15 new U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq aimed at retaking dam

Aug 19, 2014

15 new U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq aimed at retaking dam

A new round of U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq on Monday was aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the Mosul dam and averting a potential dam failure, the Pentagon said. U.S. Central Command said U.S. fighters, bombers and drone aircraft conducted 15 ...

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 ...

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

Aug 14, 2014

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday. Deputy national security adviser ...

Aug 12, 2014

U.K. rules out Iraq airstrikes, plans more refugee aid

The U.K. ruled out joining U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq as it stepped up efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees. A recall of Parliament, which would be needed to sanction the use of military force, “is not on the cards,” ...

U.S. sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

Aug 11, 2014

U.S. sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday. Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, but ...

Kurdish forces retake two towns in northern Iraq

Aug 11, 2014

Kurdish forces retake two towns in northern Iraq

Kurdish forces retook two towns Sunday from the Sunni militants that have seized large parts of northern Iraq, said a senior Kurdish military official, amid of a building international response that has included aidrops and airstrikes. Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih said the Kurdish fighters ...

Aug 3, 2014

After defeating Kurds, Islamic State rebels seize Iraqi towns, oil field

Islamic State insurgents have captured two northern Iraqi towns and an oil field in their first major victory over Kurdish fighters, witnesses said Sunday. The al-Qaida offshoot, which swept through northern Iraq in June almost unopposed by Iraq’s U.S.-trained army, poses the biggest challenge ...

Jul 11, 2014

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to win presidential elections next month. The jailed leader of the outlawed rebel Kurdistan ...

Jul 11, 2014

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds in north Syria

Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday. The clashes came as a Syrian watchdog group said the death toll ...

Jul 5, 2014

A new map for the Middle East

The military advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant have eroded the fragile equilibrium that held Iraq together, and may spur the Kurds to declare their own long-sought state of Kurdistan.