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  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    1 week ago

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Israel accepts first delivery of disputed Kurdish pipeline oil

    June 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer.

    The SCF Altai tanker arrived at Israel's Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship...

  • Elan Carr, Iraq vet and congressional candidate, fears Iraq is lost to Islamists

    By Jared Sichel

    June 19, 2014 | 7:00 am

    For Elan Carr, learning of last week’s capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—a Sunni terrorist group—was especially painful.

    Now readying himself for November elections in which he, a Republican, will be fighting an uphill battle against Democrat Ted Lieu...

  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.

    "This force is deploying...

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  • U.S. considers air strikes, action with Iran to halt Iraq rebels

    June 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

  • Pesach in Baghdad

    April 16, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    Spring was always a welcome guest. The winter was wet and muddy and the nights were bitterly cold. The streets in Baghdad’s old quarter (Taht el Takia) where I was born in December 1930 were narrow, twisted and unpaved. Sanitary conditions were poor or nonexistent. There was no...

  • Shabbat in Iraq: Under the gun

    July 2, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    Military life can be grueling — both physically and emotionally draining. For Eric Goldie, military life has made for a storied and rewarding career that has challenged him in unexpected ways. In 2010, Goldie was mobilized for deployment to Iraq, and added to his list of challenges...

  • Israel steps up recognition of Jewish refugees

    September 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Naim Reuven was only 8 when he left Baghdad more than 50 years ago, but he still remembers going with his father to catch fish in the Tigris River.

    His dad worked in a laundromat, a middle-class father of six and one of Iraq’s more than 100,000 Jews. Baghdad’s Jewish community...

  • Major powers and Iran start nuclear talks in Baghdad

    May 23, 2012 | 10:42 am

    The major powers launched a new round of talks with Iran on its suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The sides hope to emerge from the session in Baghdad on Wednesday with the outline of a plan that would lead to increased Iranian transparency in exchange for a degree of relief on...

  • Baghdad priest: City’s Jews must leave after names in WikiLeaks

    October 10, 2011 | 11:14 am

    The handful of Jews remaining in Baghdad must leave because their names appeared in a WikiLeaks cable, an Anglican priest in the Iraqi capital said.

    The priest said he is working with the U.S. Embassy to get the Jews to emigrate, the McClatchy news service reported. The embassy told...

  • Continue Hussein Trial for Greater Good

    By Nooredin Abedian

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants, which resumed in a fortified courtroom in Baghdad's Green Zone this week following a 40-day adjournment, has raised a few eyebrows. Among other criticisms, the Iraqi special court and the United States are being criticized for a...

  • Drive Seeks Airing of Sephardic Holocaust

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Thirteen-year old Maurice Zekaria was peeking through the window curtains of his house in central Baghdad and saw Iraqi men dragging two Jewish girls by their hair down the street, attacking Jewish men with axes and hammers and heavy smoke rising from torched Jewish businesses and...

  • Was Berg Targeted for Being a Jew?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The world may never know for sure if Nicholas Berg's religion played a role in his grisly execution at the hand of terrorists in Iraq.

    But many, including his family, are speculating that it was a factor in the terrorists' decision to kill the American Jewish civilian who had gone...

  • Soldiers Celebrate High Holidays in Iraq

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew the shofar this past Rosh Hashanah, it reverberated throughout one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces. More than 100 Jewish members of the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attended the High Holiday services at the former Iraqi dictator's Baghdad...

  • Community Briefs

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Iraqi Aliyah Recounted at Kahal Joseph

    When the smoke cleared in Baghdad, most Americans wanted to get out. But Manhattan resident Rachel Zelon opted to go in.

    The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society vice president, who was responsible for facilitating the rescue of a small group of...

  • Palestinians Show Iraq Support With Bombing

    By Naomi Segal

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian support for Iraq took on a new dimension this week with a suicide bombing in Israel that Islamic Jihad said was aimed at showing solidarity with Baghdad.

    Dozens of people were wounded, six seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up March 30 next to a crowded...

  • Anxiety and Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Dabby, who was jailed three times in Baghdad for the crime of being a Jew, did not wish for war, but he fervently hopes that U.S. troops will free his native land.

    Now the president of Kahal Joseph Congregation, Dabby is among approximately 3,000 Jews of Iraqi origin and...

  • The Jewish War

    By Rob Eshman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the Sept. 30 MSNBC show "Hardball," Chris Matthews hosted a debate between Pat Buchanan and Republican political analyst David Frum. Buchanan opposed a United States-led invasion of Iraq, while Frum supported President George W. Bush's plan for tough inspections first followed by...

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