Ronald M Archer

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Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq

Russia may not have boots on the ground in Iraq—yet. But it will have them in the sky; Russian pilots could be flying over Iraq within days.<p>While the …

That ISIS Five Year Expansion Plan Map Is Fake

ABC News has published a map that shows ISIS' alleged 5-year expansion plan.<p>The map shows a possible future caliphate based upon previously held Islamic territory throughout history. The map seems to confirm everyone's worst fears of a new global jihad inspired by ISIS.<p>Except, according to Tim …

Photo analysis shows Iraqi warplanes likely sent from Iran

Iraq appears to be getting some help with its war on ISIS, in the form of some familiar planes from an old nemesis.<p>Warplanes recently delivered to Baghdad are most likely from Iran, and many are believed to be Iraqi jets flown into Iran during the first Gulf War by pilots seeking refuge from …

Iraq to split in three: So why not?

Iraq is tearing itself apart. Its government has lost control of large parts of the country; intercommunal violence is rife and al Qaeda is resurgent. A description not of 2014 but 2006 -- and a situation that led Joseph R. Biden, then a U.S. Senator and now Vice President, to argue that it was …

Iran and Iraq: Ancient rivalry in 90 seconds

Regional powers have jockeyed for supremacy in the Middle East for thousands of years. Empires have risen and fallen and wars have been fought.<p>As Isis jihadists challenge Iraq's pro-Iran government and Tehran's role in Iraq comes sharply into focus, we look back at hundreds of years of Middle …

Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday following fighting between rival Sunni insurgents that could eventually unravel a coalition which has seized much of northern and western Iraq.<p>The incident points to an …

Kurdish minister: 'Iraq is a failed state'

Iraq's new parliament is due to reconvene on Tuesday in another attempt to agree on a unity government.<p>Kurdish MPs withdrew from Iraq's central government last week after Prime Minister Nouri Maliki accused the Kurds of harbouring extremists.<p>Speaking to the BBC, the foreign minister of Iraq's …

How did this happen? Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Libya all in flames

Each day, they live in fear.<p>Sometimes it's the fear of rockets dropping from the sky. Sometimes it's violent fundamentalists taking over their cities. Sometimes it's the barrel bombs stuffed with TNT and nails.<p>Exactly what horror they face depends on which border they live within.<p>Syria, Iraq, Gaza, …

Saudi Arabia boosts security on heavily fortified Iraq frontier

ARAR Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The group now calling itself the Islamic State rampaged across the border between Syria and Iraq a month ago and has since declared a caliphate across a swathe of the Middle East from Aleppo to the outskirts of Baghdad.<p>A member of the Saudi border guards force stands …

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish …

McCain: Iraq War Might Not Have Happened Had I Won In 2000

Arizona Sen. John McCain, once one of the most ardent defenders of American involvement in Iraq, said Thursday that had he been President in 2003 the …

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Islamic State kills 270 in Syrian gas field 'massacre'

Militant jihadist group kills dozens of Syrian troops and workers in its largest attack yet on the regime<p>Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.<p>The Syrian Observatory for …

Islamic State fighters seize Syria gas field

Fighters from the Islamic State group killed 270 soldiers, guards and staff when they captured a Syrian gas field earlier this week in the bloodiest clashes between the al-Qaeda splinter group and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said.<p>The fighters seized the Shaer gas field in …

Ex-Iraqi Mayor Voices Chemical Concerns About Contested Oil Refinery

NEW­PORT NEWS, Va. — The former may­or of an Ir­aqi city now un­der con­trol of the Is­lam­ic State of Ir­aq and Syr­ia says he wor­ries the …

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Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks'

<b>Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near Mosul and expelled the monks.</b><p>Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.<p>The monastery, which dates from the 4th Century, is a major Christian landmark …

Museums And Heritage Sites In Syria Are Under Siege

Experts are training locals to preserve and protect art and antiquities.<p>The civil war devastating Syria and spilling into Iraq has claimed yet another casualty: museums and cultural heritage sites. As evidence of destruction mounts, the international community is moving to action.<p>What we’re doing …