Tag Archives: Baghdad

Kerry Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes … read more

Sunni militants seize three towns in Iraq’s Anbar

ANBAR Iraq (Reuters) – Sunni insurgents led by al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured three towns in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Sunday, witnesses and security sources said. “Army troops withdrew from … read more

Iraq crisis: Shia militia show of force raises tensions

Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has rallied followers for a military parade across Iraq, as Jim Muir reports Thousands of Shia militia loyal to the powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have paraded through the streets of Baghdad, raising sectarian tensions amid continued … read more

Republican leader: Obama may act on own in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate’s top Republican and congressional aides said after … read more

Iraq asks USA for air support to counter Sunni rebels

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi’ite-led government’s army. … read more

40 Indians kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Foreign Ministry says 40 Indian citizens working for a Turkish construction company near the Iraqi town of Mosul have been kidnapped. Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin confirmed the kidnapping on Wednesday. He said the government has … read more

Islamist-led militants now controlled 75% of the Baiji refinery,

BBC : Islamist-led militants have invaded Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, after pounding it with mortars and machine guns from two directions. 40 Indian construction workers kidnapped in violence-hit Iraqi city of Mosul, ministry of external affairs confirms An official quoted … read more

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 Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or … read more