hit Baghdad markets

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24282758 “In recent weeks, Iraqi security forces have reportedly arrested hundreds of alleged al-Qaeda members in and around Baghdad as part of a campaign which the Shia-led government is calling “Revenge for the martyrs”.”

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