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  • 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...
  • Iraq militants' advance casts shadow over Baghdad neighborhood

    Iraq militants' advance casts shadow over Baghdad neighborhood
    From his barbershop, Dhai Rahmeh recalled the dark days of 2006-07, when sectarian death squads stalked the streets, forcing thousands to flee his neighborhood, Ghazaliya. The once-sleepy residential district was soon transformed into one of the Iraqi...
  • 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,...
  • Iraq parliament balks at resolving leadership crisis

    Expectations that Iraq’s new parliament would soon resolve a leadership crisis were dashed  Monday when deeply divided lawmakers pushed back a meeting scheduled for Tuesday. Officials initially announced that the next parliamentary session had...
  • Iraq has this democracy thing down pat

    I'm not sure what all the concern is about the situation in Iraq. All along we wanted Iraq to form a government much like ours and have all the benefits of a democracy. Instead of Democrats, Republicans and members of the tea party, it has Sunnis,...
  • The Kurdish option: An independent state for the Kurds, an ally for the U.S. in Iraq

     The Kurdish option: An independent state for the Kurds, an ally for the U.S. in Iraq
    "This moment requires statesmanship." That was Secretary of State John F. Kerry — a man not known for irony — in a meeting in late June with Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Appealing to Barzani's nonexistent...
  • Republicans can't seem to agree on Iraq and Middle East strategies

    The crisis in Iraq and broader unrest in the Middle East have exposed a growing rift among Republicans on foreign policy, as skeptics of military intervention have more openly challenged the party's hawkish posture in the post-Sept. 11 era. Unfolding...
  • For one fleeing Shiite family, extremist push in northern Iraq ends a way of life

    NAJAF, Iraq The mortars rained down for 12 hours, an eternity for members of the Hassan family who huddled together in a single room, the children screaming and the adults praying to die in the shelling rather than be slaughtered by the Islamic State...
  • Friends and enemies in Syria

    Friends and enemies in Syria
    A Free Syrian Army sniper sits in a shooting position. Considered more moderate and secular than other rebel factions, the Free Syrian Army would be a part of an effort proposed by the Obama administration. The proposal includes a $500 million program...
  • Obama's Iraq dilemma: Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's decision to send another 200 U.S. troops to Baghdad to secure the American Embassy and the airport there could be called a victory of reality over wishful thinking -- the notion that the Iraq crisis could be resolved...