Shiite militiamen kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Aug 23, 2014

Shiite militiamen kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Iraqi Shiite militiamen machine-gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, ...

Expanded U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bomber attacks

Aug 18, 2014

Expanded U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bomber attacks

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress on Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and ...

Al-Maliki to bow out, back Iraq's new prime minister

Aug 15, 2014

Al-Maliki to bow out, back Iraq's new prime minister

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post, Shiite lawmakers told AP on Thursday. If al-Maliki follows through, the move would end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country ...

Aug 13, 2014

Iraq's Maliki tells army to keep out of politics

Iraq’s incumbent prime minister ordered the security forces on Tuesday not to intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, amid fears that he could go to any lengths to keep power in the face of his increasing ...

Aug 11, 2014

Lawmakers weigh U.S. role against Islamic fighters

Islamic militants’ growing influence in Iraq and Syria is a threat to Americans, lawmakers from both political parties agreed Sunday even as they sharply disagreed on what role the United States should play in trying to crush them. President Barack Obama last week approved ...

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 ...