In Gaza, dispute brews over civilian vs. combatant deaths

| Aug 9, 2014

In Gaza, dispute brews over civilian vs. combatant deaths

In the grisly math of the Israel-Hamas war, conflicting counts of combatants and civilians killed in the Gaza Strip are emerging — with the ratio perhaps more important to shaping international opinion of the monthlong conflict than any final toll. The U.N. and rights ...

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 6, 2014

Ukraine keeps up anti-rebel offensive with nervous eye on Russia

Ukrainian government forces, backed by warplanes, kept up a military offensive to claw back lost territory from pro-Russian separatists on Tuesday while casting a nervous eye at Russian military exercises over the border. Kiev’s military said government forces had clashed 26 times with separatists ...