Iraq

President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congress on board with Obama’s Iraq plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the […]

08/13/2014

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Bob Costantini: US may start air evacuations in Iraq

Another 130 US troops arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon describes as a mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain. NBC’s Bob […]

08/13/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Sayyed Amar Al-Hakim, head of Supreme Islamic Council, during a meeting in Baghdad, Monday, June 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Officials: US to send 130 more advisers to Iraq

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants, officials said Tuesday. The move shows the Obama administration is […]

08/12/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second from right, along with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, addresses the start of the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) talks at Admiralty House in Sydney, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Himbrechts, Pool)

US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

  SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq’s new leaders on Tuesday to work quickly to form an inclusive government and said the U.S. is prepared to offer significant additional aid […]

08/12/2014

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Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

The Pentagon says the U.S. has now delivered more than 85,000 meals and more than 20,000 gallons of fresh drinking water to tens of thousands of members of a religious minority seeking shelter on a […]

08/12/2014

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Bob Costantini: Maliki tells army to keep out of politics

U-S air strikes continue over Northern Iraq, as do air drops of food and water for refugees trapped on a mountaintop by Islamic militants. The fight against the Islamic State rages as a political battle […]

08/12/2014

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 sends food, water, other aid to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is delivering food, water and aid teams to try to help tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in Iraq in the fresh wave of […]

08/12/2014

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

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