Plane crash in Iran kills 39, official says

Aug 10, 2014

Plane crash in Iran kills 39, official says

An Iranian transportation official says 39 people were killed and nine wounded when a regional passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from the capital, Tehran. Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the latest casualty figures in an appearance on state TV. The ...

Iraq looks to protect oil in south

Aug 9, 2014

Iraq looks to protect oil in south

Iraq’s Sunni Islamist insurgency has further crippled the nation’s dream to match the oil power of Saudi Arabia, making oil fields in the safer south even more vital — but even that region has not been completely free from attacks. Baghdad is struggling to ...

Aug 9, 2014

Obama faces doubts latest foray in Iraq can turn tide against rebels

Even as warplanes dropped the first U.S. bombs on Islamic militant targets in northern Iraq, President Barack Obama faced doubts inside his administration and out that the limited mission he circumscribed is enough to shift the balance in a conflict threatening to tear Iraq ...

Baghdad sends Kurds ammo in 'unprecedented' assistance

Aug 9, 2014

Baghdad sends Kurds ammo in 'unprecedented' assistance

The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to fighters from Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, a U.S. official said, in an “unprecedented” act of military cooperation between Kurdish and Iraqi forces brought on by an urgent militant threat. The official said Iraqi ...

Genocide threat decisive for U.S. to act in Iraq

| Aug 9, 2014

Genocide threat decisive for U.S. to act in Iraq

President Barack Obama had watched with alarm for most of the summer as an al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn’t until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that he decided the U.S. military had ...

Islamic State seizes Iraq's largest dam

Aug 8, 2014

Islamic State seizes Iraq's largest dam

Militants from the Islamic State group seized Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam Thursday, giving them control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad. The fighting has trapped tens of thousands of members of ...

Aug 5, 2014

Iran says it gave missile technology to Hamas

Hamas is able to fire missiles into Israel because Tehran provided weapons technology to the militant group to defend itself against Israeli attacks, a senior Iranian official said Monday. The secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezaei, was quoted by Al-Alam, the Arabic ...

An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Aug 1, 2014

An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad’s sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake. “Things are really tense and it could get worse,” said the 23-year-old ...