Shiite militiamen kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

World Aug 23, 2014

Shiite militiamen kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

Iraqi Shiite militiamen machine-gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, said ...

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 ...

World 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 to ...

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, ...

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

World Jul 25, 2014

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Using its own version of soft and hard power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. While conventional states try to win hearts and minds abroad before necessarily ...

Underage fighters drawn into Iraqi war

World | FOCUS 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 our ...