Iraq

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

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Bob Costantini discusses ongoing insurgency in Iraq

The al-Qaida splinter group that has overrun cities in Iraq, threatened to attack Baghdad and posted executions online has struck again. Fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria attacked a refinery about 155 […]

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

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) 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)

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving […]

06/17/2014

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John King discusses the conflicting reports from Iraq

The White House is facing some tough decisions today as Sunni insurgents push further into a province northeast of Baghdad. American troops have already been sent in to Iraq to protect the embassy, but what […]

06/17/2014

Iraqi 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)

Fighting northeast of Baghdad kills 44 detainees

BAGHDAD (AP) – Sunni insurgents pushed further into a province northeast of Baghdad, laid siege to a police station and battled pro-government Shiite militiamen in overnight clashes that left at least 44 detainees dead, Iraqi […]

06/17/2014

In this Sunday, June 15, 2014 photo, Iraqis attend Mass at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest, in al-Qoush, set in the seventh century Saint Hormoz monastery built into a hill overlooking Alqosh, a village of some 6,000 inhabitants about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Mosul, northern Iraq. (AP Photo)

Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, then returning home when the danger eased. Now they are doing it again […]

06/16/2014

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Congressman Ed Royce discusses military options for Iraq

Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early earlier this morning, compounding the troubles of Iraq’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to […]

06/16/2014

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Bob Costantini breaks down the attack situation in Iraq

The Pentagon is beefing up security at the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic offices in Baghdad. The move comes as Iraq tries to push back the advance of an al Qaeda-linked group known as ISIS […]

06/16/2014

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Kamaliya, Iraq, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo)

Insurgent threat prompts added security, reassignments at US embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON (AP) – The chaos created by the advance of an al-Qaida splinter group in Iraq has prompted the State Department to beef up security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. And State Department spokeswoman […]

06/16/2014

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