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US Army soldier participant clears a hurdle as part of Combat Readiness Test, Fort Jackson Army Base, Columbia, South Carolina

US sending 300 more US troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday. […]

06/30/2014

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Pentagon: Armed drones flying over Baghdad in the last 24 hours

The U.S. military is stepping up its presence in Iraq. Armed drones have begun flying over Baghdad in the last 24 hours. Phil and Penny talked about this developing story with NBC News Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim […]

06/27/2014

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Bob Costantini: al-Maliki resistant to form new government in Iraq

Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad. Phil and Penny discussed the details concerning Iraq with NBC’s Bob Costantini:  

06/25/2014

In this photo taken Saturday, June 21, 2014, militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) patrol in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, officials said Sunday, in what is shaping up to be a major offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions. (AP Photo)

Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants on Sunday captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials said, as they pressed on with their offensive in […]

06/22/2014

Soldiers jumping out of aircraft. (Photo credit: GoArmy . com)

US likely to send teams of Green Berets to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Obama administration is poised to announce it will send about 100 Army special forces members, divided into teams of about a dozen each, to advise and assist […]

06/19/2014

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Sagar Meghani reports militants in Iraq gaining ground

The Islamist militants in Iraq continue to make gains in battles with security forces and vow to continue on to Baghdad. Iraq is asking the U.S. for air support, but will we answer that call? […]

06/19/2014

File - In this Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 file photo, an oil refinery is seen in the city of Beiji, home to Iraq's largest oil refinery. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Iraq fights militants around oil refinery

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country’s main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian border Wednesday, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by […]

06/18/2014

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BREAKING: Iraq formally has asked for air strikes from the United States

Iraq has formally called on the United States to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities and have launched an attack on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery north of Baghdad. Penny […]

06/18/2014

Iraqi men flash victory signs as they leave the main recruiting center to join the Iraqi army in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Hundreds of young Iraqi men gripped by religious and nationalistic fervor streamed into volunteer centers across Baghdad Saturday, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight against Sunni militants advancing in the north. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Signs of reprisal killings emerge in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nearly four dozen Sunni detainees were gunned down at a jail north of Baghdad, a car bomb struck a Shiite neighborhood of the capital and four young Sunnis were found slain, as […]

06/17/2014

Iraqi federal policemen watch as Shiite tribal fighters deploy with their weapons in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

More US troops to Iraq; special forces considered

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even […]

06/17/2014

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