Tag Archives: Iraq

Baghdad a ‘legitimate threat’ to fall, Pentagon says

Ninety U.S. military advisers arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to begin assessing Iraqi security forces' ability to regain control of the embattled country, with the Pentagon acknowledging for the first time that the Iraqi capital could fall to Islamist militants.

A general view from a helicopter shows Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Milbank: Obama’s political bogey on the golf course

By Dana Milbank On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq — and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The next day, the militants posted pictures of their mass execution of Shiite members of Iraq's security forces — and ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

In Mosul, Iraq, feared crackdown by militants has not materialized

By Nabih Bulos For days, the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was flush with rumors of an imminent onslaught by Al Qaeda-inspired militants, prompting the mayor to appeal to "men who love death with honor" to mount a defense even as others fled. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Shiite villagers describe ‘massacre’ in northern Iraq

By Abigail Hauslohner TAZA, Iraq — The villagers lowered 15 bodies into a mass grave here Monday. Two of the dead were young girls. The rest were men. All had been executed at point-blank range by al-Qaeda-inspired rebels and their allies, during what witnesses say was an attack aimed at destroying four Shiite ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Capitol Hill concerns over prosecution immunity for US troops in Iraq

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com (Fox News Online) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS voice concern that the Obama administration has not gotten strong enough assurances that US troops heading to Iraq will be immune from prosecution for any alleged offenses committed while serving there. ISIS joins with Saddam loyalists in bloody quest for control of Iraq Kerry says Iraq ...read more

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Insurgents in Iraq seize main border crossing with Jordan as Kerry arrives for talks

By Liz Sly BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda renegades seized control of Iraq's main border crossing with Jordan late Sunday, sustaining their onslaught against crumbling Iraqi security forces as Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Baghdad. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Kerry arrives in Baghdad for talks amid threat of sectarian war

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com SECRETARY OF STATE holds talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other political leaders in an attempt to create a more inclusive government and defuse a Sunni insurgency that is cutting a path through Western Iraq. Cheney, Paul clash highlights divide over US foreign policy in Iraq, MideastKerry warns ...read more

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Militants blitz through Iraq's western desert

Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

A fighter, center left, with the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takes control of a traffic ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Long-dead militant's battle plan resurrected in Iraq

By Shashank Bengali In early 2004, U.S. officials called a news conference in Baghdad to trumpet an intelligence coup: an intercepted letter from the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq setting forth his vision while outlining his worries about his organization's ability to combat an improving, American-backed Iraqi security... ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Editorial: Obama’s wrongheaded reluctance to help the moderate opposition in Syria

By Editorial Board AS THE TERRORIST group known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) rampages across Iraq, the illogic of President Obama's reluctance to help the moderate opposition in neighboring Syria becomes ever clearer. The Syrian Free Army wants to fight the jihadists. But as ISIS consolidated gains in Iraq last ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Cheney, Paul clash highlights divide over US foreign policy in Iraq, Mideast

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com FORMER VICE PRESIDENT Dick Cheney and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul widen their divide over American foreign policy in Iraq and the larger Middle East, debating the level of involvement the U.S. should have in the region.Kerry warns against terror 'spillover'New House leader: US strategy for Iraq should be 'everything is ...read more

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New House leader: US strategy for Iraq should be 'everything is on the table'

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com REP. KEVIN McCARTHY, right, the new House majority leader, says the US' strategy for intervening in the Iraq crisis should include sending troops to stop the widespread sectarian violence threatening to take over that country.Kerry scrambles to shore up faltering Iraqi state on Middle East swingISIS captures fourth town since ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Iran’s leader says Tehran and Washington not aligned on Iraq

By Jason Rezaian TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made remarks Sunday that lessened any remaining possibility of military cooperation between the Islamic republic and the United States in securing Iraq against an onslaught from al-Qaeda-inspired militants. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

A Day in the Life of a Journalist in Baghdad

Dispatched to cover the crisis in Iraq, ABC News’ Chief Global Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz - who is on her 23rd trip to Iraq - with the help of ABC News producers Cindy Smith and Bartley Price, chronicled a day working and reporting in Baghdad on June... ...read more

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ISIS captures fourth town since Friday as Kerry arrives in Middle East

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com SUNNI MUSLIM MILITANTS capture a fourth town in western Iraq's Anbar province late Saturday, putting more pressure on Iraq's embattled government as Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the region. Kerry scrambles to shore up faltering Iraqi state on Middle East swingSomali-Americas leave homes, friends in Minnesota to fight ...read more

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Key Iraqi refinery under siege by militants likely to be captured

Security forces occupying Iraq's largest oil refinery remained besieged by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Saturday as American and Kurdish officials warned the garrison probably could not hold out much longer unless relieved.

June 17, 2014 image taken from video uploaded to a militant social media account, ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Sunni militants capture 2 towns as offensive pushes into western Iraq

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com SUNNI FIGHTERS led by an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group expand their offensive in a volatile western province, capturing two strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side.Shiite cleric issues threat to US military advisers as Iraq militants take border postEarlier plan to help ...read more

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Iraq militia parades as insurgents seize crossing

Thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities on Saturday as Sunni militants seized two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in the western Anbar province.

Volunteers of the newly formed "Peace Brigades" participate in a parade in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Shiite cleric warns US military advisers as ISIS seizes key border post

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com A TOP SHIITE CLERIC loyal to firebrand Muqtada al-Sadr has referred to US military advisers en route to Iraq as 'the occupier' and warned 'we will be ready for you if you are back.'Earlier plan to help Iraq military reportedly hamstrung by lack of resources, distrust'We did not know': 9 ...read more

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Early plan to help Iraq army marked by distrust over Iran, report claims

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com A WHITE HOUSE PLAN to gather intelligence on Sunni militants operating in Iraq was hamstrung by lack of resources and suspicion that sensitive information would fall into Iran's hands, according to a Wall Street Journal report.'We did not know': 9 times the Obama administration was blindsidedIraq Prime Minister al-Maliki ...read more

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Iraq's prime minister al-Maliki fighting for political survival amid militant push

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com NOURI AL-MALIKI — Iraq's Shiite prime minister, embattled by the militant offensive sweeping his country's north, faces growing calls for him to be forced out of office as Al-Qaeda inspired insurgents press closer to Baghdad.Somali-Americans leave to fight with ISISEXPLAINER: The origin of Sunni-Shiite hatredsBaghdad claims forces hold refineryVIDEO: How ...read more

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Obama announces he is sending up to 300 troops back to Iraq as advisers

By William Branigin President Obama announced Thursday that he is sending up to 300 U.S. troops to Iraq to help Iraqi military forces deal with an onslaught by radical Islamist fighters inspired by al-Qaeda. Addressing the Iraq situation in a statement from the White House Briefing Room, Obama insisted that he would not ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Lawmakers, allies reportedly press White House to push out Iraq PM

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com AS PRESIDENT OBAMA mulls military action in Iraq, lawmakers in Congress and Arab diplomats reportedly press the administration to call on Iraq's political parties to form a new government without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, far left. Outgunned Kurds hope looming Baghdad battle buys them some timeBaghdad claims security forces hold ...read more

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Iraqi Kurds hope coming Baghdad battle buys them some time

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com OUTGUNNED BY Al Qaeda-aligned militants, the Kurds of northern Iraq prepare for a bloody and brutal battle to defend their ancestral homeland. US F-18s fly missions over Iraq as Obama mulls options with Hill leadersMilitants, Iraq security forces clash at country's largest oil refineryObama eyes Special Forces optionOPINION: Maliki ...read more

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Flash Points: What are U.S. options to combat ISIS in Iraq?

CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr and CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate discuss whether the Obama administration's hands are tied in combating the al Qaeda-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad's government. ...read more

Source: CBS News

    

US races to close Iraq intelligence gaps as Obama rules out airstrikes

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA has ruled out carrying out airstrikes against Al Qaeda-inspired militants, pictured left, in Iraq due to a lack of sufficient intelligence to establish military targets, according to a Wall Street Journal report.Obama under pressure to detail Iraq strategy ahead of Hill meetingMilitants lay siege to Iraq's largest oil ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Iraq says it stopped Islamic militants 35 miles from Baghdad

By Nabih Bulos, Patrick J. McDonnell Islamic insurgents who swept through northern and central Iraq, inflicting humiliating defeats on government forces, met tough resistance Tuesday on the northeast approaches to the capital and officials said the advance had been halted. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Iraqi premier Maliki gaining strength as sectarian strife tears nation apart

By Liz Sly BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is tightening his hold on power in response to the catastrophe unfolding in Iraq, even as his critics blame his policies for causing the mayhem that is tearing the country apart. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

IN TERRORISTS' HANDSIraqi insurgents flaunt seized US military vehicles

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com Report: White House mulls special forces in Iraq crisisVIDEO: Special forces protecting US assets Fighting north of Baghdad kills 44 detainees KURTZ: The debate over who can debate Iraq messKrauthammer: Obama 'removed the glue' in Iraq VIDEO: Iraq fortifies Baghdad as militants gain ground ...read more

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IRAQ IN TURMOIL White House reportedly mulls sending special forces

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com KURTZ: The debate over who can debate Iraq messSyrian war planes strike inside Iraq, sources say White House reportedly sees window for diplomacyOfficials: US-made Stinger missiles have likely fallen into ISIS handsKrauthammer: Obama 'removed the glue' in Iraq by withdrawing US troops ...read more

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ISIS claims control of government’s last outpost in northern Iraq; hundreds flee Tal Afar

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed control Monday of the last major city that had been held by the government in northern Iraq.

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

State Dept. blamed Iran for stoking Iraq chaos — now weighs alliance?

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com IRAN'S GOVERNMENT WAS cited months ago by the State Department as a prime instigator in Iraq ahead of the country's ongoing crisis with militants — whose supporters are shown above — underscoring the challenging situation the Obama administration faces as it considers whether to align with Iran to save Iraq. ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq.

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014.

Iraqi federal policemen watch as ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Purported executions in Iraq recall mass sectarian killings

By Nabih Bulos and Laura King In a chilling reminder of the mass sectarian killings eight years ago, an Al Qaeda splinter group that is waging a major offensive in Iraq posted gruesome photos online Sunday purporting to show the summary executions of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Iraqi soldiers, and indicating that Shiite... ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

'IT'S A JIHADIST DISNEYLAND':Rep: Iraq civil war major issue for US

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR Rep. Mike Rogers, left, says the military uprising in Iraq by an Islamic militant group is 'as dangerous as it gets' and that the Obama administration must reunite with Arab nation partners to stop the surge. Iraq military halts advance of ISIS north of BaghdadUS aircraft ...read more

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Several Kurdish forces killed in Iraq as Shiites begin to slow advance of ISIS fighters

By Abigail Hauslohner, Liz Sly BAGHDAD — At least six Kurdish forces were killed in shelling overnight Saturday in northern Iraq in a shadowy incident that appeared to further muddy the waters of a conflict that threatens to split this country into autonomous Sunni-, Shiite-, and Kurdish-ruled territories. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Militants' gains in Iraq pose threat of broad regional ramifications

By Laura King Fallout from the conflict in Iraq has spread to the deserts of North Africa and the shores of the Persian Gulf amid fear of a widening arc of sectarian strife, emboldened Islamist militant movements and a burgeoning exodus of refugees. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Thousands of Iraqis join fight against militants preparing to hit Baghdad

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com THOUSANDS OF SHIITE MUSLIMS across Iraq take up arms and join security forces in the fight against Al Qaeda-inspired militants who have invaded and taken over huge chunks of territory north of Baghdad.US aircraft carrier repositioned in case needed in IraqOPINION: Did Obama's foreign policy blunders sow seeds of disaster?Extortion, ...read more

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ISIS’s gains in Iraq fulfill founder’s violent vision

By Joby Warrick On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a 36-year-old Jordanian who called himself “the Stranger” slipped into the suburbs of Baghdad armed with a few weapons, bags of cash and an audacious plan for starting a war he hoped would unite Sunni Muslims across the Middle ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Iraqis answering top Shiite cleric’s call to arms

By Loveday Morris, Abigail Hauslohner IRBIL, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqis converged on volunteer centers across Baghdad on Saturday in response to a call by Iraq's highest Shiite cleric to fight back against a Sunni jihadist group making rapid gains across the north. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

US sees signs Iran fighters engaged in Iraq strife, defense official says

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com US OFFICIALS are seeing signs that Iranian fighters are engaged in Iraq, a senior defense official tells Fox News, but it is not immediately clear how many troops might be involved.Billions spent, thousands of lives lost: US investment in training Iraqi forces thrown into doubtObama tells Iraq leaders to fix ...read more

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Obama says he will not send troops to Iraq but is considering ‘other options’

By Juliet Eilperin, Anne Gearan President Obama announced Friday that he would not send troops to Iraq but has asked his national security team “to prepare a range of other options” to counter the growing threat posed by radical Islamist insurgents who have seized territory in northern Iraq and are threatening the capital. Read full ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Volunteers flock to defend Baghdad as insurgents seize more Iraqi territory

By Loveday Morris, Liz Sly IRBIL, Iraq — Volunteers flocked to protect the Iraqi capital on Friday as militants inspired by al-Qaeda seized more territory overnight, continuing a rampage that is threatening to tear the country apart. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

CRISIS IN BAGHDAD As jihadists take aim in Iraq, Iran steps in to help old foe

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com Ret. US general: We 'created a huge vacuum' by leaving IraqAmericans evacuated from Iraqi baseEx-commander: US left weak Iraqi gov't Obama accused of 'taking a nap'OPINION: Does Obama understand Iraq may soon be an Islamist state?What is the ISIS?White House mum on Iraq gov't pleas for airstrikes ...read more

Source: Fox News

    

Iran offers to help historical foe Iraq as jihadists take aim at Baghdad

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com IRAN HAS SENT 150 elite fighters and has offered as many as 10,000 soldiers to its historic nemesis Iraq in the wake of a Sunni insurgency that has claimed two key northern cities and now threatens Baghdad, Fox News has learned. Americans evacuated from Iraqi baseEx-commander: US left ...read more

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Zakaria: Who lost Iraq? The Iraqis did, with an assist from George W. Bush

By Fareed Zakaria It is becoming increasingly likely that Iraq has reached a turning point. The forces hostile to the government have grown stronger, better equipped and more organized. And having now secured arms, ammunition and hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from their takeover of Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city — ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Iraq disintegrating as insurgents advance; Kurds seize Kirkuk

By Loveday Morris, Liz Sly IRBIL, Iraq — Iraq was on the brink of disintegration Thursday as al-Qaeda-inspired fighters swept through northern Iraq toward Baghdad and Kurdish soldiers seized the city of Kirkuk without a fight. Lawmakers gathered at the Iraqi parliament to discuss the declaration of a state of emergency, a day after ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Al Qaeda-inspired militants vow march on Baghdad after seizing key Iraq cities

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com A SPOKESMAN FOR the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militant group vows that fighters (pictured above in January) will move against Baghdad after overrunning the northern cities of Mosul and Tikrit this week. Report: Iraq would allow US airstrikes against militants | White House weighs sending fresh ...read more

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Islamic militant group gains more ground in Iraq

By Nabih Bulos, Carol J. Williams A resurgent Al Qaeda splinter group consolidated gains in one of Iraq's largest cities Wednesday and pushed deeper into the heart of the country, threatening to create an extremist "proto-state" in the Middle East, something that U.S. forces fought for eight years to prevent. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times