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
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
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were on the back foot early on Wednesday, taking their cue from Wall Street as the deepening crisis in Iraq and a report that the U.S. could be loosening restrictions on crude exports triggered a rally in oil prices.
Don't be fooled by its name: The terror group "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" plans to attack well beyond the borders of those two countries. After snatching an Iraq-Jordan checkpoint, Amman is on high alert. ...read more
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
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org (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
President Obama is lining up ISIS targets in Iraq and may launch an attack on the militant Islamic militia that is threatening Baghdad even if he does not get an agreement with the Iraqi regime, Secretary of State John Kerry said today. ...read more
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
By email@example.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
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
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
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By Liz Sly BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda renegades captured three more towns in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Sunday as they pressed their onslaught against Iraq's crumbling security forces into the far west of the country. Read full article >> ...read more
By Joseph Tanfani The radical Sunni Muslim group advancing in Iraq, though it puts the Middle East's stability at risk, is “just one of a number of organizations” in the region that pose a threat to U.S. interests, President Obama said Sunday. ...read more
By email@example.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
By Kathleen Hennessey As they plan their response to the crisis in Iraq, President Obama and his top aides are hoping to replicate elements of an often-overlooked and relatively successful U.S. military operation in another war-ravaged Middle East nation: Yemen. ...read more
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
Dispatched to cover the crisis in Iraq, ABC Newsâ€™ Chief Global Affairs correspondent Martha RaddatzÂ - who is on her 23rd trip to IraqÂ - with the help of ABC News producers Cindy Smith and Bartley Price, chronicled a day working and reporting in Baghdad on June... ...read more
The Iraqi military ran out of Hellfire missiles six days ago, and though the U.S. is rushing more missiles into the country, Iraq has only two modified Cessna aircraft to launch them in their battle against the radical Islamic militia ISIS. ...read more
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iraq will be foremost in investors' minds in the coming week as oil price risk has returned to markets, complicating the task for central banks whose policies are beginning to diverge for the first time since the global financial crisis.
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
By email@example.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
By By THOMAS ERDBRINK In Iraq's Shiite heartland, volunteers have revived battalions of the Mahdi Army, one of the dominant groups preparing for battle after a call for a “defensive jihad” by a high-ranking ayatollah. ...read more
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By email@example.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
By By ROD NORDLAND and ALISSA J. RUBIN Behind the image of savagery that the extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria present lies a disciplined organization that employs social media and sophisticated financial strategies. ...read more
By firstname.lastname@example.org Iraq PM under pressure amid militant offensiveOPINION: Religious cleansing of Iraq's ChristiansSyria car bomb kills 34Megyn Kelly vs. Cheney: An accountability moment for ex-veep VIDEO: Rove says Obama 'moving in right direction' ...read more
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the United States will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq in response to the countrys request for assistance after militants seized wide swaths of its territory.
By email@example.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
President Obama is about to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq in an attempt to stabilize a situation that is rapidly disintegrating. Obama had hoped that the end of the Iraq war would be a key accomplishment of his administration. But just as he thought it was safe ...read more
President Obama said today he is prepared to send up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to assist in training and advising Iraqi forces as the tense situation in the country continues to escalate ...read more
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By email@example.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
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org Militants, Iraq security forces clash at country's largest oil refineryKurds hope looming battle buys time for weapons upgradeObama eyes Special Forces optionOPINION: Iraq cannot survive with Maliki in charge ...read more
By email@example.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
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
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By email@example.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
As many as 275 armed U.S. service members could be sent in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. ...read more
Last week, Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul fell to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. In a few hours, the city's security forces had dropped their weapons and uniforms and fled. Since then, the militants introduced a political charter in Mosul and marched south, seizing additional towns ...read more
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
About 100 Marines and Army troops were deployed to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad today and four warships steamed towards Iraq as tensions rose due to the advance of a radical Islamic insurgency. ...read more
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
By email@example.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
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
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
By email@example.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
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
The advance of Sunni insurgents in Iraq threatens Baghdad, but Tehran is also watching the situation with concern. Iran hopes the Maliki government can repel the rebels without setting off a widespread war. ...read more
By By PETER BAKER With Iraq in crisis, President Obama plans to make a statement about the situation Friday before leaving on a trip to North Dakota and California, the White House announced. ...read more
Global oil prices have hit a nine-month high near $115 (88 euros) a barrel as Islamist militants gained more ground in Iraq. Their advances are raising concerns over oil production in the world’s second largest exporter. ...read more
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
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By Paul Richter, David S. Cloud Facing the threat of sectarian conflict engulfing the Middle East, President Obama indicated Thursday that he may order direct military action in Iraq, a step he has ruled out since the U.S. ended its long war there. ...read more
By email@example.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
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
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
Islamist fighters pushed toward Baghdad Thursday with little interference from the what remains of Iraqs disintegrating security forces as militias groups tied to religious or ethnic groups stepped into try to stop the advance. ...read more
By firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Washington has promised to support the Iraqi government in its drive to defeat rapidly advancing ISIS militants. But experts say that more US weapons are unlikely to stabilize the situation. ...read more
A series of attacks in Iraq is not close to ending. After Fallujah, terrorists have now largely taken control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The deputy prime minister has called it a security disaster. ...read more
Virtual "killing sprees" in Iran and Iraq led to a spike in the number of executions globally last year, according to Amnesty International, at odds with a steady decline in the use of the death penalty around the world over the last two decades.
By By DURAID ADNAN All of the attacks came less than a week after the 11th anniversary of the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, an event that many Iraqis regard as the fall of the capital. ...read more