Tag Archives: US Army

Sunni Militants attacked one of Iraq’s largest air bases

(Reuters) – Militants attacked one of Iraq’s largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as U.S. military experts arrived to set up an operations centre to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. … read more

In Iraq, former militia program eyed for new fight

BAGHDAD (AP) — They were known as the Sahwa, or the Awakening Councils — Sunni militiamen who took extraordinary risks to side with U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the Iraq War. Once heralded as a pivotal step … read more

U.S. forces flow into Baghdad to assess Iraq troops

The Pentagon says nearly half of the roughly 300 advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad, and have begun to assess the Iraqi forces and the fight against Sunni militants. Another four teams … read more

US special forces face complex challenge in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni … read more

The US aims to bring its own blind followers to power in Iraq : Iran

ANBAR Iraq (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader accused the United States on Sunday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove towards Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s … read more

Kerry presses Maliki as Iraq loses control of Syrian, Jordanian borders

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad’s forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government … read more

South Korea captures soldier accused of killing 5

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An armed South Korean soldier holed up in a forest two days after killing five colleagues was captured Monday following a suicide attempt as his family pleaded with him to surrender, the Defense Ministry said. … 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, Syria conflicts merge, feed off each other

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar Assad crush the Sunni-led uprising against him are returning home, putting a strain on the overstretched … read more