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  • Iraqi army presses Tikrit assault as lawmakers scramble to fill posts

    Iraqi army presses Tikrit assault as lawmakers scramble to fill posts
    Iraq's army sent tanks and armored vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq. The hardline Sunni group leading the...
  • Obama asks Congress for $500 million to train Syria rebels

    President Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian opposition force says no to leadership shake-up

    U.S.-backed Syrian opposition force says no to leadership shake-up
    The major U.S.-backed Syrian opposition coalition has voided its prime minister’s decision to disband the group’s military command structure and fire its top general. The reversal reflects the deep divisions, clashing rivalries and...
  • Abu Bakr Baghdadi's reach shows power of regional militant groups

     Abu Bakr Baghdadi's reach shows power of regional militant groups
    He is regarded as one of the most powerful militants in the world, a former Islamist preacher who evolved into a global jihad warrior now threatening to rewrite the map of the Middle East. Yet Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground team has Syrian chemical weapons, ready to begin destruction

    Aberdeen Proving Ground team has Syrian chemical weapons, ready to begin destruction
    — After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. The work is to take place aboard a container ship...
  • Iraqi Kurds signal intent to hold independence referendum

    Iraqi Kurds signal intent to hold independence referendum
    The leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region called on lawmakers Thursday to prepare an independence referendum, a move that threatens to lead to the breakup of Iraq. Kurdistan, where most of Iraq's 5 million Kurds live in an oasis of stability ...
  • Syrian President Bashar Assad declares general amnesty for prisoners

    Syrian President Bashar Assad declares general amnesty for prisoners
    Syrian President Bashar Assad, who won reelection last week amid the country's three-year civil war, issued a general amnesty for prisoners Monday. The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the wide-ranging edict included the commuting of death...
  • Kurds see historic opportunity in northern Iraq

    The fighter leaned on the wall of the prefabricated hut, enjoying a rare moment of respite from the afternoon sun beating down on this drab forward outpost. Although the concrete barriers around him bore depictions of the Iraqi flag and the signs...
  • Bush's recklessness, Obama's fecklessness leave U.S. looking weak as Iraq crumbles [Commentary]

    Bush's recklessness, Obama's fecklessness leave U.S. looking weak as Iraq crumbles [Commentary]
    Less than three years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the black flag of an al-Qaida inspired terrorist group flies above several Iraqi cities. The Iraqi army, despite years of training by the United States, has disintegrated and abandoned...
  • Iraq could unravel at the seams

    Iraq could unravel at the seams
    Cue the partisan finger-pointing on Iraq: The left will say the unfolding disaster in Iraq is George W. Bush's fault. The right will blame President Barack Obama. Who's correct? A storm of religious fanaticism, sectarian fury and terrorist brutality has...
  • Boko Haram, ISIL, AQAP: The morphing terror threat abroad

    Boko Haram, ISIL, AQAP: The morphing terror threat abroad
    In Iraq, an al Qaeda splinter group is threatening Baghdad after seizing control of two cities. In Pakistan, the Taliban attacked a major airport twice in one week. And in Nigeria, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram was blamed for another mass...