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Obama: Iraq needs U.S., international help as ISIS threatens to seize more cities

As radical Islamist militants surged through Iraq -- and threatened its capital -- U.S. President Barack Obama conceded the turbulent situation demanded significant assistance immediately and over the long-term for the Baghdad-based central government.<p>"It's going to need more help from us, and it's …

Indonesian Jihadists in Middle East Not a Cause for Concern Upon Return: Experts | Jakarta Globe

Masked Sunni gunmen aim their weapons as they take up position in Fallujah city, western Iraq, on January 9, 2014. (EPA Photo)<p><b>Jakarta.</b> Possible …

Iraq Gets International Help... From Iran

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Iran, of all places, has reportedly dispatched two units of its elite Revolutionary Guards to Iraq …

Iraqi Militants Seize More Towns, Reportedly Execute Civilians

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>ISIS militants, who have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit, captured two …

Is this the end of Iraq?

<b>Iraq is facing its most severe crisis in years, with the country on the brink of break-up amid lightning offensives by Sunni Muslim militants. How has it happened so quickly?</b><p>Iraq's plagued by violence, so what's new?<p>The US-led invasion in 2003 unleashed a bloody insurgency led by Iraq's Sunni …

Shiite cleric urges Iraqis to defend country

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Shiite clerical leadership Friday called on all Iraqis to defend their country from Sunni militants who have seized large …

Iraqi Shiites Take Up Arms as Militants Consolidate Hold

Hundreds of young Iraqi men streamed into volunteer centers across the Iraqi capital on Saturday, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight against al Qaeda linked militants advancing in the north.<p>From across Baghdad, volunteers were ferried in buses to a base in the …

Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.<p>The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the …

Iraq crisis: US airstrikes 'may be an option' to combat ISIS, says John Kerry - live

US secretary of state John Kerry says US airstrikes to combat ISIS offensive in Iraq "may be an option" as city of Tal Afar falls to militants<p><b>• Northern Iraq town of Tal Afar falls to Isis</b> <b><br>• US signals Iran cooperation; sends 550 Marines to Gulf</b> <b><br>• Britain urges Iran to play 'regional role' in Iraq</b> …

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 …

Iraq Reported Blocking Internet Access

Reports are surfacing of an Internet blackout in Iraq as the situation deteriorates. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants have been steadily …

Shia militia: 'Isis will not take Baghdad'

After five days of siege and foreboding, the citizens of Baghdad breathed easier on Saturday. Old-world tea houses were once again brimming. So were new militia recruitment centres, where would-be fighters signed up to defend the capital.<p>The city's collective relief stemmed from three live …

Tony Blair: west must intervene in Iraq

Tony Blair has urged western governments to recognise that they need to take an active role in the Middle East, saying the west should consider military options short of sending ground troops.<p>The former prime minister said there was a huge range of options available, including air strikes and …

DRC refugees reluctant to return to homes

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has called on people who left their homes because of violence to return to areas now under its control.<p>Many refugees are reluctant to return to where they came from because their houses have been destroyed by M23 rebels.<p>Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi …

U.S. evacuates embassy as bombs, fighting rock Iraq

BAGHDAD – Islamic militant insurgents captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar early Monday, its mayor and residents said, striking another blow to the nation's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory in the country's north.<p>The town has a population of roughly …

Medics killed in southern Yemen attack

At least eight army medics have been killed and nine others injured while riding a bus in southern Yemen after gunmen opened fire from the roadside, officials told Al Jazeera.<p>The attack, in which the armed men used Kalashnikov assault rifles, happened on Saturday morning about 15kms north of Aden …

Pakistan air raids in North Waziristan 'kill militants'

<b>Pakistani fighter jets have carried out air strikes against militant hideouts in the north-west of the country.</b><p>Officials said scores of militants were killed in the raids but this has not been independently confirmed.<p>Among them was a suspected Uzbek leader of the deadly attack on Karachi airport a …

Hagel orders U.S. aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier — the USS George H.W. Bush — to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq.<p>Hagel's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the …

Bloodiest day in Ukraine conflict as rebel missiles bring down military jet

Pro-Russian rebels have shot down a military transport plane in Luhansk in the bloodiest single day of fighting in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began in April, setting back Kiev's efforts to end the crisis and establish control of the region.<p>The Ukrainian government had appeared to finally be …

Iraq crisis: despite decapitations and deaths thousands return willingly to city held by ISIS terrorists

Many residents of Mosul say they prefer life under ISIS to that under Iraqi army control<p>An elderly man is ripped from his bed in the dead of night. Blindfolded, the last thing he feels is the blade slitting his throat. A taxi driver, made to kneel on the side of the road, trembling as a gun is put …