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  • Iraq's Shiites fight for their shrines and their creed

    One by one the young volunteers approached the majestic Kadhimiya shrine, the holiest site of Shiite Islam in the Iraqi capital. They sought blessings before heading off to war and uncertain fates. "We will fight, and if we have to give our lives, we...
  • Iraqi, Syrian insurgents declare a caliphate

    IRBIL, Iraq The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday the establishment of the Muslim caliphate and declared that its leader is Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the current head of ISIS. The declaration made official what many observers had expected, a...
  • Islamist fighters reportedly attempting to encircle Baghdad

    IRBIL, Iraq Iraq's dire situation has gone from bad dream to nightmare in two weeks of fighting that have seen Sunni Muslim gunmen assert control over a growing area, including, Kurdish officials said Tuesday, at least two towns that lie on a crucial...
  • Iraq's feuding politicians storm out of Parliament's first session

    IRBIL, Iraq Hopes that Iraqi politicians would rapidly form a new government to help counter the advance of Islamist gunmen and win U.S. help were dashed on Tuesday after Sunni Muslim and Kurdish members of the Iraqi Parliament walked out of what was to...
  • With ISIS surging in Iraq, Europe fears rise in 'jihadi-tourists'

    BERLIN After being injured fighting the Syrian government, 31-year-old Mohannad reached his home in Frankfurt, Germany, with a simple plan: rest, recuperate, then rejoin the fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. As related in German newspaper...
  • Last of Syria's declared chemical weapons removed from country, group confirms

    BERLIN The last known components of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal steamed away from that war-torn nation Monday. While their removal came a bit behind schedule, it was hailed by experts as a major milestone that makes the world a safer place. The...
  • Iraqi commandos and Shiite militias battling to retake Tikrit

    IRBIL, Iraq Iraqi army commandos and Iranian-trained Shiite Muslim militias pressed their first significant counteroffensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Friday, battling Sunni insurgents in rebel-held Tikrit after a dramatic...
  • Iraqi insurgents capture more towns; Maliki government downplays rebel successes

    IRBIL, Iraq Iraqi rebels seized four critical towns in the western province of Anbar overnight Saturday and Sunday, taking control of the last major border crossing to Syria still in government hands and opening a path for the rebels through the Euphrates...
  • How 2 shadowy ISIS commanders designed their Iraq campaign

    IRBIL, Iraq The attack in Mosul wasn't particularly surprising, according to Wameed, an Iraqi soldier who'd been assigned to the city's main highway that night. It began June 9 with suicide bombers in cars and machine gun fire directed at checkpoints...
  • ISIS' victories may win it recruits from rival Syrian rebel groups

    IRBIL, Iraq When the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria swept aside Iraqi security forces in just two days of fighting to seize control of much of northern and central Iraq, it appears they also took control of the initiative in their fight...
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country....