Islamic State advances halted in some areas of Iraq, US defense officials say
“Sustaining this pressure on ISIL will help provide time and space . . . for Iraq to reconstitute its forces and continue going on the offense,” Hagel said, using another name for the extremist group that now controls a vast expanse across Iraq and Syria.
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Iraq needs 80000 good troops to retake lost territory: US general
Iraq Christians Guard Village Taken From IS Group
The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black banner was taken down. The predominantly Christian ...
Christians reclaim Iraq village from ISIS
George W. Bush's claims on weapons found, and not found, In Iraq
Washington Post (blog)
The Fact Checker was puzzled by Bush's reference to finding a dirty bomb in Iraq. It certainly sounded like he said that such a weapon was found in Iraq. But after listening to the tape a few times, we concluded that the former president, in an offhand ...
New York Times
Baghdad and Kurds, Under Pressure, Reach Deal on Oil
Wall Street Journal
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Iraq and Kurds Reach Deal on Oil Exports and Budget Payments
Ban welcomes deal between Iraq, Kurdish region on resolving budget, oil export ...
Iraq's Kurds appeal for new US arms to combat Islamic State
Iraqi PM removes dozens of commanders
Iraq's prime minister has dismissed several top military commanders in a move seen as his boldest since he came to office in September. Haider al-Abadi's decision, aimed at boosting the morale of an army battling armed groups, came following a probe ...
US, allies conduct 23 air strikes in Syria, Iraq: military
ISIL suffers reverses in Iraq and Syria
Sniper Trained in Syria Awaits Islamic State at Iraq Refinery
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
George Will's Dizzying Shift on the Iraq War
The last eleven years have been filled with hard learning. The 2003 invasion of Iraq, the worst foreign-policy decision in U.S. history, coincided with mission creep (“nation building”) in Afghanistan. Both strengthened what can be called the ...
Are we already so eager to unlearn the lessons of Iraq?
Why We Lost Iraq and Afghanistan
An American General Explains How We Lost In Iraq And Afghanistan
Special Report: The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran
Alongside Asaib Ahl al-Haq, there are the Badr Brigades, formed in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War, and the younger and more secretive Kataib Hezbollah. The three militias have been instrumental in battling Islamic State (IS), the extremist movement ...
A handy checklist for the US effort in Iraq
As the United States advances into its third war in Iraq in a quarter-century, it's important to have a mental checklist to assess whether U.S. strategy there can succeed. Right now, because of Iraq's continuing corruption and sectarianism, it's hard ...
Rand Paul's correct: Sending Americans back to Iraq is illegal
The Hill (blog)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is correct in claiming that President Obama's decision to send 1,500 more soldiers back to Iraq is illegal. We now have over 3,000 American soldiers back in a country we left in 2011, when the president fulfilled a promise of ...
U.S. faces uphill battle in Iraq's Anbar
Disguised in Iraqi army uniforms, and bearing heavy arms behind the wheels of stolen Humvees, militants stormed Camp Saqlawiyah in Iraq's western Anbar province, prompting as many as 700 to flee for their lives. At least 40 soldiers died in the Sept.
Why it matters that US troops are in Iraq's troubled Anbar province — again
Islamic state crisis: US troops sent into Iraq's Anbar
U.S. faces uphill battle in Iraq's Anbar province