| Jun 18, 2014

U.S. spooks work to fill Mideast intel gaps

The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. The lack of clear ...

Iraqi Army struggles to recover after rout

Jun 18, 2014

Iraqi Army struggles to recover after rout

The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only to find them already taken ...

Signs of reprisal killings emerge in Iraq

Jun 18, 2014

Signs of reprisal killings emerge in Iraq

Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down at a jail north of Baghdad, a car bomb struck a Shiite neighborhood of the capital and four young Sunnis were found slain, as ominous signs emerged Tuesday that open warfare between the two main Muslim ...

No going back for Iraq after ISIS offensive, Kurdistan PM says

Jun 17, 2014

No going back for Iraq after ISIS offensive, Kurdistan PM says

It will be “almost impossible” for Iraq to return to how it was before the sweeping gains by jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the prime minister of the Kurdistan region warned on Tuesday. Nechirvan Barzani told the ...

Jun 17, 2014

Sectarian monster reawakens

by Ramzy Baroud

The systematic political marginalization of Iraq's Sunni communities demands the establishment of a new political and social contract to re-order the mess created by the U.S. invasion and Iran's intervention.

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Jun 16, 2014

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to insurgents in the country’s north. The town of Tal Afar, ...

Chaos threatens Obama legacy of ending wars

Jun 16, 2014

Chaos threatens Obama legacy of ending wars

From the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said confidently, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.” But less than three weeks after his May 27 ...