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Iraq's Long Unraveling

As militants vow to seize Baghdad, the country is facing a crisis that has been building for years.<p>When Sunni militants seized the Iraqi city of Mosul at the start of the week, instantaneously creating half a million refugees and an existential crisis for the country, it came as a surprise. The …

Iraqis Are Using Sharing App 'Whisper' To Express Their Angst Amid Social Media Blackout

The Republic of Iraq has gone to extreme measures to prevent extremist militant organization ISIS from organizing an insurgency in the country.<p>As of yesterday, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube were blocked in Iraq.<p>But we're learning that one platform has prevailed: …

Iraqi PM orders troops to make stand in Samarra; U.S. sends aircraft carrier

Iraq's leader directed his troops to make their stand against advancing Sunni militants in a flashpoint city home to a revered Shiite mosque, an order that highlights the sectarian fighting tearing the country apart.<p>Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's order came as he sought to put new fire in the …

Who is behind Isis's terrifying online propaganda operation?

The Clanging of the Swords IV sounds like the latest in a series of Hollywood action movies. It looks like one, too. A feature-length film released online a few weeks ago, Swords IV includes a slow-motion bomb sequence reminiscent of The Hurt Locker, aerial footage that nods to Zero Dark Thirty, …

Kerry assures Iraqis of U.S. support if they unite against militants

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.<p>"The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks," Kerry said after …

Baghdad: Series of explosions kills 15 people, wounds 30

Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30.<p>In the city center, a car bomb killed 10 and wounded 21. After nightfall on Sunday, another explosion hit the area, killing two and wounding five. The third went off near …

U.S. Is Sending an Aircraft Carrier to the Persian Gulf, Just in Case

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>With the security situation deteriorating in Iraq, the Pentagon announced that it would send an …

Terrifying execution images in Iraq; U.S. Embassy in Baghdad relocates some staff

The Iraqi air force struck back at the militant group ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, killing more than 200 militants, Iraqi state TV reported Monday morning. The air raids took place in Saqlawiyah, northwest of Fallujah, according to a graphic run by state TV.<p>ISIS has been ruthlessly …

Iraq steps up offensive against rebels

Iraq says it has intensified a counter-offensive against Sunni rebels who have taken control of large parts of the country.<p>The rebels, lead by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have seized one entire province and parts of three others, since they launched their offensive last week.<p>The US …

Iraq: Shi'ites take up arms to battle Sunni Muslim insurgency

Thousands of Iraqis have responded to a call by the country’s most influential Shi’ite cleric to take up arms against a Sunni Muslim insurgency.<p>Around 800 Shi’ite men left the southern city of Basra on Sunday, heading to Baghdad for training to join the Iraqi army.<p>Local religious leaders encouraged …

Iraq crisis: US sends aircraft carrier to the Gulf

US President Barack Obama says he is reviewing his military options, after ISIS-linked militants took a string of Iraqi cities last week<p>The US raised the stakes in <b>Iraq's</b> incipient civil war on Saturday by sending an aircraft carrier and two warships to the Gulf, potentially paving the way to air …

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The siege of Mosul: What's happening? Why is it significant?

For a while, Iraq faded from the collective consciousness. But what's happening there should make people sit up and take notice.<p>Extremist militants have overrun Mosul, the country's second-largest city. As many as half a million civilians have fled their homes to escape the violence, and the brazen …

A Thirty Years War In Iraq and Syria?

The capture by Sunni militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) of key areas of Mosul should be a loud wake-up call for those leaders - in the west, the east, and in between – desperately hoping all they need to do is provide governments with weapons and money, and sit back.<p>The US …

Iraq Crisis: Who are Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, World's Richest Terror Group?

The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and looted $429m, becoming the world's richest …

ISIL abduct Turkish consul staff in Mosul

Turkey has promised to retaliate if any of its citizens are harmed in Iraq, after 49 members of the Turkish consulate in Mosul were abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.<p>If our citizens are harmed in any way, they will be the subject of harsh reprisals.<p>Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign …

Iraq oil shock could kill world economic recovery, experts warn

As violence threatens Iraq's oil industry, experts fear crude at $130 per barrel would damage the global economy<p>Open warfare between the government and rebels in Iraq would pose a threat to the global economic recovery should oil production from the war-torn Middle East state suffer a serious …

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Iraq needs reconciliation, not weapons, to defeat ISIS | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW | 11.06.2014

Facing perhaps the greatest security challenge in Iraq since the US troop withdrawal in 2011, Washington has promised Baghdad additional assistance …

Islamic gunmen push into Iraq's Sunni heartland

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq's Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein's hometown of …

Iraq crisis: the West now faces a world beyond known extremes

As a psychotic Sunni jihadist state establishes itself on the border of Turkey, it is clear America is losing control of the Middle East<p>Events in northern <b>Iraq</b> are a fearsome demonstration of what has become ever clearer over the last three years: America is losing control of the Middle East.<p>A …

Iraq crisis Q & A: Who or what is ISIS? Is it part of al-Qaeda?

As jihadists sweep across northern Iraq, Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, asks what ISIS is, who is its leader and how it has become so dominant<p><b>Q. Who or what is ISIS? Is it part of al-Qaeda?</b><p>Last year, the al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq, which called itself Islamic State of Iraq, announced it …

4 Key Things To Know About The Islamist Surge In Iraq

The extremist Islamist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shocked the world this week by conquering the northern city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities and home to some 2 million people.<p>ISIS is also a key player in the Syrian civil war, fighting both the regime of Syrian …

Sunni militants vow to march on Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic militants who seized cities and towns vowed Thursday to march on Baghdad to settle old scores, joined by Saddam Hussein-era …

Iran vows to combat 'terrorism' in Iraq

Predominantly Shia Muslim Iran will combat the "violence and terrorism" of Sunni armed groups who have launched an anti-government offensive in neighbouring Iraq, President Hassan Rouhani has warned.<p>"This is an extremist, terrorist group that is acting savagely," Rouhani said live on state …

ISIS Militants Rampage Across Iraq: What You Need to Know

The Islamist militants advancing toward Baghdad have Iraqi and Western officials scrambling to avert a broader crisis.<p>While the seizure of Iraq’s key cities of Mosul and Tikrit has catapulted the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – onto the world’s radar, the Sunni group has been around for …

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How Iraq's crisis is affecting the region

The capture of Mosul and Tikrit by fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have sent shockwaves across the Middle East, fuelling concerns about the growing strength of al-Qaida and other extremist groups that have already changed the contours of the war in Syria. These …

Obama ponders as Iran sends troops to Iraq

As the most brutal jihadist group in the world storms Iraq's Sunni north threatening to crucify rule breakers Obama takes stock of the situation as Iran reportedly mobilises its forces into the country<p>Barack Obama was under mounting pressure to send military help to Iraq as Iranian forces were …

Iraq crisis: al-Qaeda inspired forces battle Kurdish fighters on the frontline of a new war

Dispatch: Islamist militants are battling Peshmerga fighters for control of oil fields and the key city of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq<p>Standing in freshly dug trenches, the Kurdish fighters trained their guns on the scrubland horizon, where a plume of black smoke rose into the blue sky.<p>To their right, …

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U.S. Contractors Are Evacuating Iraq Amid Growing Turmoil

Reuters<p>U.S. Geological Survey/Reuters<p>AP<p>Ahmad Mousa—Reuters<p>Mohammed Sawaf—AFP/Getty Images<p>Ako Rasheed—Reuters<p>Nabil Al-Jurani—AP<p>AP<p>Alaa …

ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic state?

The face of a balding, middle-aged man stares unsmilingly into the camera. He is dressed in a suit and tie and could pass for a midlevel bureaucrat.<p>But the photograph is that of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who has transformed a few terror cells harried to the verge of extinction into the most dangerous …

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

CAIRO (AP) — The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major …