September 16, 2014

USA v Portugal, World Cup 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo produces final minute …

The emphatic nature of the defeat was bad enough for Paulo Bento’s team, but the loss to injury of goalkeeper Rui Patricio, full-back Fabio Coentrao and centre-forward Hugo Almeida was compounded by the suspension earned by centre-half Pepe following his dismissal for head-butting Thomas Muller. With ongoing doubts over the fitness of Ronaldo, whose left […]

Rand Paul: Blame Dick Cheney for Iraq violence, not Obama

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered some bipartisan backup to President Obama on the subject of Iraq Sunday, saying many critics who blame the president for the ferocious Islamist insurgency there, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, should take a look in the mirror. “I don’t blame President Obama,” Paul told NBC News. “Has he really […]

Kerry Hints That US Would Support New Leader for Iraq

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Iraq, Syria, and ISIS: What It All Means

As Twitter photos from jihadi fighters showed fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) driving tanks through a newly cut hole in the Iraq-Syria border, their comrades were continuing to make gains in an offensive in Iraq that launched over a week ago. While ISIS has steadily grown in power and assets […]

Sunni militants capture towns, border crossing as offensive expands in western …

  Sunni fighters led by an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province on Saturday, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side. It’s the latest blow against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his political life even as […]

4 western Iraqi towns fall to advancing ISIS militants

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — A strategic border crossing and three other towns in western Iraq fell Saturday to the control of ISIS militants, a senior Iraqi security official said. In addition to their offensives in northern Iraq, the militants have now strengthened their hand in the western province of Anbar, the country’s largest geographically, and […]

Shiite cleric issues threat to US military advisers as Iraq militants take border post

  A high-level Shiite cleric in Iraq issued a warning to American military advisers bound for Iraq Friday, hours before Sunni militants captured a crossing on Iraq’s border with Syria and Shiite militia members paraded in Baghdad and other cities.  Sky News reports that Nassir al-Saedi, a cleric loyal to the firebrand Muqtada al-Sadr, referred […]

Iraq Militia Parades as Insurgents Seize Crossing

Thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities on Saturday after Sunni militants seized a town on the Syrian border in what appeared to be the start of a new offensive in the western Anbar province. The capture on Friday of the town of Qaim and its border crossing dealt another blow to […]

Plan to aid Iraq army against militants was understaffed, marked by distrust …

  A secret plan to aid the Iraqi army in its fight against Al Qaeda-aligned Sunni Muslim militants was authorized by President Barack Obama late last year, but was handicapped by a lack of resources and mistrust over Iran’s influence on the government of Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to a published report.  According […]

Obama: ‘Won’t be a military solution’ if Iraqi political structure not fixed

(CNN) — President Barack Obama exhorted Iraqi leaders to come up with a political solution to governing their nation because “if they don’t, there won’t be a military solution to the problem,” he told CNN in an interview Friday. Obama wants to see Iraq create a command structure that includes Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, which […]