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  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:47:39 GMT
    European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.
    European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite...
  • Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

    Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:30:42 GMT
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government has allocated two installments of 500 billion dinars ($429 million) to assist citizens who have been internally displaced by the advance of Sunni militants...
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining...
  • Explusion of Christians condemned in northern Iraq

    Explusion of Christians condemned in northern Iraq

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:43:05 GMT
     The Christian community in Mosul was told to convert to Islam, pay a tax or die. 
     The Christian community in Mosul was told to convert to Islam, pay a tax or die. 
  • In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:02:26 GMT
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they...
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...
  • Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:35:31 GMT
    Iraqi police officers say gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs have seized the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council.
    Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker.
  • 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. 
  • 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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