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 ...

Aug 18, 2014

Strong quake jolts remote area in southwest Iran

A strong, magnitude-6.1 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran’s border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported. There were no reports of fatalities but a local official said there were injuries and that the temblor had caused damage. The TV ...

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 10, 2014

Japan falls to 0-2 in William Jones Cup

by Ed Odeven

The Japan men’s national basketball team dropped its first two games at the 36th annual William Jones Cup tournament in Taipei over the weekend. On Sunday, Iran put on a rebounding clinic (65-22 edge) and defeated Japan 79-72 in overtime. NBA hopeful Yuki Togashi ...

Plane crash in Iran kills 39, official says

Aug 10, 2014

Plane crash in Iran kills 39, official says

An Iranian transportation official says 39 people were killed and nine wounded when a regional passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from the capital, Tehran. Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the latest casualty figures in an appearance on state TV. The ...

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 ...