Iraq

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter prepares his weapon at his combat position near the Mosul Dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Aug 17, 2014. Kurdish forces took over parts of the largest dam in Iraq on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified […]

08/17/2014

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border outside Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Islamic extremists shot 80 Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses reported Saturday. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an […]

08/16/2014

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 — a move that could end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iraq’s al-Maliki steps down, backs rival for PM

BAGHDAD (AP) – The decision by Iraq’s embattled Nouri al-Maliki to step down as prime minister revived hopes on Friday for the formation of a new government that could take on a growing insurgency by […]

08/15/2014

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iraq’s al-Maliki gives up post to rival

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister for the past eight years, says he is relinquishing the post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider al-Abadi. Al-Maliki says his decision is based on his desire to […]

08/14/2014

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. about developments in Iraq and the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. Obama is vacationing on the island for about two weeks. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday the humanitarian crisis atop a barren hill in northern Iraq is over, eliminating the need for a risky U.S. rescue mission. But Iraqis elsewhere face a “dire” […]

08/14/2014

U.S. and Kurdish flags flutter in the wind while displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border at Feeshkhabour bridge over the Tigris River at Feeshkhabour border point, in northern Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Kurdish authorities at the border believe some 45,000 Yazidis passed the river crossing in the past week and  thousands more are still stranded in the mountains. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

US: More airdrops on mountain may be unnecessary

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon sees little if any need to airdrop more food and water to Iraqis atop Sinjar Mountain because most of the stranded have left and the remainder are in less dire […]

08/14/2014

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Bob Costantini: Far fewer Iraqi refugees now on Sinjar Mt

U-S air strikes continue in Northern Iraq, and there was another air drop of humanitarian aid overnight to help refugees trapped on top of Sinjar Mountain, but the pentagon says it is far less likely […]

08/14/2014

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for food at the Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

  BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been […]

08/13/2014

President Barack Obama waves as he leaves a cafe on Martha's Vineyard, MA.  on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a […]

08/13/2014

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Iraq PM warns of more turmoil if replaced

As thousands of displaced Iraqi’s are threatened by militants from the group Islamic State, the US is sending more troops to Iraq. Phil and Penny talked with AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani from the […]

08/13/2014

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