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  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    4 days ago

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists now have a large swath of territory on which to train for the next 9/11....

  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    1 week ago

    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself.

    Jordan is one of two Arab countries - along with Egypt -...

  • Can Iraqi forces recapture lost ground alone? U.S. says ‘probably not’

    1 week ago

    Iraqi security forces will probably not be able to recapture ground they have lost to Islamist militants without assistance, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

    General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that U.S. advisers now in Iraq...

  • Sunnis, Kurds shun Iraq parliament after no Maliki replacement named

    2 weeks ago

    Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of Iraq's new parliament on Tuesday after Shi'ites failed to name a prime minister to replace Nuri al-Maliki, dimming any prospect of an early national unity government to save Iraq from collapse.

    The United States, United Nations,...

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  • U.S. sends 300 more troops to Iraq, narrows options for second operations center

    2 weeks ago

    The United States is again ramping up its military presence in Iraq, sending around 300 additional troops into the country as well as a detachment of helicopters and drone aircraft, the Pentagon said on Monday.

    Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said about 200 forces...

  • Israel not working for Iraqi Kurd independence, foreign minister says

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait accompli on Monday but said his country was taking no action to help the Kurds achieve formal statehood.

    The remarks appeared aimed at heading off potential confrontation with the United...

  • As caliphate declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit

    2 weeks ago

    Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swath of Iraq and Syria.

    Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State in Iraqand...

  • ISIS propaganda campaign threatens U.S.

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on ADL.org.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced a new social media cam­paign this week designed to threaten the U.S. and warn it against send­ing mil­i­tary assis­tance to Iraq.

    The cam­paign, “Warn­ing to the Amer­i­can Peo­ple,”...

  • Kerry and Lieberman meet in Paris on Iraq dilemma

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, discussed the threat posed by an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    In their meeting Thursday in Paris, Kerry briefed Liberman on his trip to Iraq this week and asked the Israeli foreign minister for his...

  • Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is ‘foregone conclusion’

    2 weeks ago

    Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion" and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognize a Kurdish state, should it emerge.

    Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and...

  • L.A.’s Iranian-American community unhappy with U.S., Iran relations

    By Karmel Melamed

    2 weeks ago

    Reactions have been strong and angry from the local Iranian community to outreach initiated by the Obama administration to the Islamic Republic of Iran for assistance in quashing Sunni militants in Iraq. The United States reportedly met with Iranian officials on June 15 in Vienna,...

  • U.S. says its forces get immunity guarantees from Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    Iraq has given assurances to the United States that U.S. special operations forces that President Barack Obama has ordered into the country will be shielded from possible prosecution in Iraqi courts, U.S. officials said on Monday.

    With the agreement, Washington has overcome a...

  • Israel accepts first delivery of disputed Kurdish pipeline oil

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Obama says U.S. ready to send advisers, conduct strikes in Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency.

    Obama said American forces would not be returning to combat in Iraq. He said...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

    3 weeks ago

    Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi'ite-led government's army.

    However, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of...

  • Israel lobbies powers to stay tough on Iran amid Iraq crisis

    3 weeks ago

    Israel is lobbying world powers not to ease their pressure on Iran to curb its disputed nuclear programme should Tehran cooperate with the West in beating back Sunni Muslim insurgencies that have spiralled from Syria into Iraq.

    A lightning advance has seen Sunni fighters rout the...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 18, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

  • U.S. says open to further talks with Iran about Iraq

    June 17, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it is open to further talks with Iran about the instability in Iraq but that any such discussions are likely to take place at a lower level.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met with Iranian officials briefly on Monday on...

  • 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...

  • Israel concerned about any U.S.-Iran cooperation in Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

    But, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and...

  • U.S. may discuss Iraq with Iran, not seeking atomic talks extension

    June 16, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States may discuss the security crisis in Iraq with Iran on the sidelines of this week's nuclear talks in Vienna, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, in what could mark a momentous step in U.S. engagement with its longtime adversary.

    The negotiations in the Austrian...

  • 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...

  • Obama weighs action in Iraq but rules out combat troops

    June 13, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he needs several days to determine how the United States will help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, but he ruled out sending U.S. troops back into combat and said any intervention would be contingent on Iraqi leaders becoming more...

  • Insurgents move into Iraqi town of Jalawla after army flees

    June 12, 2014 | 9:41 pm

    Insurgents moved into the town of Jalawla in eastern Iraq late on Thursday after security forces abandoned their posts there, security sources said.

    Kurdish peshmerga forces deployed more men to secure their political party offices in Jalawla before the insurgents arrived in the town, which is in the province of Diyala, bordering Iran.

    Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

  • Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

    June 12, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

    ...
  • Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad, Iraq

    June 12, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

    Iraqi Kurdish forces took advantage of the chaos to take...

  • Can Elan Carr split the
    blue sea?

    By David Suissa

    May 21, 2014 | 10:54 am

    The last word I would use to describe my friend Elan Carr, an Iraq war veteran and criminal gang prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, is “dreamer.” For the many years I’ve known him, Carr has struck me as Mr. Reality— a straight shooter who sees things...

  • Obama needs a better job

    By David Suissa

    April 2, 2014 | 11:36 am

    I feel bad for President Barack Obama. Here is a decent, intelligent, articulate man who had all the qualities to be a brilliant candidate but somehow ended up in the wrong job.

    As I see him running out the clock on his second term, gamely trying to appear in control but clearly...

  • Damaged Torahs found in Iraq buried in N.Y.

    December 17, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a New York cemetery.

    The burial took place Sunday at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island, The Associated Press reported. More than 100 people attended the ceremony...

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