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Obama doubles troop deployment to Iraq

President Barack Obama is doubling the number of U.S. troops deployed to Iraq to train local forces to fight the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon said Friday.<p>The roughly 1,500 additional troops will be in a “non-combat role,” the Pentagon said, and engaged in a …

Islamic State militants again massacre fellow Sunnis in Iraq

By all accounts, the killings have been summary, brutal and public: At least 200 members of a western Iraqi tribe that has defied the militants of Islamic State have been lined up and shot dead in recent days, including dozens whose executions came to light Sunday.<p>The victims of the spasm of …

Public executions and mass graves: ISIS targets Sunni tribe in Iraq

They were taken from their homes, some pulled from their beds, in the middle of the night.<p>They were fathers, brothers and sons, members of the U.S.-allied Albu Nimr tribe -- the Sunni clan considered among the last holdouts against ISIS in Iraq's western desert.<p>About 50 members of the tribe were …

Four killed as Saudi Arabia hunts gunmen who attacked Shi'ites | Reuters

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi security forces on Tuesday shot dead two suspected members of an armed group that killed at least eight people in an overnight attack on Shi’ite Muslims marking an important religious anniversary, the Interior Ministry reported.<p>Two security officers also died and two …