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

    2 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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’

    3 weeks 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

    3 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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  • As caliphate declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit

    3 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.

    June 27, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    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,”...

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

    June 23, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    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...

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

    June 19, 2014 | 11:03 am

    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

    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...

  • Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

    June 18, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    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

    June 18, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    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...

  • 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...

  • U.S. Treasury to discuss funding for Iraq militant group

    June 13, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss counterterrorism financing during his visit to the Middle East, including the funding network of the group fomenting an insurgency in Iraq, Treasury officials said on Friday.

    President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States was...

  • 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...

  • 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...