Tag Archives | Dr Mike Knights

Removing All Militias From Baghdad's International Zone

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Removing All Militias From Baghdad's International Zone Iran-backed PMF units shot first in the latest showdown, so they should hardly be the ones left in […]

Iraq's Two Coups, And How the U.S. Should Respond

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's Two Coups-And How the U.S. Should Respond Iran's allies in Iraq mounted a judicial coup at the start of this year. Now, Moqtada al-Sadr […]

Turkey's War in Northern Iraq: By the Numbers

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Turkey's War in Northern Iraq: By the Numbers Ankara is fighting a lethal and largely hidden counterinsurgency against PKK elements across the border, but the […]

Iran's Cross-Border Strikes: A Pattern in Search of a Policy

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iran's Cross-Border Strikes: A Pattern in Search of a Policy The latest strike on Iraq points to a brazen, illegal, and dangerous strategy of exercising […]

IS at Low Ebb in Iraq: The Insurgent Tide Recedes Again

By Michael Knights and Alex Almeida, for the Combating Terrorism Center. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Islamic State at Low Ebb in Iraq: The Insurgent Tide Recedes Again Following a sustained buildup in attacks throughout 2019 and into first half […]

The Harrowing of Mustafa Kadhimi

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Harrowing of Mustafa Kadhimi Militias' repeated targeting of Kadhimi, including this week's attack on his home, emphasizes that Kadhimi has done something right in […]

Discordance in the Iran Threat Network in Iraq

By Michael Knights, Crispin Smith and Hamdi Malik for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Discordance in the Iran Threat Network in Iraq: Militia Competition and Rivalry Hardline groups are struggling to satisfy demands for […]

Biden "in Vicious Bombing Cycle in Iraq"

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Biden Wants to Leave the Middle East, But He's in a Vicious Bombing Cycle in Iraq Caught between aggressive Tehran-backed militias and a skeptical Congress, […]

Iraq's Drone and Rocket Epidemic

By Michael Knights and Crispin Smith, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's Drone and Rocket Epidemic, By the Numbers The U.S. airstrike on Iraqi militia bases in the early hours of June 28 […]

Changing of the Guard: New Iraqi Militia Trends and Responses

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik, Crispin Smith, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Changing of the Guard: New Iraqi Militia Trends and Responses In the year since their most iconic leaders were killed, Iran-backed […]

US Designation of Kataib Hezbollah's Abu Fadak

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The U.S. Designation of Kataib Hezbollah's Abu Fadak The latest sanctions against a senior leader in the Iranian-backed terrorist militia are a reminder that such […]