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  • House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:32:51 GMT
    The House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution barring President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval.
    The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal...
  • Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:58 GMT
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called upon political leaders not to "cling" to their posts at the cost of political stability.
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political...
  • Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:04 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:04:16 GMT
    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.
  • No more troops in Iraq, key senator says

    No more troops in Iraq, key senator says

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:15 AM EDT2014-07-25 06:15:52 GMT
     A key U.S. senator backs President Obama's position that no more combat troops will be sent to Iraq.   
     A key U.S. senator backs President Obama's position that no more combat troops will be sent to Iraq.   
  • Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:44:56 GMT
    Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed...
  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:12:10 GMT
    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.
    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.
  • Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:37:05 GMT
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term...
  • US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:19 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say they've vastly ramped up intelligence sorties over Iraq to better understand an expanding extremist insurgency and help Iraqi forces fight back.
    Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even...
  • At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

    At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:41:21 GMT
    A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.
    A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month.
  • Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:30:55 GMT
    Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what...
    Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did...
  • Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

    Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:29 AM EDT2014-07-21 09:29:51 GMT
    Officials say overnight attacks in two Iraqi cities have killed at least 16 people as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' blitz offensive.
    Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of...
  • Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

    Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:40:03 GMT
    The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad which were among a string of attacks Saturday that left at least 27 people dead.
    Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's...
  • Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

    Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:10:53 GMT
    An Army veteran who was wounded during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.
    An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.
  • Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    Saturday, July 19 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-07-19 19:30:28 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has rammed a car packed with explosives into a checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing at least seven people, including four policemen.
    The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
  • Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:12:41 GMT
    New records from the Clinton White House show former President Bill Clinton asking his advisers for details on Osama bin Laden after reading a New York Times story. Other files show the White House considering...
    President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White...
  • In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:29:45 GMT
    Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix...
    Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads,...
  • UN: Some 5,500 civilians killed in Iraq this year

    UN: Some 5,500 civilians killed in Iraq this year

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:20 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:20:21 GMT
    The United Nations says violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of 2014.
    Violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, the U.N. said Friday in a new report that documents the massive humanitarian toll of an ongoing Sunni militant offensive in the...
  • Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq's fight

    Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq's fight

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:28:17 GMT
    A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct...
    A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite...
  • 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. 
  • Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

    Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:49:08 GMT
    Iraqi lawmakers have broken their deadlock and elected a new speaker of parliament - the first step toward forming a new government.
    Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who...
  • Initial review of Iraq forces done; no decisions

    Initial review of Iraq forces done; no decisions

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:22:53 GMT
    Pentagon leaders are now reviewing the military's initial assessment of Iraq's security forces and it may be some time before decisions are made about what additional assistance the U.S. should provide as...
    Pentagon leaders are now reviewing the military's initial assessment of Iraq's security forces and it may be some time before decisions are made about what additional assistance the U.S. should provide as the...
  • Fighting rages over Iraqi town north of Baghdad

    Fighting rages over Iraqi town north of Baghdad

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:48:18 GMT
    Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, while two car bombs in the capital killed at least seven people, officials said.
    Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town along the Tigris River on Monday, while authorities discovered 12 bloated bodies with gunshots to the head near another...
  • Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

    Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

    Sunday, July 13 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-13 15:59:33 GMT
    Iraq's deadlocked parliament ended its second session after just 30 minutes Sunday without making any progress toward forming a new government that can unite the country and confront the Sunni militant blitz...
    Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the...
  • UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

    UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

    Saturday, July 12 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-12 23:47:10 GMT
    Iraqi authorities say some 4,000 volunteers are being dispatched to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces fighting Sunni militants there.
    The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks...
  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Saturday, July 12 2014 2:37 AM EDT2014-07-12 06:37:34 GMT
    Iraq's Oil Ministry says Kurdish fighters have taken over two oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk.
    Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the...
  • Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq

    Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq

    Friday, July 11 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-11 22:43:51 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is aware of Russian and Iranian assistance to the Iraqi military in its fight against Islamic extremists, but the U.S. is not coordinating with either Russia or...
    The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.
  • 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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