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  • Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:10:51 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.
    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.
  • Sectarian violence again grips Baghdad

    Sectarian violence again grips Baghdad

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:56 AM EDT2014-08-30 10:56:43 GMT
    Family members again grieve over the deaths of loved ones who are victims of sectarian violence in Iraq.
    Family members again grieve over the deaths of loved ones who are victims of sectarian violence in Iraq.
  • Fort Hood shooter wants to join Islamic State

    Fort Hood shooter wants to join Islamic State

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-08-30 08:39:09 GMT
    The gunman of the Fort Hood massacre has asked to become a citizen of the new Islamic State. 
    The gunman of the Fort Hood massacre has asked to become a citizen of the new Islamic State. 
  • Air Force hits ISIS-controlled Fallujah; 18 killed

    Air Force hits ISIS-controlled Fallujah; 18 killed

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:57:41 GMT

    The Iraqi Air Force pounded a neighborhood in central Fallujah, killing 18. 

    The Iraqi Air Force pounded a neighborhood in central Fallujah, killing 18. 

  • Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:49:55 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing the president of "dithering and debating" in his response to the violent militant group attacking cities in Iraq.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq - but other...
  • The United Kingdom raises its terror threat level

    The United Kingdom raises its terror threat level

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:20 GMT
    The United Kingdom has raised the terror threat level, citing the risk from Syria and Iraq.
    The United Kingdom has raised the terror threat level, citing the risk from Syria and Iraq.
  • Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

    Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:49:52 GMT
    As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of...
    As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided...
  • Would be an honor to do beheading, British jihadist says

    Would be an honor to do beheading, British jihadist says

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:03:38 GMT

     A journalist's beheading was retaliation for U.S. airstrikes, a terrorist said. 

     A journalist's beheading was retaliation for U.S. airstrikes, a terrorist said. 

  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:00:30 GMT
    Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat.
    Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.
  • 4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:19:41 GMT
    Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
    Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:40:19 GMT
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • No strategy for terrorists, no troops to Ukraine, Obama says

    No strategy for terrorists, no troops to Ukraine, Obama says

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:03:41 GMT
    The president said an overall strategy needs to be developed to defeat IS terrorists. 
    The president said an overall strategy needs to be developed to defeat IS terrorists. 
  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:30:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?
    President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in...
  • US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:19:17 GMT
    The U.S. military says fighter planes have conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq.
    U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the...
  • ISIS is pressuring the U.S. to release Lady al-Qaeda

    ISIS is pressuring the U.S. to release Lady al-Qaeda

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:40:04 GMT

    ISIS is pressuring the United States to release terrorist sympathizer, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who is known as Lady al-Qaeda.

     

    ISIS is pressuring the United States to release terrorist sympathizer, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who is known as Lady al-Qaeda.

     

  • Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:18:32 GMT
    A prosecutor is urging a federal jury to convict four former Blackwater guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis.
    A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in...
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:29:20 GMT
    U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.
    The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.
  • Obama threatens brutal IS terrorists, eyes bombing in Syria

    Obama threatens brutal IS terrorists, eyes bombing in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:58:28 GMT
     U.S. spy flights have been gathering intelligence on IS terrorists while Obama promises action.  
     U.S. spy flights have been gathering intelligence on IS terrorists while Obama promises action.  
  • ISIS is recruiting young westerners

    ISIS is recruiting young westerners

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:44:17 GMT

    ISIS is recruiting new members from parts of Europe and the United States, often through the use of social media.  

    ISIS is recruiting new members from parts of Europe and the United States, often through the use of social media.  

  • Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:29:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama will be addressing the American Legion National Convention three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, in an appearance that is also fraught with midterm...
    His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but...
  • Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:37:48 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a car bomb in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad has killed at least eight people and wounded 26.
    A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to...
  • Biden to Iraqi leaders: Time for new government

    Biden to Iraqi leaders: Time for new government

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:17:06 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is calling top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State group.
    Vice President Joe Biden has called three top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government of Iraq and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State terror group.
  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:18:27 GMT
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
  • Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:27:32 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12 people.
    Iraq's prime minister-designate called Monday on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence killed at least 58 people in areas...
  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:27:46 GMT
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
  • UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:36:56 GMT
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity.
    Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
  • American journalist released in Syria

    American journalist released in Syria

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-08-25 09:11:13 GMT
    Peter Theo Curtis was abducted by Syrian rebels in 2012.
    Peter Theo Curtis was abducted by Syrian rebels in 2012.
  • Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

    Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:54 AM EDT2014-08-25 04:54:59 GMT
    James Foley, the U.S. journalist slain by Islamic State militants after being held in captivity for nearly two years, will be remembered Sunday at a Mass of Remembrance in his hometown.
    Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor.
  • Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:37:36 GMT
    Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally...
    Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally...
  • Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:27:00 GMT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement.
  • Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

    Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:16:04 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says his country sees no need to send fighters to help the Iraqi government battle the Islamic State group, even as Sunni militants inch closer to the Iraq-Iran border.
    Iran sees no need to send fighters to help the Iraqi government battle the Islamic State group, even as Sunni militants inch closer to the Iraq-Iran border, its top diplomat said Sunday.
  • UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

    UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:46:03 GMT
    Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group.
    Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group.
  • Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

    Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:35:56 GMT
    The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and...
    The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.
  • Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group

    Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:19:50 GMT
    Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants.
    Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants.
  • Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Saturday, August 23 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-23 20:56:33 GMT
    Iraq's parliament speaker says an investigation is underway into an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions.
    Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid...
  • Bombings occur in Iraq

    Bombings occur in Iraq

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:50:06 GMT
    Three cities in Iraq are bombed. (Source: CNN)Three cities in Iraq are bombed. (Source: CNN)
    It's a day of explosive violence across Iraq, with bombings in three cities.
    It's a day of explosive violence across Iraq, with bombings in three cities.
  • Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

    Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:15 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:15:03 GMT
    For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
    For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
  • Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:55:06 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...
    Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists...
  • Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

    Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:25:26 GMT
    Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants need to be defended and protected so they can return home in security, reinforcing the Vatican's position that...
    Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • 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 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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