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Moderate Kurdish Politician Named Iraq's New President

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq's new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of...

UN: Islamic State Militants Order Female Genital Mutilation In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

GENEVA, July 24 (Reuters) - Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo fema...

Islamic State Selling Iraqi Oil To Finance 'Caliphate'

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, July 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq ...

Why Triumphant Jihadis In Iraq Will Help Assad Crush Opposition In Aleppo

Noah Bonsey | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Noah Bonsey

The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State (ISIS), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIS stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's largest city prior to the war. Regime forces there are on the verge of encircling opposition militants. Their success in doing so would benefit ISIS as much as it would Bashar al-Assad, throttling the more moderate rebel enemy both share.

Violence Killed More Than 5,500 Civilians In Iraq This Year: UN

AP | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, the U.N. said Friday in a new report tha...

Video Claims To Show Shadowy ISIS Leader Giving Public Sermon

AP | RYAN LUCAS and DIAA HADID | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

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 an...

Iraq Army Recaptures Saddam's Birthplace From ISIS Militants

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

By Isra'a al-Rubei'i and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD, July 4 (Reuters) - The Iraqi army retook Saddam Hussein's home village overnig...

Iraq's Prime Minister Says He Won't Step Down

AP | By RYAN LUCAS and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki vowed Friday not to abandon his bid for another term as prime ministe...

Iraqi Kurdish President: Time To Plan Independence Referendum

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, July 3 (Reuters) - The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament on Thursd...

Iraq's Top Cleric Steps Up Pressure For Political Deal

AP | RYAN LUCAS and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric ratcheted up the pressure Friday on lawmakers to agree on a prime minister before the newly elected parliame...

Iraqi Police Accused Of Mass Prisoner Executions

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Oliver Holmes BAGHDAD, June 27 (Reuters) - It was supposed to be a routine job, police say. Move 69 pris...

A 'Whistleblower' Says Everything You Think You Know About ISIS Is Wrong

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

Six months ago, as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) sowed chaos and terror in Syria's civil war, an anonymous Twitter user posted a tantal...

Militants Attack Iraqi Air Base, Overrun Oil Site

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, June 25 (Reuters) - Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small ...

Insurgents In Iraq Make Major Gain

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

By Lesley Wroughton and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, June 23 (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised "intense and susta...

Thousands Of Iraqi Fighters Abandon Assad For Battles At Home

AP | ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Ba...

Iraq Calls On U.S. To Launch Air Strikes Against Militants

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

By Ghazwan Hassan and Phil Stewart BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - Iraq has asked the United States for air support in counte...

40 Indian Construction Workers Kidnapped In Iraq

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Forty Indian citizens working for a Turkish construction company near the Iraqi town of Mosul have been kidnapped, India's Foreign ...

Iraq Militants Push Battle Closer To Baghdad

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Sunni insurgents pushed further into a province northeast of Baghdad, laid siege to a police station and battled pro-government Shiite...

Iraqi Christians Flee Homes In Brutal Conflict

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion

ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, ...

Iraqi Military Says It Has Slowed Rebels' Advance

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, June 14 (Reuters) - An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to ...

'Mission Accomplished' Reversed: Iraq Is the New Afghanistan

Clemens Wergin | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Clemens Wergin

The country has become the new Afghanistan -- a center of attraction and a training ground for the next generation of jihadist fighters who will be able to make use elsewhere of the fighting experience they get there. And now the same thing has happened in Iraq. ISIS cleverly used the porous borders with Syria to draw jihadists initially recruited for Syria into the neighboring country. ISIS can thus create the reign it so desires over an extensive territory comprising parts of Syria and northern Iraq. Since the Americans destroyed the Afghan symbiosis between al-Qaeda and the Taliban, no terror group has achieved anything like this. And it will draw more Islamist radicals from around the world who will either join ISIS or donate money. From that point of view, the Mosul victory was a successful PR coup.

The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

Juan Cole | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Juan Cole

The Fall of Mosul is an indictment of the Bush Administration and, before that, the British Empire. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki can only get Iraq back by allying with nationalist Sunnis in the north. Otherwise, for him to simply brutally occupy the city with Shiite troops and artillery and aerial bombings, will make him look like his neighbor, Bashar al-Assad.

Iraqi Militants Storm University, Take Students Hostage

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.07.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants stormed a university filled with hundreds of students in Iraq's restive Anbar province Saturday, briefly taking students ho...

This Country Is Accused Of Barrel Bombing Civilians And No, It's Not Syria

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Iraq's government is dropping barrel bombs and may also be targeting a hospital in its battle with militants in the conflict-hit city of Fallujah, Hum...

Report: Iraqi Forces, Images Reveal Atrocities In New Fighting

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2014 | World

By Ned Parker, Ahmed Rasheed and Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD, March 20 (Reuters) - The video shows a male corpse lying in the dirt, one en...