Iraq

In this Sunday, July 20, 2014 photo, newly-arrived displaced Christians wait for relief aid at a church in the town of Hamadaniya, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi Christians have been fleeing from the northern city of Mosul in the wake of threats from Islamic State militants who took the city in a blitz offensive last month. The militants imposed a deadline Saturday for Christians to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.  (AP Photo)

Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind […]

07/22/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said […]

07/11/2014

This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. A video posted online Saturday purports to show the leader of the Islamic State extremist group that has overrun much of Syria and Iraq delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq, in what would be a rare - if not the first - public appearance by the shadowy militant. (AP Photo/Militant video)

Video purportedly shows extremist leader in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria has made what would be his […]

07/05/2014

In this Sunday, June 29, 2014 photo an Iraqi refugee leaves his hometown Mosul, walking towards Irbil, on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq has formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state, demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide in a move that could further strain relations with other militant groups. (AP Photo)

UN: More than 2,400 killed in Iraq in June

BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence has claimed the lives of 2,417 Iraqis in June, making it the deadliest month so far this year, the United Nations said on Tuesday, underlining the daunting challenge the government faces […]

07/01/2014

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

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo USMC Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun prepares himself as he waits to make a statement to a large crowd of media outside the gates to USMC Base Quantico, Va. Nearly 10 years ago Hassoun was declared a deserter after allegedly faking his own kidnapping in Iraq, then reappeared and was to face charges. But he disappeared again in 2005, has now turned himself in to U.S. authorities, and is being flown to the U.S. Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Dylan Moore, File)

Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back […]

06/29/2014

FILE -This July 17, 2008 file photo shows Mark Bigham, director of business development for US Raytheon Tactical Intelligence Systems, pointing to downtown Baghdad, Iraq, on a screen of the newly-unveiled control system for unmanned drones at the Farnborough aerospace show, in Farnborough, England. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Pentagon: Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq’s deteriorating security, the Pentagon said Friday. The military for more than a week has […]

06/27/2014

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

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

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, an Iraqi woman living in Iran holds a poster of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, in a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and to support Ayatollah al-Sistani, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iraq’s top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to […]

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

Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, right, listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the presidential palace in Irbil, Iraq, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Kerry arrived in Iraq's Kurdish region in a US diplomatic drive aimed at preventing the country from splitting apart in the face of militants pushing towards Baghdad. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kurdish leader cites ‘new reality’ in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as the country considers new leadership for its Shiite-led government as […]

06/24/2014

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009 file photo, an Iraqi worker operates valves at the Rumaila oil refinery near the city of Basra, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. The turmoil in Iraq has thrown the OPEC member’s ambitious plans to boost oil production into doubt, threatening to crimp its most vital economic lifeline. Northern oil fields imperiled by the militants’ advance have been shut down, and companies have begun evacuating workers elsewhere in the country. Iraq’s Kurdish minority has moved to solidify control over the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas, weakening Baghdad’s claims to the energy riches buried beneath while bolstering the Kurds’ aspirations of greater autonomy. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraq upheaval threatens oil development plans

BAGHDAD (AP) — The turmoil in Iraq has thrown the OPEC member’s ambitious plans to boost oil production into doubt, threatening to crimp its most vital economic lifeline. Northern oil fields imperiled by the militants’ […]

06/23/2014

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