An Examination of The U.S. Military Intervention Against the Islamic State in Iraq

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Hoshman A. Mahmod
Arez A. Abdullah


This article focuses on the politics of U.S. intervention against the Islamic State. In the last two decades after the 9\11, the U.S. intervened in many countries in different ways. For example, the U.S. forces and its allies fully intervened in Afghanistan in 2001 and in Iraq in 2003. After the dynamic changes in the Middle East and the era of Arab spring the intervention has changed in different way. Especially when the terrorist organizations rose the U.S. has repeated the same way used in the Kosovo war (1999) against the Islamic State, which has not fully intervened. U.S. public opinion plays a great role in U.S. politics. Regional and international relations between countries are crucial. It will be worth addressing Turkey, Iran, and Kurdish forces in regional considerations because all of them have a border with the Islamic State. Besides, the IS directly and indirectly, has impacted on them. In international considerations, the U.S. usually makes a coalition and alliance to intervene in countries and groups. The purpose of the study is to understand the politics of U.S. intervention against the Islamic State. This article examines it from three perspectives: firstly, a change in the U.S. policy of intervention; secondly, the U.S. domestic political considerations; thirdly, Regional and International considerations. Following this evaluation, this study answering the question: Why has the U.S. not fully intervened against the Islamic State? This research concludes that the U.S. should change its policy of intervention from one time to another. The U.S. should change its military tactics from one war to another war. The American government should understand how its domestic politics and other countries feel about the politics of U.S. intervention against I.S. ultimately; it appears that the politics of U.S. intervention are complex. However, there is still a way to understand it.



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Mahmod, H. A. and Abdullah , A. A. (2021) “An Examination of The U.S. Military Intervention Against the Islamic State in Iraq”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1), pp. 21-27. doi: 10.14500/kujhss.v4n1y2021.pp21-27.
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Hoshman A. Mahmod, Department of Social Sciences, College of Basic Education, Halabja University & Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics, Tishk International University- Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Hoshman Ata Mahmod is an assistant lecturer (Full), joined the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Halabja, Kurdistan region, Iraq, in 2014. Also, he is a visiting lecturer at Tishk International University- Sulaimani, Iraq, since 2018. He has Masters in International Relations at Brunel University-UK, also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sulaimani. His Theses is about China-US relations in the Middle East after the Cold War. He has many journal articles in academic journals, and He is the head of the Strategic Board at Kurdistan Platform and an active member of the Halabja Network of Organizations

Arez A. Abdullah , Directorate of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Culture and Youth, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Arez Qadir Abdullah is the directorate of foreign relations, Ministry of Culture and Youth, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, in 2012. He has a BA in political science from Salahadin University, Erbil, and an MA in international relations at Brunel University, UK 2014. He has many publications in academic journals.


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