World Dec 15, 2014

Islamic fighters capture two army bases in blow to Syria

BEIRUT AP Al-Qaida-linked and other Islamic fighters captured two key Syrian army bases on Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib after two days of intense battles with government troops that killed dozens on both sides, activists said. The fall of the two bases — Wadi Deif ...

World Aug 17, 2014

U.S. conducts airstrikes in Iraq near Irbil and Mosul dam

Washington REUTERS The United States on Saturday conducted airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Irbil and the Mosul dam, the U.S. Central Command said. The dam, Iraq's biggest, fell under control of Islamic State militants earlier this month. Control of the ...

Iraq looks to protect oil in south

Business 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 contain ...

World 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

World 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 security ...

After Iraqi army crumbles, Maliki turns to state TV for help

World / Politics Aug 1, 2014

After Iraqi army crumbles, Maliki turns to state TV for help

State television is working overtime to persuade Iraqis to help Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confront an al-Qaida offshoot that has seized wide tracts of the country, but its unifying call has been blunted by his sectarian reputation. Since the humiliating loss of much of Iraq's ...

An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

World / Politics Aug 1, 2014

An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake. "Things are really tense and it could get worse," said the 23-year-old Sunni ...

World Jul 25, 2014

Group divorced from reality: top Turkish cleric

The declaration of a so-called caliphate by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey's top cleric, the successor to the last caliph's most senior imam, said. The Islamic State last month declared its leader, ...