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Suspected Western Jihadists In ‘Evil’ IS Beheading Video

Obama calls the beheading of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig “an act of pure evil”.

November 17, 2014

ISIS: Republican Reaction To Obama Speech Reveals Much — About Them

Within minutes after President Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy ISIS, the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a “residual force” in Iraq, complained Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and he is to blame for ISIS advances. He […]

September 11, 2014

Haider Al Abadi Named To Replace Maliki As Troops Take To Baghdad’s Streets

By Adam Ashton, McClatchy Washington Bureau BAGHDAD — Iraq’s political crisis deepened Monday, with Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki entrenching himself in the capital’s International Zone while the coalition his political party belongs nominated a rival to succeed him as head of the government. The country’s highest court reportedly ruled against a demand by Maliki […]

August 11, 2014

U.N. Warns Of ‘Tragedy’ As Militants Seize Iraqi Towns

By Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times The U.N. is warning of a humanitarian “tragedy” in Iraq as thousands flee advances by Islamist militants. The United Nations is warning of a humanitarian “tragedy,” saying hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing the latest advances by Islamist militants in northern Iraq. In recent days, fighters of […]

August 4, 2014

Proud Sunni Neighborhood Writhes Under Iraq’s Shiite Security Forces

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — He fought alongside U.S. troops battling Al Qaeda militants on the streets of Adhamiya, one of Baghdad’s most treacherous districts during the long American-led occupation. Now he is ready to take up arms against the Iraqi government that he once fought to preserve. “We are prepared […]

July 21, 2014

Sunnis And Kurds Walk Out Of Iraq Parliament Session

BAGHDAD — Hopes that Iraqi lawmakers could swiftly agree on new political leadership and halt a slide back into civil war were set back Tuesday when the first parliamentary session ended in an impasse after less than two hours. Sunni Muslim and Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the chaotic session, the first since April elections, […]

July 1, 2014

Amid Iraq Unrest, Idea Of Three Autonomous Enclaves Gains Traction

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As Islamic militants have advanced farther into Iraq’s heartland, the Obama administration has tried to avert all-out civil war by urging the Shiite Muslim-led government to share more power with alienated Sunni and Kurdish minorities. But if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to resist a political […]

July 1, 2014

Islamic Militants Advance Toward Baghdad; Iran Vows To Aid Iraq

By Nabih Bulos and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times IRBIL, Iraq — Islamic militants took control of two more cities in northeastern Iraq on Friday, prompting a senior cleric in the violence-plagued country to call on Shiite Muslim followers to take up arms against the invaders. Fighters from the resurgent al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State […]

June 13, 2014

Top Shiite Cleric Urges Iraqis To Fight Advancing Militants

Baghdad (AFP) – Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqis Friday to take up arms against Sunni extremists marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the the capital’s defenses. Sistani’s call to defend the country against the offensive spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) came […]

June 13, 2014

Islamist Fighters Capture Saddam Hussein’s Hometown, Move On Key Oil Refinery

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff ISTANBUL — Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday pushed their offensive south into Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland, capturing key crossroad towns on the highway to the capital, Baghdad, and threatening a critical oil refinery. As hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fled their homes for the […]

June 11, 2014