Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Jul 19, 2014

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul militant threat

Thousands of Christians poured into Kurdistan as they fled a Saturday ultimatum by jihadists who overran northwestern Iraq last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break government defenses in strategic areas and edge closer to Baghdad, Christians joined hundreds of thousands ...

Jul 18, 2014

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

Syria’s Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday. The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic ...

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. teams complete assessment of Iraqi forces: Pentagon

U.S. military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said Monday, amid reports the American officers came away with bleak conclusions. The teams were deployed to Baghdad this month after Sunni militants swiftly advanced across the country in a string ...

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

| Jul 13, 2014

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

A video on a boy’s phone shows him firing a heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod through a hole in a crumbling building, his slender body shaking from the kickback. “We were kind of nervous, not because we are cowards, because it was ...

Jul 11, 2014

Cost of 'making' democracy

by William Pfaff

For most of the American electorate, the U.S. perseveres as the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it. But consider what this proud effort in the Mideast, Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere has done to ...

Jul 10, 2014

Seized nuclear material in Iraq "low grade" — IAEA

The U.N. atomic agency believes nuclear material that Iraq said had been seized by insurgents was “low-grade” and did not pose a significant security risk. Iraq told the United Nations in a July 8 letter seen by reporters on Thursday that “terrorist groups” had ...

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...