Iraq

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Bob Costantini: John Kerry confronts threat of new war in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad today where he is urging the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency gobbles up more territory. Phil and Penny spoke […]

06/23/2014

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

(AP File Photo)

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Iraq edges toward chaos, Joe Biden is having a quiet I-told-you-so moment. In 2006, Biden was a senator from Delaware gearing up for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq […]

06/21/2014

FILE - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in midtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in New York. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the fog of diplomacy. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop […]

06/21/2014

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference, following a meeting Syria on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN chief opposes airstrikes on extremists in Iraq

NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that any possible airstrikes against Sunni extremists in Iraq could be ineffective and backfire. He is urging Iraq’s feuding communities to unite against the terrorists […]

06/20/2014

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Bob Costantini: 300 military advisers now heading to Iraq

President Obama is dispatching 300 military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He is also challenging Iraq’s embattled Prime Minister to create a more inclusive government or risk […]

06/20/2014

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Analysis: Obama plan leaves Iraq mostly on its own

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the U.S. has been clear about its intent to step back from Iraq. The restrained American military aid now being offered to defend Baghdad against a ferocious Sunni insurgency reaffirms […]

06/20/2014

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the situation in Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Iraqi government must be more inclusive (full press conference audio here)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it’s going to be hard for the current Iraqi government to resolve the country’s crisis unless the government is more inclusive. Obama stopped short of calling for Iraqi […]

06/19/2014

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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Bob Costantini talks about the Taliban’s plan for Afghanistan

As the Obama administration mulls its response to the crisis in Iraq, the situation is raising concerns about plans for Afghanistan. Some fear that the Taliban could make big gains once U-S troops are gone […]

06/19/2014

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