Allies finalize plans to defeat Islamic State

Jul 21, 2016

Allies finalize plans to defeat Islamic State

The United States gathered its allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group Wednesday and agreed on a plan to corner the jihadis in their final bastions. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters that an accelerated military effort would soon see the ...

Carter says U.S. will use Iraq city as base to retake Mosul

Jul 11, 2016

Carter says U.S. will use Iraq city as base to retake Mosul

U.S. and coalition forces will use the newly retaken air base in Qayara as a staging hub, as Iraqi security forces move forward in the long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday as he arrived in ...

Jul 8, 2016

Baghdad blast toll climbs to 292; many victims burned alive

A Baghdad bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 292 people, according to a new toll issued Thursday, many of whom were trapped in blazing buildings and burned alive. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden minibus in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood early on Sunday, ...

Jul 7, 2016

Criticized for sloppy Iraq reporting, U.K. spy agencies pursue reform

Britain’s foreign spy agency concluded within months of the invasion of Iraq that two key intelligence reports it had received about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were fabricated, a British inquiry disclosed on Wednesday. In September 2002, the Secret Intelligence Service, known as SIS ...

Iraq War casts long shadow over Britain

Jul 6, 2016

Iraq War casts long shadow over Britain

Britain’s war in Iraq, to be examined in a major report due out Wednesday, instilled a deep sense of distrust toward military intervention that still casts a shadow over foreign policy, analysts say. The decision to join the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 on the ...