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Iraq

US preparing for direct dialogue with Iran over ISIS threat in Iraq – report
The US is getting ready for an open dialogue with Iran to discuss Iraq’s security concerns and ways of responding to radical Sunni militia that have been gaining ground in western Iraq, The Wall Street Journal quoted senior US officials as saying.

15.06.2014 23:42

US evacuates Baghdad embassy staff as ISIS militants overrun another town in northwest Iraq
Sunni insurgents led by ISIS jihadists captured the northwestern Iraqi town of Tal Afar on Sunday, reports say, as the militants continue their advance on Baghdad. The US says it is relocating some of its embassy staff to other Iraqi cities.

15.06.2014 20:02

Blair: Iraq invasion not to blame for rising extremism – Syrian war is
Apparently, the bloody wave of Islamic extremism gripping Iraq is an internal occurrence and was in no way facilitated by the Western invasion. This is former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s version of events concerning the entire Middle East.

15.06.2014 13:53

US, UK create joint team to prepare for air strikes in Iraq – report
Over a decade after the US and UK invaded Iraq in 2003, the military allies have created a joint 'counter-terrorist' team to send to the country. British officers are already on their way “to prepare for possible air strikes,” The Sunday Times reports.

15.06.2014 17:31

Pentagon deploys aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf in case of Iraq op
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered that the USS aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush be moved to the Persian Gulf in case Washington decides to use military force in Iraq following the rise of attacks by an Al-Qaeda offshoot movement.

14.06.2014 16:49

Strange bedfellows: Iran, US to cooperate against Sunni jihadists in Iraq?
In light of recent military gains by a ‘too-extreme-for-Al-Qaeda’ jihadi group in Iraq, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Tehran may consider cooperating with Washington to battle the extremist threat.

14.06.2014 11:21

'Multiple groups may be joining ISIS jihadists in fight against Iraqi govt'
The relative ease with which insurgents have taken control of major cities in Iraq suggests former military officers and others may have joined forces with jihadists to target Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government, Edmund Ghareeb told RT.

14.06.2014 02:20

Iraq blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube amid growing ISIS threat
The Iraqi government has blocked access to top social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, reportedly to hinder the activities of militants formerly associated with Al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, thousands are signing up to fight the jihadist insurgency in Iraq.

13.06.2014 20:24

Obama refuses to send troops to Iraq, but won’t rule out air strikes
The United States may begin providing military assistance to the Iraqi government within days, President Barack Obama said Friday, as extremists continue to seize major cities there in the midst of an intensifying violent campaign of insurgency.

13.06.2014 15:33

Ron Paul slams Obama's policy on Iraq
Former congressman Ron Paul is attributing the current crisis in Iraq to failed American foreign policy and warns the worse has yet to come.

13.06.2014 14:18

​Oil prices at nine-month high on heels of Iraq violence
Crude oil prices in Iraq have hit a nine-month high, according to Reuters, as ongoing violence and fears of instability have led to supply concerns and equities sales.

13.06.2014 00:30

US airstrikes to support Iranian Revolutionary Guard's offensive in Iraq?
Iran deployed its Revolutionary Guard to help Iraq battle insurgents from a group inspired by Al-Qaeda, according to a recent report. In the meantime, the US is mulling airstrikes to support the Iraqi government.

12.06.2014 18:43

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