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  • Iraq militants kill 46 in attack on Sunni mosque

    Iraq militants kill 46 in attack on Sunni mosque

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:04:28 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has called on the country's leaders to settle their differences in a "realistic and doable" manner and swiftly form a new government, badly needed in the face of a...
    Militants targeted a Sunni mosque in a province next to the Iraqi capital during weekly prayers on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding over 50 as members of the Islamic State group continue to push through the...
  • Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:30 GMT
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • ISIS's threat to US could include native sleeper cells

    ISIS's threat to US could include native sleeper cells

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:36:34 GMT

    Does the Islamic State, who beheaded journalist James Foley, have sleeper cells in the U.S.? 

    Does the Islamic State, who beheaded journalist James Foley, have sleeper cells in the U.S.? 

  • ISIS land gains yield millions in oil wealth

    ISIS land gains yield millions in oil wealth

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:34:02 GMT
    Territory captured by ISIS has created oil funds for the rampaging terrorists.    
    Territory captured by ISIS has created oil funds for the rampaging terrorists.    
  • Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:24:31 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.
    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said...
  • New airstrikes hit ISIS

    New airstrikes hit ISIS

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:22 GMT

    The U.S. is ramping up efforts to defeat ISIS.

    The U.S. is ramping up efforts to defeat ISIS.

  • Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:01 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's confident in his case as he faces two felony indictments on coercion and official oppression charges.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground...
  • Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

    Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:34:25 GMT
    The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.
    The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:15:01 GMT
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether...
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...
  • Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:44:13 GMT
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to...
    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and...
  • Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

    Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:04:27 GMT
    Experts say police and security services are using voice-recognition software and other technology, as well as human tips, as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of...
    The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.
  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:55:05 GMT
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul...
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.
  • Foley's parents hope other journalists can be liberated from ISIS

    Foley's parents hope other journalists can be liberated from ISIS

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-08-21 09:20:16 GMT

    Officials say U.S. Special Ops, from units like Delta Force and Navy Seal Team Six, went into Syria this summer trying to rescue Foley and other hostages.

    Officials say U.S. Special Ops, from units like Delta Force and Navy Seal Team Six, went into Syria this summer trying to rescue Foley and other hostages.

  • US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:15:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find...
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:15:28 GMT
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes...
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no...
  • Survivors recount horror of massacre by ISIS terrorists

    Survivors recount horror of massacre by ISIS terrorists

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:32:36 GMT
     Women and children were taken by ISIS terrorists when village fell. 
     Women and children were taken by ISIS terrorists when village fell. 
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:34:42 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....
  • ISIS rampage creates refugee tide in N Iraq

    ISIS rampage creates refugee tide in N Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:24:27 GMT
     International community is accused by some of dragging its feet in combating ISIS. 
     International community is accused by some of dragging its feet in combating ISIS. 
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:06:11 GMT
    A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any...
    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...
  • Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:53:52 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.
  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:34:28 GMT
    An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.
    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the...
  • Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:47 GMT
    Germany says it is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq.
    Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
  • Another U.S. journalist in jeopardy

    Another U.S. journalist in jeopardy

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:25:07 GMT

    The group of Islamic extremists operating in Iraq and Syria wants the U.S. to stop assisting security forces in Iraq.

    The group of Islamic extremists operating in Iraq and Syria wants the U.S. to stop assisting security forces in Iraq.

  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:54:17 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants...
  • Kurds expect ISIS to make counterattack for Mosul Dam

    Kurds expect ISIS to make counterattack for Mosul Dam

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:05:45 GMT

    Iraq regains the Mosul Dam but believes ISIS terrorists will regroup and be back for another fight.  

    Iraq regains the Mosul Dam but believes ISIS terrorists will regroup and be back for another fight.  

  • Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

    Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:33:22 GMT
    A local official and a resident say clashes have broken out between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit.
    Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged...
  • Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 08:54:00 GMT
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens...
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of...
  • Christians pray hillside monastery sanctuary from ISIS

    Christians pray hillside monastery sanctuary from ISIS

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-08-19 04:40:55 GMT

     Christians and Iraqis are fleeing to the hills to escape ISIS terrorists with U.S. warplanes providing cover.  

     Christians and Iraqis are fleeing to the hills to escape ISIS terrorists with U.S. warplanes providing cover.  

  • Obama says 'progress' being made in Iraq

    Obama says 'progress' being made in Iraq

    Monday, August 18 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-19 00:06:32 GMT

    President Obama says military operations are effectively protecting personnel and facilities in Iraq. 

    President Obama says military operations are effectively protecting personnel and facilities in Iraq. 

  • Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:15:17 GMT
    The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster.
    President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the...
  • Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:15:43 GMT
    Iraq's army spokesman says security forces and Kurdish fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam, the country's largest, from Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago.
    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept...
  • Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:14:16 GMT
    Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.
    Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.
  • UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

    UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-18 15:24:03 GMT
    The United Nations says it is undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children.
    The United Nations said Monday it was undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children as the highly contagious virus crosses from Syria into neighboring countries.
  • UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

    UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:04:13 GMT
    Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.
    Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    Sunday, August 17 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 22:52:15 GMT
    The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.
    The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.
  • Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

    Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

    Sunday, August 17 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-08-17 19:32:46 GMT
    An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country's largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State extremist group earlier this month.
    Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said.
  • Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 17 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 15:52:29 GMT
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.
  • Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

    Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-08-16 22:30:23 GMT
    Officials in Iraq say that survivors of an attack on a northern village have told them that militants from the Islamic State group killed over 80 Yazidi men there.
    Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials...
  • US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

    US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-08-16 22:20:08 GMT
    U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.
    U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.
  • Refugees find haven in Kurd-run camp in Syria

    Refugees find haven in Kurd-run camp in Syria

    Saturday, August 16 2014 1:58 AM EDT2014-08-16 05:58:24 GMT
    Thousands of Iraqi refugees rest in a Kurd-run camp in Syria as they run from brutal terrorists.  
    Thousands of Iraqi refugees rest in a Kurd-run camp in Syria as they run from brutal terrorists.  
  • US assesses the growth, power of ISIS

    US assesses the growth, power of ISIS

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-16 02:16:26 GMT

    The U.S. intelligence community lays out its assessment of ISIS's growth and movement for the future.

    The U.S. intelligence community lays out its assessment of ISIS's growth and movement for the future.

  • Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom

    Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-08-15 23:31:13 GMT
    Iraq's embattled Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as prime minister, caving in to international and domestic pressure to give up his post to a rival politician.
    Nouri al-Maliki's decision to step down as Iraq's prime minister raised hopes Friday for a new government that can roll back an increasingly powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart.
  • Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed

    Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed

    Friday, August 15 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 20:11:10 GMT
    By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the...
    By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world's...
  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

    Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:42:25 GMT
    France's decision to arm Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic militants has marked a turning point in Europe's wavering stance on Iraq, with an EU emergency meeting on Friday seeking to forge a...
    The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents....
  • Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:19:49 GMT
    Two U.S. officials say that roughly 4,500 people remain atop northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, and nearly half are herders who lived there before the siege and have no interest in being evacuated.
    President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands...
  • Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

    Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:09:52 GMT
    The United Nations has announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq in the wake of the onslaught by Islamic militants who have overrun much of the country's north and west and...
    Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced late Thursday that he was relinquishing his post to his nominated replacement, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights...
  • Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:03:03 GMT
    Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.
    Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.
  • Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain

    Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:12:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-08-14 07:19:42 GMT
    The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far...
    The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken,...
  • US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-14 02:29:11 GMT
    A Pentagon official says a team of U.S. Army Special Forces were flown atop Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to get a firsthand look at possible ways to rescue stranded Iraqi civilians suffering from thirst and...
    Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night.
  • US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

    US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-14 00:38:52 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will make a decision within days about whether to send the U.S. military to rescue Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain.
    Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to...
  • UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

    UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-13 23:49:20 GMT
    Iraqi troops imposed heightened security in Baghdad Wednesday as international support mounted for a new prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki, who has called on the armed forces to stay out of politics amid...
    The United Nations on Wednesday announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands had been trapped on a desert...
  • Iraqi religious persecution hits home in Nebraska

    Iraqi religious persecution hits home in Nebraska

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:39:55 GMT
    Iekhan Safar moved from Iraq to Lincoln for the same reason that hundreds of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority, came to Nebraska's capital city: to live near family, far from the dangers they've long...
    Iekhan Safar moved from Iraq to Lincoln for the same reason that hundreds of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority, came to Nebraska's capital city: to live near family, far from the dangers they've long faced as a...
  • US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

    US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:39:31 GMT
    U.S. military officials say a drone aircraft attacked and destroyed an armed truck operated by Islamic militants west of the village of Sinjar in northern Iraq.
    U.S. military officials say a drone aircraft attacked and destroyed an armed truck operated by Islamic militants west of the village of Sinjar in northern Iraq.
  • France to send weapons to Kurds in Iraq

    France to send weapons to Kurds in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:18:56 GMT
    France says it will send arms to Kurdish forces in Iraq in response to the Kurds' "urgent need" of support against radicals of the Islamic State group.
    Calling the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan "catastrophic," France said Wednesday it would start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group.
  • Egypt's top cleric condemns Islamic State

    Egypt's top cleric condemns Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:08 AM EDT2014-08-13 09:08:35 GMT
    Egypt's top cleric has condemned the extremist Islamic State group, describing it as a "terrorist" organization that poses a danger to Islam and Muslims.
    Egypt's top cleric has condemned the extremist Islamic State group that has been on a rampage in Iraq and Syria, describing it as a "terrorist" organization that poses a danger to Islam and Muslims.
  • Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans

    Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 3:28 AM EDT2014-08-13 07:28:44 GMT
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.
  • Asia stocks drift as Iraq, Ukraine tensions simmer

    Asia stocks drift as Iraq, Ukraine tensions simmer

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 12:57 AM EDT2014-08-13 04:57:47 GMT
    Asia stocks rose Monday as subdued Chinese inflation, a rebound by Japanese markets and the latest easing of tensions over Ukraine helped offset unease about Iraq.
    Asian stocks drifted on Wednesday as investors remained cautious amid uncertainty over potential conflict in Ukraine and Iraq plus new numbers showing a slowdown in Japan's economy.
  • US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

    US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-08-13 03:18:52 GMT
    A senior U.S. defense official says the Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq.
    Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar...
  • Iraq's prime minister seems increasingly isolated

    Iraq's prime minister seems increasingly isolated

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:28:04 GMT
    Iraq's incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appeared more isolated Tuesday as he pressed his battle to remain in power while Iraqi politicians and the international community rallied behind a Shiite...
    His days in power in Iraq appear increasingly numbered. World leaders, including his biggest ally, Iran, hail the nomination of the man who would be his successor.
  • Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

    Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:21:46 GMT
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.
  • Yazidis who escaped ISIS trickle back into Iraq

    Yazidis who escaped ISIS trickle back into Iraq

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-08-13 00:34:23 GMT

    Yazidis cross river from Mount Sinjar, Iraq to Syria and back into Iraq. 

    Yazidis cross river from Mount Sinjar, Iraq to Syria and back into Iraq. 

  • US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

    US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-12 23:49:04 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Iraq's new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government and says the U.S. is prepared to offer additional aid in the fight against Islamic State militants.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq's new leaders on Tuesday to work quickly to form an inclusive government and said the U.S. is prepared to offer significant additional aid in the fight against Islamic...
  • Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

    Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:30:58 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada.
    The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada.
  • Iraq's PM-designate faces challenges ahead

    Iraq's PM-designate faces challenges ahead

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:18:13 GMT
    The choice of Haider al-Abadi to become Iraq's next prime minister, and possibly end Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule, came as a surprise to many Iraqis. He was not among the best-known members of the...
    The choice of Haider al-Abadi to become Iraq's next prime minister, a move that would end Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule, came as a surprise to many Iraqis. He was not among the best-known members of the Baghdad...
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

    Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-08-12 17:28:25 GMT
    In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.
    In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.
  • Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid

    Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:59:12 GMT
    A Russian-built Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot, said the army spokesman.
    A Russian-built Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot, said the army spokesman.
  • Iran voices support for new Iraqi PM designate

    Iran voices support for new Iraqi PM designate

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-08-12 15:48:04 GMT
    A senior Iranian official has offered his congratulations to the Iraqi politician nominated to replace incumbent Nouri al-Maliki, suggesting key Iranian support for a new leader in Baghdad.
    A senior Iranian official offered his congratulations Tuesday to the Iraqi politician nominated to replace incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, suggesting key Iranian support for a new leader in Baghdad.
  • US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

    US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-12 14:48:52 GMT
    U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
    U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
  • Vatican to Muslim leaders: Condemn Iraq barbarity

    Vatican to Muslim leaders: Condemn Iraq barbarity

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-12 14:27:32 GMT
    The Vatican is urging Muslim leaders to denounce the "barbarity" of the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and other minorities in Iraq, saying their credibility is on the line.
    The Vatican is urging Muslim leaders to denounce the "barbarity" of the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and other minorities in Iraq, saying their credibility is on the line.
  • Iraq: Maliki tells army to keep out of politics

    Iraq: Maliki tells army to keep out of politics

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:37:46 GMT
    Iraq's prime minister has ordered the security forces not intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister.
    Iraq's prime minister has ordered the security forces not intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister.
  • US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq

    US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-12 01:57:22 GMT
    The U.S. is deploying a disaster response team to Iraq help distribute humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in the fresh wave of violence in the country's north.
    The U.S. is delivering food, water and aid teams to try to help tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in Iraq in the fresh wave of violence in the country's north.
  • Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-12 01:37:16 GMT
    Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles...
    Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in...
  • Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

    Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

    Monday, August 11 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-08-12 00:09:24 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed by his national security team on the latest military and political developments in Iraq and the situations in Ukraine and Gaza.
    Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations.
  • Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward'

    Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward'

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-08-11 23:58:50 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq.
    President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government.
  • US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

    US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

    Monday, August 11 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-11 22:18:10 GMT
    U.S. military officials say American fighter aircraft struck and destroyed several vehicles Sunday that were part of an Islamic State group convoy moving to attack Kurdish forces defending the northeastern Iraqi...
    U.S. fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on four checkpoints manned by Sunni militants in northwest Iraq near where thousands of minority Yazidi refugees have been trapped on a mountain to escape violence.
  • Iraq's president picks new prime minister

    Iraq's president picks new prime minister

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-08-11 20:37:41 GMT
    Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is taking his struggle to keep his post to the courts after announcing he will file a legal complaint on Monday against the country's newly elected president.
    Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician to form the next government Monday, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in...
  • UK warns of humanitarian crisis in Iraq

    UK warns of humanitarian crisis in Iraq

    Monday, August 11 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-11 18:18:39 GMT
    Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned Monday that a humanitarian disaster of massive scale was brewing in northern Iraq, as he promised action to help the afflicted.
    Prime Minister David Cameron's office pledged Monday to send a small contingent of Royal Air Force Tornados to Northern Iraq to offer surveillance capability over the siege of a minority group by Islamic militants - a...
  • Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee

    Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:17:02 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is giving U.S. support to Iraq's new president as he's embroiled in dispute with the prime minister.
    Vice President Joe Biden is giving U.S. support to Iraq's new president and his nominee to take over as prime minister over the objections of the incumbent.
  • Turkish journalist killed in Iraq during clashes

    Turkish journalist killed in Iraq during clashes

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:17:00 GMT
    A journalists' rights group says a Turkish journalist has been killed in Iraq during clashes between Islamic militants and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and has demanded an investigation into the circumstances of...
    A journalists' rights group says a Turkish journalist has been killed in Iraq during clashes between Islamic militants and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and has demanded an investigation into the circumstances of her death.
  • For Iraq Yazidis, a frantic search for the missing

    For Iraq Yazidis, a frantic search for the missing

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:07:57 GMT
    Trucks and jeeps trundled slowly across the pontoon bridge, packed with refugees, with children poking their dusty heads out of the windows and truck beds. Nearby, a distraught father frantically scanned them as...
    Trucks and jeeps trundled slowly across the pontoon bridge, packed with refugees, with children poking their dusty heads out of the windows and truck beds. Nearby, a distraught father frantically scanned them as they...
  • Kerry urges calm in Iraq

    Kerry urges calm in Iraq

    Monday, August 11 2014 3:46 AM EDT2014-08-11 07:46:58 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants.
  • Iraqi PM to file complaint against new president

    Iraqi PM to file complaint against new president

    Sunday, August 10 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-08-11 02:47:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and provide humanitarian aid to refugees...
    Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the country's new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government...
  • State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president

    State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president

    Sunday, August 10 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-11 02:27:05 GMT
    A leading Republican says he worries an American city could soon be a terrorist target if the U.S. military fails to turn back Islamic militants on the march in Iraq and Syria.
    The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.
  • Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq

    Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq

    Sunday, August 10 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-08-10 18:17:39 GMT
    Pope Francis has expressed outrage at the violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of thirst, and said his emissary to the region would leave Monday.
    Pope Francis on Sunday expressed outrage at violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of thirst, and called on the world "to stop these crimes."
  • US military conducts more airstrikes in Iraq

    US military conducts more airstrikes in Iraq

    Sunday, August 10 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-08-10 16:08:30 GMT
    The Defense Department says a new round of airstrikes by U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones has targeted Islamic militants in Iraq.
    The Defense Department says a new round of airstrikes by U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones has targeted Islamic militants in Iraq.
  • French minister in Iraq to oversee aid delivery

    French minister in Iraq to oversee aid delivery

    Sunday, August 10 2014 4:26 AM EDT2014-08-10 08:26:33 GMT
    France says Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has gone to Iraq to supervise French aid delivery and show support.
    France says Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has gone to Iraq to supervise French aid delivery and show support.
  • US oversees its 3rd airdrop of supplies in Iraq

    US oversees its 3rd airdrop of supplies in Iraq

    Saturday, August 9 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-08-10 01:36:02 GMT
    The U.S. military has dropped food and water for a third time to thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar.
    The U.S. military has dropped food and water for a third time to thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar.
  • Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action

    Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action

    Saturday, August 9 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-10 00:06:19 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement Saturday on the situation in Iraq.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to...
  • US aids displaced Iraqis as airstrikes help Kurds

    US aids displaced Iraqis as airstrikes help Kurds

    Saturday, August 9 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-08-09 23:48:59 GMT
    The U.S. launched a new airdrop Saturday to aid thousands of members of an Iraqi minority group who fled the advance of the Islamic State group, trying to stem a worsening humanitarian crisis in a country reeling...
    President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and provide humanitarian aid to refugees trapped by...
  • US launches 4 airstrikes against Iraqi militants

    US launches 4 airstrikes against Iraqi militants

    Saturday, August 9 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-09 23:37:28 GMT
    The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.
    The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.
  • Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

    Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

    Saturday, August 9 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-08-09 23:16:14 GMT
    Syrian Kurdish officials say thousands of members of a religious minority group have fled across the border from Iraq after coming under attack by Islamic extremists.
    With shocked, sunburnt faces, men, women and children in dirt-caked clothes limped into a camp for displaced Iraqis, finding safety after harsh days of hiding on a blazing mountaintop after fleeing from the extremist...
  • France to deliver first aid to Kurds in north Iraq

    France to deliver first aid to Kurds in north Iraq

    Saturday, August 9 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-08-09 18:16:17 GMT
    The French president's office says France will deliver a load of first aid to Iraq in the next few hours.
    The French president's office says France will deliver a load of first aid to Iraq in the next few hours.
  • As bombs fall over Iraq, old emotions rise in US

    As bombs fall over Iraq, old emotions rise in US

    Saturday, August 9 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-08-09 15:56:34 GMT
    By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer It was supposed to be over, America's war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again...
    By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer It was supposed to be over, America's war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again striking...
  • Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights

    Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights

    Saturday, August 9 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-08-09 12:55:38 GMT
    Etihad Airways is re-routing its flights to avoid "conflict airspace" in Iraq, as Turkish Airlines says it has resumed its flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.
    Two Gulf-based airlines said Saturday they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.
  • Obama: US won't be dragged into another Iraq war

    Obama: US won't be dragged into another Iraq war

    Saturday, August 9 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-08-09 10:23:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the United States can't and shouldn't intervene in every world crisis. But he says when innocent people face a massacre and the U.S. has the ability to stop it, the nation...
    President Barack Obama says the United States can't and shouldn't intervene in every world crisis. But he says when innocent people face a massacre and the U.S. has the ability to stop it, the nation shouldn't...
  • US drops more food and water for Iraqi refugees

    US drops more food and water for Iraqi refugees

    Friday, August 8 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-09 03:13:47 GMT
    U.S. defense officials say American planes have conducted a second airdrop of food and water for thousands of refugees trapped in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.
    U.S. defense officials say American planes have conducted a second airdrop of food and water for thousands of refugees trapped in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.
  • US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

    US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

    Friday, August 8 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-09 03:05:55 GMT
    The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious...
    The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority,...
  • Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

    Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-09 02:57:00 GMT
    Declaring that "America is coming to help," President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat...
    President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions...
  • How Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq

    How Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-09 00:06:03 GMT
    For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned...
    For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that...
  • US stocks buck turmoil weighing on global markets

    US stocks buck turmoil weighing on global markets

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:25:39 GMT
    Asian stocks sank Friday as jitters over the crises in Iraq and Ukraine escalated but Chinese stocks rose after trade figures showed surprisingly strong growth in exports.
    A burst of buying Friday in U.S. stocks defied slumps in other markets and offered hope for investors shaken by geopolitical turmoil. Major U.S. stock indexes closed up around 1 percent, buoyed by signs that tensions in...
  • Pentagon: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

    Pentagon: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:36:58 GMT
    American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.
    The U.S. launched two more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Friday, hitting a vehicle convoy and two mortar positions, the Pentagon said.
  • Iraq official: Militants hold 100s of Yazidi women

    Iraq official: Militants hold 100s of Yazidi women

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:06:13 GMT
    The spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry says hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by militants from the Islamic State group.
    Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by Sunni militants with "vicious plans," an Iraqi official said Friday, further underscoring the dire plight of Iraq's minorities at the...
  • FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq

    FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:36:35 GMT
    Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and other airlines on Friday canceled flights to and from the northern Iraqi city of Irbil after U.S. airstrikes on Islamic militants.
    The Obama administration ordered U.S. airlines not to fly over Iraq following the first U.S. airstrikes there Friday, while carriers from other nations said they were suspending service to the Iraqi city of Irbil because...
  • Iraqis flee militants as US warplanes strike

    Iraqis flee militants as US warplanes strike

    Friday, August 8 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-08 19:36:27 GMT
    Iraqi and Kurdish officials have welcomed the U.S. decision to authorize airdrops of humanitarian aid and airstrikes in northern Iraq to counter advancing Sunni radical militants.
    Thousands of displaced Iraqis fled their camp in the face of advancing fighters of the Islamic State group, deepening the humanitarian crisis in the north of the country as the United States carried out its first...
  • FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq

    FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-08 16:38:57 GMT
    Federal aviation authorities are prohibiting U.S. airlines and other commercial carriers from flying over Iraq, saying hostilities there could threaten safety.
    The Federal Aviation Administration said it is prohibiting U.S. airlines and other commercial carriers from flying over Iraq as the U.S. launched its first airstrikes there Friday.
  • Hagel: US can effectively target Iraq airstrikes

    Hagel: US can effectively target Iraq airstrikes

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-08-08 13:46:37 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out Islamic militants and launch effective airstrikes if they threaten U.S. interests or the thousands of refugees who...
    The U.S. launched its first airstrikes into Iraq Friday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out and hit Islamic militants if they threaten U.S. interests or...
  • US launched first airstrikes in Iraq

    US launched first airstrikes in Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-08-08 13:20:30 GMT
    The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.
    The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.
  • Asian stocks mostly down on Ukraine, Iraq jitters

    Asian stocks mostly down on Ukraine, Iraq jitters

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-08-08 04:25:12 GMT
    Asian stocks were mostly slightly lower in Thursday morning trading, as markets watched for action of the central banks in the U.S., Japan and Europe and worries about the escalating conflict in Ukraine continued...
    Asian stocks sank Friday as jitters over the crises in Iraq and Ukraine escalated but Chinese stocks rose after trade figures showed surprisingly strong growth in exports.
  • ISIS advance puts former American foes, US on same side

    ISIS advance puts former American foes, US on same side

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:08 AM EDT2014-07-16 05:08:58 GMT
     A former militant leader who fought against American forces in Iraq is now joining the U.S. in battling ISIS terrorists. 
     A former militant leader who fought against American forces in Iraq is now joining the U.S. in battling ISIS terrorists. 
  • British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:29:09 GMT
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
  • Iraqi ambassador offers chilling view of terrorists

    Iraqi ambassador offers chilling view of terrorists

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:14:13 GMT
    The militant Sunni ISIS terrorist group will not coexist with anyone who disagrees with them, Iraq's ambassador to the U.S. said. 
    The militant Sunni ISIS terrorist group will not coexist with anyone who disagrees with them, Iraq's ambassador to the U.S. said. 
  • More Russian-made jets arrive in tense Baghdad

    More Russian-made jets arrive in tense Baghdad

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:10:09 GMT
    More Russian-made warplanes arrive in Baghdad as parliament postpones session.
    More Russian-made warplanes arrive in Baghdad as parliament postpones session.
  • About 500 US troops now in Iraq

    About 500 US troops now in Iraq

    Friday, June 27 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-06-27 09:04:02 GMT
    Iraqi forces are preparing to defend Baghdad and are in a fight with ISIS for a critical dam 170 miles from the capital.
    Iraqi forces are preparing to defend Baghdad and are in a fight with ISIS for a critical dam 170 miles from the capital.
  • US, Shia militias face common enemy

    US, Shia militias face common enemy

    Friday, June 27 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-06-27 06:52:12 GMT
    Former foes America and Shiite militias are now on the same side against advancing Sunni ISIS militants in Iraq.
    Former foes America and Shiite militias are now on the same side against advancing Sunni ISIS militants in Iraq.
  • No US combat role in Iraq, Obama says

    No US combat role in Iraq, Obama says

    Friday, June 20 2014 3:59 AM EDT2014-06-20 07:59:03 GMT
    President Obama said American advisers will not be in a combat role in Iraq.
    President Obama said American advisers will not be in a combat role in Iraq.
  • Washington debates response in Iraq

    Washington debates response in Iraq

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-06-18 21:53:44 GMT
    Politicians and defense officials debate over how to respond to terrorist gains in Iraq.
    Politicians and defense officials debate over how to respond to terrorist gains in Iraq.
  • US exploring ways to slow brutal terrorist advance in Iraq

    US exploring ways to slow brutal terrorist advance in Iraq

    Monday, June 16 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-06-16 21:40:27 GMT
    President Obama and his national security team are considering options, including working with Iran, to slow a terrorist surge through Iraq.
    President Obama and his national security team are considering options, including working with Iran, to slow a terrorist surge through Iraq.
  • Baghdad vulnerable, former Iraqi leader says

    Baghdad vulnerable, former Iraqi leader says

    Friday, June 13 2014 3:39 AM EDT2014-06-13 07:39:29 GMT
    A former Iraqi prime minister said the nation's capital of Baghdad is vulnerable to a terrorist takeover.
    A former Iraqi prime minister said the nation's capital of Baghdad is vulnerable to a terrorist takeover.
  • Iraq turmoil could boost gas prices

    Iraq turmoil could boost gas prices

    Friday, June 13 2014 2:50 AM EDT2014-06-13 06:50:04 GMT
    Prices at the gas pumps may rise in the wake of terrorist gains in Iraq.
    Prices at the gas pumps may rise in the wake of terrorist gains in Iraq.
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