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Militants post images of mass killing in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the Iraqi government bolstered Baghdad’s defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers. The pictures on … read more

US ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and … read more

Iraq’s senior Shi’ite cleric issues call to fight Sunni militants

Baghdad, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq’s most senior Shi’ite cleric urged his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against a relentless advance by Sunni militants, in a sharp escalation of a conflict which is threatening civil war and the … read more

Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki gov`t in paralysis after militants’ blitz

The Shiite-led government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remained in paralysis Friday, unable to form a coherent response after al-Qaida-inspired militants blitzed and captured entire chunks of the nation’s Sunni heartland this week, including major cities, towns, military and … read more

Hundreds of Iraqis flee Islamic militant advance

KALAK, Iraq (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqi men, women and children crammed into vehicles have fled their homes, fearing clashes, kidnapping and rape after Islamic militants seized large swaths of northern Iraq. The families and fleeing soldiers who arrived Thursday … read more

Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of major oil city of Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurdish forces take Kirkuk as Isis sets its sights on Baghdad Major oil city is controlled by peshmerga fighters after central government’s army abandons posts in a rapid collaps Fazel Hawramy in Kirkuk and Peter Beaumont  theguardian.com, The crisis … read more

The Iraqi army leaves Iraq-Syria border west of Anbar,

  While the United States vowed support to Iraqi leaders on Wednesday, as they combat a militant offensive that has seized a large swathe of northern and north-central Iraq, the White House suggested air strikes were not at the top … read more

United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq to help slow a violent insurgent march that is threatening to take over the nation’s north, officials said Wednesday. But the Obama administration offered only tepid … read more

Iraq : The rising star of new global jihad

By By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and … read more

Sunni insurgents close in on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery

TIKRIT Iraq (Reuters) – Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group closed in on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery on Wednesday after seizing the northern city of Mosul in a devastating show of strength against the Shi’ite-led government. Security sources … read more