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Besieged Iraqi Refinery at Baiji 'Could Fall' to ISIS: U.S. Officials

Hours after Sunni militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery Wednesday, U.S. officials told NBC News that the facility “could fall under ISIS control.”<p>The refinery complex outside the city of Baiji, about 130 miles north of Baghdad, would be a key prize for militants from the Islamic State of …

Iraq crisis: President Obama can 'bypass Congress'

<b>US President Barack Obama has told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says.</b><p>Senator Mitch McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress.<p>Iraq has asked for US air strikes against …

More US bombs and drones will only escalate Iraq's horror

Nothing has exposed the delusionary disaster of the war on terror like the past week's eruption of its mutant progeny across Iraq. David Cameron declared today that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, rejected as too extreme and sectarian by al-Qaida itself, is now the most serious threat …

Isis breach of Iraq-Syria border merges two wars into one 'nightmarish reality'

Under a burning sun, fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) sang and waved their automatic weapons and black jihadi flags as they celebrated breaching the lonely desert frontier between Iraq and Syria.<p>To the soundtrack of a haunting Quranic chant, they watched as a bulldozer …

Iraq, Syria and the rise of the Islamic militants

Simon Jenkins (Further intervention in Iraq? The very idea beggars belief, 18 June) refers to the idea that "Syria's Bashar al-Assad was a vicious war criminal, though perhaps for the time being he is a force for stability and order". This is emerging as a widespread theme among western foreign …