Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000 in less than week

Sep 22, 2014

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000 in less than week

The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group’s advance across northern Syria has hit 100,000 in less than a week, an official said Sunday. The head of Turkey’s disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates to Syrians ...

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 ...