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Iraqi and Kurdish forces try to recapture Islamic State-held towns

Government troops and Kurdish peshmerga forces attempt to reclaim two northern towns from Islamic State militants<p><b>Iraqi</b> government forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters attempted on Friday to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources said.<p>The Kurdish forces, …

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks …

U.S. Weighs Military Action Against ISIS in Syria

The U.S. is open to the possibility of military action against Islamist militants in Syria, a top Obama Administration official said Friday, warning …

Dempsey: Defeating Islamic State requires strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON — Defeating Islamic State militants will require elimination of their havens in Syria, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told USA TODAY in a recent interview.<p>Rear Adm. John Kirby declined to comment Friday on whether the Pentagon was planning strikes in …

Young Kurds From Turkey Flock To Iraq And Syria To Fight

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- Sixteen years ago, Erzihan said goodbye to her daughter. The quiet and somber Kurdish mother remembers it like it was yesterday.<p>“The police came to my house,” she says, sitting in a park in this Kurdish city in southeast Turkey. “And they took my child.”<p>Her daughter, then 20 …

Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq a day after mosque shooting | Reuters

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict.<p>A bomb also exploded in the northern city of Arbil on Saturday, a rare attack unsettling the relative stability …

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Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.<p>In his Sunni family's …

The UN Strikes Back at ISIL's Black Economy

<i>ISIS Controlled Territories in Iraq and Syria.</i><p>The United Nation Security Council dramatically escalated the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Al Nusra Front (JNF) and other al Qaeda splinter groups by passing UN Resolution 2170 in August 2014, thereby expanding the range of …

Unfamiliar Territory: Inside Ferguson's Patchwork Police Force

FERGUSON, Missouri — If there is one iconic image out of Ferguson, it is that of tear-gas wielding officers in helmets standing face-to-face with …

Unions Split, Take Sides After Ferguson

While the progressive movement rallies around Michael Brown, some service unions and police unions are dividing.<p>WASHINGTON — This weekend, local organized labor will rally in support of Michael Brown — and local organized labor will keep working in support of the police and Darren Wilson, the man …

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented …

Barack Obama warns of 'dangerous escalation' in Ukraine

US President and Angela Merkel said the conflict 'has continued to deteriorate' since Malaysian airliner was downed by pro-Russian rebels<p>President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have warned that Russia was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in Ukraine due to its …