Tag Archives | Dr Mike Knights

Pushing Back on Iraqi Militias: Weighing U.S. Options

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. Pushing Back on Iraqi Militias: Weighing U.S. Options Although halting the escalation of militia attacks on American personnel is crucial, simply evacuating the Baghdad embassy […]

Details of PM's New Appointments to Key Institutions

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. Kadhimi's Rolling Reshuffle (Part 2): Protecting Iraq's Economic Institutions and Borders On September 14, Baghdad announced a range of strategic leadership appointments for institutions tasked […]

Inside the Kadhimi Visit to Washington DC

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. Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi led a large cabinet delegation to Washington D.C. for new sessions of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, topped off […]

On the Murder of Husham al-Hashemi

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. On July 6, 2020, Iraq's most prolific security commentator Husham al-Hashemi was assassinated in Zayouna, a social melting pot neighborhood of east Baghdad. At 8:19 […]

The Recovery of IS Operations in Iraq in 2019-2020

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. Remaining and Expanding: The Recovery of Islamic State Operations in Iraq in 2019-2020 The Islamic State has recovered from its territorial defeats since 2017 to […]

The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik and Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, 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. Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Hastily raised when the Islamic State was knocking at […]

Giving Iraq's Next Prime Minister Space to Succeed

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Giving Iraq's Next Prime Minister Space to Succeed As the next well-qualified, Iraqi-chosen candidate navigates the delicate ratification process, Washington can avoid disrupting his efforts […]

How Soleimani’s Killing Could Make a Stronger Iraq

By Michael Knights, for Politico. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s most senior militiamen, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, justified by their orchestration of the deaths of hundreds of Americans, has led to a […]

US Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. U.S. Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq The unprecedented protests in Iraq underline the reality that Iraq is slowly failing as a state. […]

Security in Iraq: Location, Location, Location

By Padraig O'Hannelly. Delegates attending CWC's Kirkuk & Mosul Megaprojects conference in London have been told that while Iraq "has never experienced as small a number of security incidents in the post 2003-era as it is now ... there are some parts of Iraq that are experiencing as many incidents as they did in, say, […]

Reshuffling Iraqi Generals: Who Benefits?

By Michael Knights and Alexandre Mello, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Three top commanders have been replaced in northern areas where Iran-backed militias are trying to outmuscle the regular security forces. Washington should find out why. Full report here. (Source: Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Daesh Inside Iraq: Losing Power or Preserving Strength?

By Michael Knights, for the Combating Terrorism Center. The Islamic State Inside Iraq: Losing Power or Preserving Strength? In addition to losing control of Iraqi cities and oilfields, the Islamic State has clearly lost much of the capability it developed within Iraq from 2011-2014. Quantitative attack metrics paint a picture of an insurgent movement that […]