Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Jun 27, 2014

Iraqi Shiites pushing for al-Maliki's removal

Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught. ...

Jun 25, 2014

Jihadis hone social media skills to win Iraq

Supporters of a powerful jihadi group are waging an online propaganda war in tandem with its battles on the ground in Iraq, where Sunni militants have overrun swaths of the country. For militant groups, the fight over public perception can be even more important ...

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

Jun 25, 2014

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s ...

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

Jun 24, 2014

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

The Sunni uprising in Iraq has received enthusiastic support from many Persian Gulf Arabs, despite official unease over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, branded a terrorist group by governments in the region. While public opinion is hard to gauge in the ...

U.S. Special Forces face thorny challenge in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. Special Forces face thorny challenge in Iraq

U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. The army Green Berets, who are ...

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Jun 23, 2014

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Sunni militants have swept across the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The latest military victories — including two border posts captured Sunday, one along the frontier ...

Moment of Messi magic sends Argentina into second round

Jun 22, 2014

Moment of Messi magic sends Argentina into second round

The way Iran was defending, it was always going to take a little magic from Lionel Messi to send Argentina into the second round of the World Cup. Until stoppage time on Saturday, Messi had been stifled by Iran’s solid back line. Then, out ...

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

Jun 22, 2014

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

As Iraq edges toward chaos, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is having a quiet moment of vindication for a grim forecast that was dismissed by the Bush administration. In 2006, Biden was a senator preparing for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq ...

Messi magic leads Argentina past Iran

Jun 22, 2014

Messi magic leads Argentina past Iran

The way Iran was defending, it was always going to take a little magic from Lionel Messi to send Argentina into the second round of the World Cup. Until stoppage time on Saturday, Messi had been stifled by Iran’s solid back line. Then, out ...