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ISIS: The group too extreme for al-Qaida that is taking over Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq in Syria (Isis) is so hardline that it was disavowed by al-Qaida’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Led by an Iraqi called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isis was originally an al-Qaida group in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). As the Syrian civil war intensified, its involvement…

Militants seize Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city

Gunmen seized Iraq's second-largest city Tuesday as troops threw away their uniforms and abandoned their posts, officials said, in another blow to the authorities, who appear incapable of stopping militant advances. Predominantly Sunni Muslim Mosul,……

U.S. plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq

The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq. The deal includes 24 AT-6C Texan II light-attack aircraft, a turboprop plane manufactured by Beechcraft that has .50 caliber machine guns, advanced avionics and can carry precision-guided bombs, the Pentagon said.…

Maddow tells Jon Stewart: Iraq will haunt U.S. until we know why Bush really invaded

The U.S. cannot escape from its sins in Iraq until it honestly accounts for its reasons for invading the Middle Eastern nation, said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. She explained to Jon Stewart on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” that she made a new documentary, “Why We Did It,” to help examine…

U.S. selling 24 Apache helicopters to Iraq for use against militants

The Pentagon informed Congress on Monday it plans to sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq in a deal worth $4.8 billion to help Baghdad battle anti-government militants. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government has lobbied Washington for weapons and intelligence as it takes on Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Anbar province…

U.S. sending missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq to help combat Al-Qaeda-backed violence: NYT

The United States is sending Iraq dozens of missiles and surveillance drones to help it combat a recent surge in Al-Qaeda-backed violence, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The weapons include a shipment of 75 Hellfire missiles purchased by Iraq, which Washington delivered to the country last week, the…

Iraqi gunmen kill female news anchor

Gunmen shot dead Al-Mosuliyah TV presenter Nawras al-Nuaimi in northern Iraq on Sunday, the station and police said, the fifth journalist to be killed in the country in recent months. Nuaimi was killed near her home in Mosul, Al-Mosuliyah said. She was the fourth journalist to be killed in the…

From Suez to Iraq, the lessons of our past cast a long shadow over Syria

Public opinion, like old generals, is always preparing to fight the last war When it turns its attention to thinking about conflict, politics – and public opinion – is an oddly backwards process. Journalists and other analysts tend to look for guidance on future developments from past events. Egypt is…

Iraq blames energy giant Shell for $4.6 billion in lost income

Iraq’s oil ministry, struggling with sputtering output, has blamed Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell over $4.6 billion in lost revenue due to production delays, in a letter seen by AFP Monday. The document, dated July 21, 2013, sharply criticises the foreign energy firm for shortfalls in oil extraction at the giant…

More than 1,000 Iraqis killed in July, highest monthly toll since 2008: U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in sectarian violence in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, the United Nations said on Thursday, as Sunni Islamist groups stepped up their insurgency against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government. Most of the 1,057 victims were civilians, killed in a relentless…

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