Jan 24, 2014

U.S. developing plans to train Iraqis in Jordan

U.S. officials are developing plans to use a small number of U.S. Special Operations Forces in Jordan to train Iraqi troops as part of a broader effort to help Iraq fight the growing al-Qaida threat within its borders. There has been no official request ...

Wave of clashes, bombings leave 30 dead across Iraq

Jan 19, 2014

Wave of clashes, bombings leave 30 dead across Iraq

Violence across Iraq, including a series of car bombings and fighting between militants and government troops over control of the country’s contested Anbar province, killed at least 30 people on Saturday, officials said. The bombings struck neighborhoods around the capital Baghdad. A car bomb ...

Jan 13, 2014

Anbar employees back to their desks as Iraq violence simmers

Nationwide violence killed 34 people on Sunday while civil servants west of Baghdad returned to work under tight security, with Iraqi forces locked in a deadly two-week standoff with militants. Gunmen and security forces clashed west and south of Baghdad, while bombings and shootings ...

Jan 12, 2014

Americans showing sound isolationist instincts

American military intervention in Iraq has been the largest cause of the present chaos, and that makes the isolationist instincts of the American people, displayed recently when the president rashly wanted to bomb Syria, were and remain sound ones.

In Fallujah, al-Qaida fails to learn from its past

Jan 12, 2014

In Fallujah, al-Qaida fails to learn from its past

by Peter Beaumont

The details were barely reported at the time by the world’s media: the killing on Dec. 21 in the west of Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province of 24 Iraqi Army personnel, including the commander of the 7th Division. According to one account, the men were ...

Jan 9, 2014

White House defends self, Biden over Gates book

Rushing to curb political fallout, the White House pushed back Wednesday against harsh criticism in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that questions President Barack Obama’s war leadership and rips into Vice President Joe Biden. The tell-all memoir from Gates has ...

Fighting between Iraqi troops, al-Qaida militants kills 34

Jan 6, 2014

Fighting between Iraqi troops, al-Qaida militants kills 34

The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaida militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province Sunday, unleashing airstrikes and besieging the regional capital in fighting that killed at least 34 people, officials said. A series of bombs in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, meanwhile, killed at least 20 ...