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By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The U.S. needs more advisers in Iraq. That will solve the ISIS crisis. Build more bases. Give an army that delivers U.S. weapons and equipment to the enemy. Train soldiers that run from battle. Lastly, help to unite a state tri-party state in which Baghdad continues to grow closer to Tehran and separated only by a line in the sand and Arab versus Persian blood.

By Diane Maye
Special Contributor to In Homeland Security

After the fall of Mosul in June 2014 to the Islamic State, the Iraqi government formalized a program under the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to quickly integrate militias into Iraq’s security apparatus.

By John Ubaldi
Contributor, In Homeland Security

Since the rise of ISIS last year and its rapid seizure of Syrian and Iraqi territory—including the stunning takeover of Mosul, the terror group continues to expand its reach beyond its central geographic base.

By Diane L. Maye
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Recently, after a month-long military operation, the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein and a stronghold for IS forces.

Tikrit’s recapture could not have been accomplished without the help of a popular mobilization movement known as the Hash’d al Shaabi, which consists of primarily Shi’ia paramilitary groups, and coordination from Iranian military advisors from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Iranian backed surrogate Shia militias in Iraq are now committing ‘revenge’ war crimes in Tikrit. The militia and paramilitaries, after the taking of Tikrit Wednesday, are fueling greater region-wide sectarian jihad through local abuse. In Yemen, Sunni states led airstrikes against Shia fighters.

By Diane L. Maye
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In 1938, the historian and political scientist Crane Brinton aptly described the timeline of revolutionary activity through his metaphor of a "fever." He described revolution as an abnormality, or societal "fever" that starts with the disaffection from the elite class, or educated population.

By John Ubaldi
Contributor, In Homeland Security

Last month, President Obama sent Congress his request for authorization to use force against ISIS. On Wednesday, the administration sent its top foreign and defense officials to Capitol Hill to sell the president’s military authorization to a skeptical Congress.

By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security

ISIS has reportedly destroyed the ancient historical city of Nimrud, Iraq – considered by archaeologists and historians as one of Mesopotamia’s greatest cities. The bulldozing of the site was immediately called a “war crime” by a United Nations cultural organization official.

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