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  • Kurdistan, Scotland and Catalonia: They just want to be free, or do they?

     Kurdistan, Scotland and Catalonia: They just want to be free, or do they?
    Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead with such a...
  • Obama can't afford to plunge war-weary US into a sectarian civil war

    COLUMBUS, Ohio The horrors that Iraq is experiencing these days cannot be blamed on President Barack Obama. He can't put troops back into Iraq for a full-scale fight against ISIL the Islamic State of Ira and Levant the group that is taking over swaths...
  • Baghdad blast claimed by Islamic State, suicide car bomb kill nine

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed three people on Thursday in the centre of Baghdad and a second bomb outside the Iraqi capital killed six people, police and medics said. The bomb in central Baghdad,...
  • Iraqis agree on parliament speaker, first step in forming a government

    BAGHDAD Iraqi lawmakers took a step toward breaking their political deadlock Tuesday, voting for a new parliament speaker in the first step of a government formation process that analysts warn is unfolding too slowly to keep the country from fragmenting...
  • Syrian opposition seeks US support for battle plans

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey Syria's pro-western opposition has developed a plan to oust extremists of the self-styled Islamic state from their base in Syria and protect Syrian civilians living in rebel-held areas, but it is waiting for the Obama administration to...
  • Witnesses describe how Islamists leveled Sunni village as a warning

    BAGHDAD To the villagers who fled, Zowiya is now a graveyard for all they've ever known. Their houses have been razed, their neighbors are dead and their tribal codes have been violated in ways they never dreamed possible. For the extremist fighters...
  • Al-Qaida affiliate declares 'emirate' in Aleppo

    ISTANBUL One week after radical Islamists in Iraq declared a "caliphate" spanning the Iraqi-Syria border with its capital in Mosul, Al Qaida's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al Nusra, said it is setting up an "emirate" in rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Nusra...
  • In Iraq's most sacred city, a governor from Michigan holds sway

    NAJAF, Iraq The governor of Iraq's most sacred territory is a slick-haired, sharp-dressed, foul-mouthed, sleep-deprived workaholic who's lost track of how many times he's been hauled into court on charges of abuse of power: "Maybe 10? Twenty?" Najaf Gov....
  • Islamic State consolidates control of eastern Syria with fall of Deir el-Zour

    ISTANBUL Extremists of the Islamic State on Monday seized nearly all of Deir el-Zour, the last town not under their control in eastern Syria, after executing the emir of a rival jihadi group, the Nusra Front, anti-government activists reported. The...
  • Baghdad residents turn to paintball, shopping to make life seem normal

    BAGHDAD A sniper crouched next to a pile of sandbags, taking aim at anything that moved. Return fire came in bursts, from behind a palm tree. "Go! Go! Go!" one fighter yelled. "I'm hit!" shouted another. Then, abruptly, the combat ended. The fighters...
  • Weeks of combat in Iraq show Shiite militias have few offensive capabilities

    IRBIL, Iraq The sectarian Shiite militias that the government in Baghdad has dispatched to fill the void created by the collapse of the Iraqi army are proving ill-equipped for offensive operations intended to reverse gains by the radical Islamic State,...