| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The Shiite militia commander, slight of build and decked out in green fatigues, views the checkpoint that he oversees as much more than an isolated outpost amid the endless palm groves of the Tigris River valley.
"We are the forward defensive line for...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The men play dominoes with a gusto that transforms the game into a virtual contact sport, lifting the pieces high in the air before smacking them down in a percussive staccato that provides a back beat to the buzz of their conversations.
| Jun 21, 2014
| 3:33 PM
AMMAN - Syrian jets bombed rebel-held eastern areas close to the Iraq border Saturday after Sunni fighters seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier.
Five raids killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more when bombs hit residential areas in...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:02 PM
Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Kurdish forces took advantage of the...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 7:07 PM
Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. assistance to Iraq, which is seeking to repel a stunning militant advance, would only work if Iraqi leaders overcame deep divisions, the State Department said on Saturday.
Kerry spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister ...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:39 PM
Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk earlier Thursday, after government troops abandoned their posts in the face of a triumphant Sunni Islamist rebel march towards Baghdad that threatens Iraq's future as a unified state....
| Jun 11, 2014
| 9:25 PM
The White House signaled on Wednesday that it was looking to strengthen Iraqi forces to help them deal with an insurgency rather than to meet what one U.S. official said were past Iraqi requests for U.S. air strikes.
An Obama administration official who...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 4:41 AM
The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has brought accusations of war crimes.
Militants from the...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:27 AM
As Iraq tilts ever closer to abject chaos and civil war, the world’s attention naturally focuses on military actions, and on what steps the U.S. might take in a war it had hoped was over and done with. But it’s crucial to watch civilian...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad on Friday, aiming to strike back at Sunni Islamists whose drive toward the capital prompted the United States to send military advisers to stiffen government resistance. Iraq's senior Shi'ite religious cleric...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:28 AM
The U.S. is deploying up to 275 military personnel to Iraq as support and security for U.S. interests as militants seize control of the north of the country.
President Obama made the announcement in a letter to lawmakers Monday. He said the forces...