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Iranian-backed militias have moved to Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Emboldened by a call to arms by the top Shiite cleric, Iranian-backed militias have moved quickly to the center of Iraq’s political landscape, spearheading what its Shiite majority sees as a fight for survival against Sunni militants … read more

Manning says US public lied to about Iraq from the start

New York (AFP) – The detained US soldier convicted of leaking a trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks made a rare foray into public life Saturday to warn Americans they were being lied to about Iraq once more. Chelsea Manning … 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 says slows Islamist rebel advance, regains some territory

By By Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman  BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Sunni Islamist offensive threatening to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces reported regaining territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on Baghdad’s … read more

If Iraqi govt asks for help, Iran will certainly help them, Rouhani tells BBC

US President Barack Obama has said he will take several days to decide what action to take over Iraq, but that no US troops will be deployed there. Any US involvement “has to be joined by a serious and sincere … read more

Iraq’s implosion could redraw Middle East boundaries

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The capture of Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit by al Qaeda-influenced jihadis has not only redrawn the map of a country corroded by sectarian hatred. It could also redesign Middle Eastern national boundaries set nearly a century … 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