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June 2014 - Iraq Special Weapons News

  • Iraq Drives New US Policy in Syria VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- One direct byproduct of the rapid advancement of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq is a revamped U.S. policy in Syria.
  • Obama Connects ISIL, Terror Threats at Home VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says terrorist-fueled militancy in Iraq and Syria is boosting an already-omnipresent threat to America's security at home.
  • Iran calls for punishment of ISIL ISNA 30 Jun 2014 -- Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan called for punishment of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its supporters.
  • Rival militant groups clash at Iraq-Syria border Iran Press TV 30 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group have engaged in fierce fighting with other militant groups to control a border crossing with Iraq.
  • ISIL militants flushed out of Awja village Iran Press TV 30 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi army backed by thousands of Christian volunteers has pushed back Takfiri terrorists of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from a strategic area in Salahuddin Province.
  • Iraq Army Says ISIL 'Threat To All Countries' RFE/RL 30 Jun 2014 -- An Iraqi Army spokesman says Sunni-led jihadists who have declared a 'caliphate' in territories seized across Iraq and Syria have grown into an international threat.
  • Explainer: What Is The Islamic Caliphate? RFE/RL 30 Jun 2014 -- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has formally declared the establishment of a new 'caliphate,' or Islamic state, in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria.
  • Russian Experts Arrive in Iraq to Help Army Fight Sunni Extremists - Reports RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2014 -- Russian experts arrived in Iraq Sunday to get Sukhoi jets, purchased by Baghdad, into the fight against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the New York Times reported Monday citing sources in Iraq's government.
  • ISIL announced creation of 'Islamic Caliphate' VoR 30 Jun 2014 -- The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Sunni jihadist group fighting in Iraq and Syria, is declaring an Islamist caliphate the two countries, in an unconfirmed audio clip on Twitter. Spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani says in the recording that ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the first caliph of the self-described state, and all Muslims are obliged to swear him their allegiance.
  • ISIL Declares Islamic State in Iraq, Syria VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi warplanes carried out airstrikes overnight on the northern city of Tikrit as they battle to regain control from Sunni militants who have declared the formation of an Islamic state across areas of Iraq and Syria.
  • With ISIL 'Caliphate' Declared, What's Next? VOA 29 Jun 2014 -- Iraqis aren't alone in wondering if the Sunni Muslim insurgency led by the al-Qaida offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) can be stemmed. Al-Qaida, once the world's leading terror organization, is being surpassed by its onetime, wayward affiliate and it is none too pleased, say analysts.
  • ISIL executes several rival militants in Syria Iran Press TV 29 Jun 2014 -- Terrorists from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have publicly executed and crucified eight rival militants in Syria.
  • Target ISIS: First batch of Russian fighter jets arrives in Iraq RT 29 Jun 2014 -- The first delivery of Russian Sukhoi fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country's Defense Ministry said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS.
  • Iraqi Forces Battle for Tikrit VOA 29 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's army sent tanks and armored vehicles on Sunday to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit, which Sunni militants had overtaken on June 11.
  • Iran ready to support Iraq in armed revolt against Sunni militias VoR 29 Jun 2014 -- An Iranian general announced that Tehran is ready to support Iraq in an armed revolt employing the same methods used against opposition in Syria, suggesting that Iran has expressed a will to take on a more significant role in fighting Sunni militias that threaten Baghdad, reports Reuters.
  • Dempsey: Iraqi National Unity Needed to Counter ISIL AFPS 29 Jun 2014 -- The formation of a national unity government in Iraq will be key to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Public Radio Friday.
  • Iraq: Serious food security concerns due to conflict IRNA 29 Jun 2014 -- Iraq is facing serious food security concerns following the recent escalation of conflict in a large swath of the country, FAO has warned.
  • Kurdish forces attack Iraqi military bases in Kirkuk: Military commander Iran Press TV 29 Jun 2014 -- A senior Iraqi military commander says Kurdish Peshmerga forces have seized heavy weapons and military equipment in Kirkuk governorate.
  • Iraq army troops flush out militants from Tikrit Iran Press TV 29 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's government soldiers backed by thousands of volunteers have gained the upper hand over Takfiri militants in the northern city of Tikrit, security sources say.
  • Iraqi Forces Fight To Retake Tikrit RFE/RL 29 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi government forces have continued an offensive to retake a northern city from Sunni rebels.
  • 1,200 Chinese employees evacuated to Baghdad: FM spokesman People's Daily 28 Jun 2014 -- More than 1,200 employees of a Chinese company have been safely evacuated from the war-torn northern city of Samarra and moved to Iraq's capital of Baghdad, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Friday.
  • ISIL militants flee toward region near Iran border Iran Press TV 28 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala have escaped to a region close to Iran's border, Press TV reports.
  • Iraqi politicians slam Barzani's remarks on Kirkuk Iran Press TV 28 Jun 2014 -- Several prominent Iraqi politicians have strongly criticized the president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region for saying that the oil-rich city of Kirkuk won't be handed over to the central government in Baghdad.
  • Iraq army soldiers retake full control of Tikrit Iran Press TV 28 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi army, backed by thousands of tribal gunmen and volunteer forces, has retaken full control of the northern city of Tikrit from the Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • ISIL offensive displaces 83,000 Iraqi families in Nineveh Iran Press TV 28 Jun 2014 -- The escalation of violence by the terrorists of so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has forced 83,000 Iraqi families to flee their homes in Nineveh Province, Iraqi Red Crescent Society says.
  • Iraqi Army Advances On Tikrit As U.S. Drones Fly Over Baghdad RFE/RL 28 Jun 2014 -- Reports say thousands of Iraqi soldiers backed by air cover and tanks are closing in on the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, which was overrun by Islamist-led rebels earlier this month.
  • Iraq Launches Military Offensive in Tikrit VOA 28 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi army has launched what it calls a major offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni ISIL extremists.
  • Armed, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Patrolling Skies Over Iraq AFPS 27 Jun 2014 -- Some of the manned and unmanned aircraft that the United States is flying over Iraq are armed to protect newly arrived American military advisers on the ground, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
  • Up to 10,000 people from Christian communities flee violence in northern Iraq - UN UN News Centre 27 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that up to 10,000 people from predominately Christian communities in northern Iraq have fled their homes this week amid the ongoing violence in Mosul.
  • Barzani Says Kurdish Rule To Stay In Kirkuk RFE/RL 27 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Kurdish leader Masud Barzani has said that there is no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other northern towns that Kurdish fighters are now defending against Sunni Islamist militants.
  • Kerry Meets with Syrian Opposition Leader in Saudi Arabia VOA 27 Jun 2014 -- Meeting with U.S. Secretary John Kerry Friday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Syrian opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba asked for more foreign aid from the United States and Saudi Arabia as his rebels attempt to push back both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the al-Qaida offshoot group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Iraq army advances against ISIL terrorists in Tikrit Iran Press TV 27 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces backed by thousands of volunteers have pushed ahead with their campaign against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern city of Tikrit.
  • Iraq troops in almost full control of Diyala: Officials Iran Press TV 27 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi army has regained almost full control of the province of Diyala, amid the brutal militancy that rages in the country.
  • Iraqi forces eliminate 90 ISIL terrorists: Reports Iran Press TV 27 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi military forces have reportedly killed more than 90 Takfiri militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the northern city of Mosul.
  • US Military Advisers: Iraq Assessments to Take Weeks VOA 26 Jun 2014 -- In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, hundreds of fresh recruits train, preparing to join the battle against Sunni militants who have been strengthening their grip on large swaths of the north and east.
  • Iraqi forces recapture gas field town in Diyala Iran Press TV 26 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi forces have reportedly regained control of a strategic town which is home to a number of gas fields in the eastern province of Diyala as the army continues its battle against Takfiri terrorists.
  • Iran to dispatch weapons to Iraq upon request: Official Iran Press TV 26 Jun 2014 -- A high-ranking Iranian official says the Islamic Republic will dispatch munitions and military hardware to Iraq to help it battle the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.
  • ISIL militants well-funded: UN envoy for Iraq Iran Press TV 26 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are "well-funded," a United Nations (UN) representative for Iraq says.
  • Iraqi army gains ground in fight against ISIL: Reports Iran Press TV 26 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi army has gained ground in its fight against terrorists from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), latest reports show.
  • Iraq Confirms Syrian Air Strikes Against Militants RFE/RL 26 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has told the BBC he supports a Syrian air strike on Islamist militants at a border crossing between Syria and Iraq.
  • Syria, Iran Join Fight Against Iraq's Militants VOA 26 Jun 2014 -- Top Western diplomats are focusing on the crisis in Iraq and pressing their calls for the country to unite in the face of a surge by Sunni Islamist militants, as Syria and Iran join the fight.
  • UN agencies 'surging' staff, funds to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Iraq UN News Centre 25 Jun 2014 -- Yet again, another humanitarian crisis has hit war-torn Iraq, disproportionately and negatively impacting the hungry poor, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, wrapping up a two-day visit to the country, which has in recent weeks, seen violent armed groups sweep through a number of provinces sending massive numbers of desperate people fleeing for safety.
  • Iraq: Military effort to quell insurgency must be backed by political process, says UN envoy UN News Centre 25 Jun 2014 -- The "grave" situation in Iraq requires a solution based on military, political and social processes that will address the concerns of all communities, the top United Nations official in the crisis-torn country said today, appealing also for financial resources to aid the already-overstretched UN relief effort there.
  • ISIS advance adds to aid challenges in Iraq's north IRIN 25 Jun 2014 -- As fighting grows between Islamist insurgents and government forces in Iraq, aid agencies are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond.
  • New camps for fleeing Iraqis offer safety but little comfort IRIN 25 Jun 2014 -- Heavily pregnant Sneen kneels at the entrance to her tent, trying to shade herself from the searing sun overhead and keep the dust out of her eyes.
  • ISIL destroys two Shia religious sites in Iraqi city of Mosul Iran Press TV 25 Jun 2014 -- Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed two Shia religious sites located north of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, reports say.
  • Iraq PM rejects calls to form salvation government Iran Press TV 25 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected calls to form a so-called national salvation government in order to confront the ISIL Takfiri militants.
  • Iraq army continues mop-up operations against Takfiris Iran Press TV 25 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi army continues mop-up operations against Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the east and north of the country.
  • Iraq PM Rejects Calls For National Unity Government RFE/RL 25 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has rejected calls for a national unity government to counter a mounting Sunni insurgency.
  • Iraqi PM Rejects Forming 'Salvation' Government VOA 25 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected forming an emergency government to help the country counter a surge by Sunni Islamist militants.
  • Kerry Urges Iraqi Kurds to Band with Baghdad Against ISIL Insurgency VOA 24 Jun 2014 -- Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani in a bid to convince him to close ranks with the government in Baghdad to fend off an insurgency by Sunni militants.
  • US Motives in Iraq Raise Suspicions Across Sectarian Divide VOA 24 Jun 2014 -- Any American assistance to the beleaguered government of Nouri al-Maliki to push back a jihadist-led Sunni Muslim insurgency needs to take into account the widespread suspicion of U.S. motives across Iraq's sectarian divide, caution analysts.
  • UN Accuses ISIL of Wide-ranging Abuses in Iraq VOA 24 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations accuses the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of wide-ranging human rights violations. Investigators say the Sunni Islamist group has killed hundreds of civilians and wounded many more since its invasion of Iraqi cities began early this month.
  • Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse VoR 24 Jun 2014 -- John Kerry arrived in Iraq's Kurdish region Tuesday in a US diplomatic drive aimed at preventing the country from splitting apart in the face of Sunni militants pushing towards Baghdad. Iraq's security forces have managed to retake a crucial border crossing along the frontier with Syria, but were struggling to contain advances by insurgents, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have taken swathes of five provinces north and west of the capital.
  • Iraqi envoy: Iran's IRGC force, commander not in Iraq ISNA 24 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi ambassador to Iran Mohammed Majid al-Sheikh rejected reports that Commander of Iran's Quds Force Qassem Soleimani and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces are in Iraq to protect the country against militants.
  • Thousands more join Iraq army to fight against ISIL Iran Press TV 24 Jun 2014 -- A large number of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to military recruitment centers to join the battle against militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).
  • ISIL massacred 1000 across Iraq in June: UN Iran Press TV 24 Jun 2014 -- The UN says over 1000 people have been killed in Iraq so far this month after the Takfiri militants overran parts of the northern and western regions of the country.
  • Iraqi fighter jets kill over a dozen ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 24 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi army warplanes have pounded several areas in the strategic oil town of Baiji, killing over a dozen Takfiri militants and injuring several others.
  • Iraqi army continues mop-up operations against Takfiri militants Iran Press TV 24 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi armed forces are pressing ahead with their mop-up operations in the east and north of the country, inflicting heavy losses on Takfiri militants.
  • 1000s volunteer to fight ISIL in Iraq's Basra: Report Iran Press TV 24 Jun 2014 -- Tens of thousands of Iraqis in the southern province of Basra have reportedly answered calls by religious figures to take up arms and join the country's armed forces in the battle against the Takfiri terrorists.
  • UN: 1,000 Killed In ISIL Iraq Advance; Kerry In Kurdish Talks RFE/RL 24 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations says at least 1,075 people were killed in Iraq between June 5 and June 22 -- most of them civilians -- as Sunni-led militants seized swaths of territory in Anbar Province and to the north of Baghdad.
  • Iraq violence: UN confirms more than 2,000 killed, injured since early June UN News Centre 24 Jun 2014 -- More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,000 injured in the two weeks since the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) and its allies began to sweep across the country, the United Nations today confirmed, stressing that those figures should be viewed "very much as a minimum."
  • Meeting With Embassy Baghdad Staff US Dept. of State 23 Jun 2014
  • Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State at the US Embassy in Baghdad US Dept. of State 23 Jun 2014
  • Kerry: Militants Pose 'Existential' Threat to Iraq VOA 23 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday pledged 'intense' support for Iraq against the 'existential threat' posed by a major militant offensive pushing toward Baghdad from the north and west.
  • Shiite-majority Iraq town Tal Afar, airport seized by Sunni militants VoR 23 Jun 2014 -- The strategic Shiite-majority north Iraq town of Tal Afar and its airport were in the hands of Sunni Arab militants on Monday after days of heavy fighting, a local official and witnesses said.
  • Khamenei accuses US in using Iraq conflict to destabilize country VoR 23 Jun 2014 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the current Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei strongly opposes the interference of United States in Iraq's internal issues. While meeting with Iran's judicial officials in the country's capital on Sunday, the former Iran's President Khamenei declared that the US and its Western allies are to blame for the ongoing unrest and violence in Iraq.
  • Iran lashes out against U.S. intervention in Iraq crisis People's Daily 23 Jun 2014 -- Iran 'strongly' opposes a U.S. intervention in neighboring Iraq, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, as armed Sunni insurgents continue to seize Iraqi cities and thwart security forces.
  • U.S. mulls airstrikes in Iraq, but no clear path forward People's Daily 23 Jun 2014 -- the militants are Sunni -- and further moves by the rebels would involve fighting Shiite Iraqi Army units and tough remobilized militias such as the Mahdi Army also now defending their sectarian turf, White noted.
  • Iraqi army soldiers recapture 2 border crossings Iran Press TV 23 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have retaken control of two border crossings in their latest battles against Takfiri militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Iraqi army flushes out ISIL terrorists from Diyala Iran Press TV 23 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi army forces have flushed Takfiri militants out of a major district near the city of Baqubah in Diyala Province.
  • ISIL Seizes More Towns, Border Posts In Western Iraq RFE/RL 23 Jun 2014 - Sunni militants have seized more towns in western Iraq, as well as two more strategic border crossings -- into Syria and Jordan - in their latest advances against Iraqi government forces.
  • Kerry Pledges 'Intense And Sustained' Support For Iraqi Forces RFE/RL 23 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says U.S. support for Iraqi security forces will be 'intense and sustained,' allowing government troops to confront Islamic militants more effectively.
  • What Drives Sunni Anger In Iraq? RFE/RL 23 Jun 2014 -- As Sunni insurgents have swept across northern Iraq, they have sought to win support by portraying themselves as the liberators of the country's Sunni population.
  • Background Briefing in Amman, Jordan US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2014
  • ISIL militants take control of border crossing Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have reportedly taking control of a crossing on the border between Iraq and Syria.
  • US denied Iraq with key info on ISIL Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- A clandestine US intelligence center in Baghdad refused to provide Iraqi officials with sensitive information about insurgent groups including the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL, according to US media reports.
  • Iraq smites ISIL Takfiri terrorists Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in their operations near the capital, Baghdad.
  • Iran strongly opposes US interference in Iraq: Leader Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed Iran's strong opposition to US interference in Iraq's internal affairs.
  • Obama Weighs in on Iraq Crisis VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama continues to rule out sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq, while voicing concern about Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory north of Baghdad. Meanwhile, the Iraqi crisis has emboldened critics of Obama's foreign policy, including an architect of the Iraq War launched in 2003: former Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • Iraqi Kurds Hope for a More Independent Future VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Kurdish leaders fear Iraq is destined for a long sectarian civil war if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refuses to step aside and insists on confronting militarily the Sunni Muslim uprising roiling the country.
  • Sunni-Led Militants Capture More Iraqi Towns RFE/RL 22 Jun 2014 -- Sunni insurgents led by Al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have captured three strategic towns in western Iraq and the first border crossing with Syria.
  • ISIL Militants in Iraq Seize Border Crossings VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Sunni militants in Iraq have seized two more border crossings, one with Syria and one with Jordan, in addition to the four nearby towns captured by insurgent forces since Friday.
  • Iraq forces withdraw from western towns as Sunni militants continue offensive VoR 22 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi forces have made a 'tactical' withdrawal from three western towns, a security spokesman said on Sunday, as Sunni militants widened an offensive that has already overrun swathes of territory.
  • Zarif: ISIL poses serious threat to entire world IRNA 21 Jun 2014 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that terrorists of the Takfiri Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pose a threat to the entirety of the world.
  • Takfiri ISIL militants threaten to attack Kurds Iran Press TV 21 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have threatened to launch an attack on Kurds in Syria.
  • ISIL poses threat to whole world: Iran FM Iran Press TV 21 Jun 2014 -- Iran's foreign minister has warned that terrorists of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pose a threat to the whole world.
  • Parade held in Baghdad in support of Iraqi army Iran Press TV 21 Jun 2014 -- Thousands of supporters of the Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have paraded in Baghdad in solidarity with the army which is engaged in heavy fighting against Takfiri militants.
  • Shi'ites Gird for Battle as ISIL Rebels Make Gains VOA 21 Jun 2014 -- Sunni fighters have seized an Iraqi town that borders Syria, allowing the militants to pass freely along with their weapons between the two countries, security officials said Saturday.
  • Thousands of Iraqis parade in Baghdad showing readiness to fight Sunni militants VoR 21 Jun 2014 -- Hundreds of thousands of Shiites paraded in Baghdad and several other Shiites cities in Iraq on Saturday, in a show of force to display their readiness to fight Sunni extremists who have taken control of key areas in northern and western Iraq.
  • ISIL militants seize Iraqi-Syrian border point VoR 21 Jun 2014 -- Sunni militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of an Iraq-Syria border crossing after Syrian rebels withdrew overnight, security officers and witnesses said. The sources said insurgents took control of the Al-Qaim border crossing, one of three official border points between Iraq and Syria, after gunmen linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front left.
  • Legal Questions Hold Up US Special Forces in Iraq VOA 20 Jun 2014 -- Despite this week's announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama, the first U.S. military advisers on the ground in Baghdad have yet to start assessing the situation and how best to help Iraqi security forces fight back advancing Sunni militants.
  • Kirby: Special Operators Will Assess Situation in Iraq AFPS 20 Jun 2014 -- Special operators that President Barack Obama is sending to Iraq, up to 300 U.S. military personnel, will form assessment teams to evaluate the situation on the ground there and boost Iraq's ability to counter the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.
  • Evacuation plans made for Chinese workers in Iraq People's Daily 20 Jun 2014 -- The central government and Chinese companies operating in Iraq have prepared evacuation plans for workers from China if the situation in the strife-torn Middle Eastern nation continues to worsen.
  • ISIL terrorists must be thrown out of Iraq: Cleric Iran Press TV 20 Jun 2014 -- A prominent Iraqi cleric has said that militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) must be expelled from the country before it gets too late.
  • Top Shi'ite Cleric Calls For New Government In Iraq RFE/RL 20 Jun 2014 -- The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shi'ite majority has called for the creation of a new, 'effective' government.
  • Battle Over Iraqi Oil Refinery Continues VOA 20 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi troops continued battling Islamic militants over control of a major oil refinery Friday, amid news that the insurgents have seized a chemical weapons facility once owned by the late Saddam Hussein.
  • Gulf Leaders Blame Iraq's Maliki for ISIL Crisis VOA 20 Jun 2014 -- As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continued along a bloody path toward Baghdad, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. has stepped up "intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets" in Iraq to get a clearer picture of what's going on there.
  • UN rushes aid as over one million hit by Iraq fighting VoR 20 Jun 2014 -- UN aid agencies said Friday they were rushing supplies to conflict-torn Iraq to help over one million people driven from their homes by fighting. Donor nations were also holding a closed-door meeting at the UN's European offices in Geneva ahead of an expected fresh funding appeal next week, said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the world body's humanitarian division. An existing $105-million appeal has garnered just 14 percent of what is needed, he told reporters.
  • Obama Announces Military Advisers Heading to Iraq AFPS 19 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama today announced plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the government in Baghdad combat a rapid advance by Sunni-led insurgents who have taken over towns and cities and routed Iraqi troops in the north and west of the country, a situation which the president said threatens to plunge Iraq into civil war.
  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Iraq DoD 19 Jun 2014
  • Still Waiting for Orders, US Military Has ISIL in Its Sights VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- The United States says that, for now, it is only sending military advisers to Baghdad to help the Iraqi government combat advances by militant Sunni Islamists, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But the Pentagon says U.S. forces are poised to strike - if ordered to do so.
  • Iraq: As violence spreads, UN advisors warn of impact on minorities, agencies support fleeing throngs UN News Centre 19 Jun 2014 -- Two special advisors to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today what could amount to war crimes committed in Iraq by terrorist and armed groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and raised special concern about the impacts of the deteriorating security situation on religious and other minorities.
  • Iraqi Forces, Militants Battle for Refinery VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest refinery on Thursday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waited for a U.S. response to an appeal for airstrikes to beat back the threat to Baghdad.
  • Remarks by the President on the Situation in Iraq The White House 19 Jun 2014 -- "I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Iraq. We’ve been meeting regularly to review the situation since ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in Iraq and Syria, made advances inside of Iraq. As I said last week, ISIL poses a threat to the Iraqi people, to the region, and to U.S. interests. So today I wanted to provide you an update on how we’re responding to the situation."
  • Obama Outlines U.S. Plans to Aid Iraq VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States "will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action" to blunt the rapid advance of Islamic militants that have been spreading sectarian violence in Iraq.
  • Over 1,000 Chinese reportedly stranded in northern Iraq People's Daily 19 Jun 2014 -- Millions of volunteers have flocked to join Iraq's beleaguered security forces as a Sunni-led insurgency continues to overwhelm large parts of the country.
  • Chinese in Iraq feel rising pressure People's Daily 19 Jun 2014 -- Beijing seeks safety for citizens as sectarian violence intensifies. The Chinese government is keeping a wary eye on Iraq and its citizens there as the security situation in the country deteriorates.
  • Iraqi army retakes most parts of Nineveh's Tal Afar Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi armed forces have reportedly regained control of almost all parts of a strategic town in Nineveh Province as well as the Abu Tayban region in the central city of Ramadi.
  • ISIL militants wage attack on Samarra Shia sites Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the so-called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terror group have waged an attack on the holiest sites of Shia Muslims in the Iraqi city of Samarra in another act of terrorism.
  • US wants Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to 'go' Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- A number of US officials have, either directly or indirectly, said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should "go" as militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing atrocious acts against Iraqis.
  • Iraqi Forces Battle To Hold Biggest Refinery RFE/RL 19 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces on June 19 battled Sunni insurgents for control of the country's largest refinery in Baiji, some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad.
  • Iran not to deploy troops to Iraq: Top cmdr. Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- The Iranian military's top brass says the Islamic Republic will not deploy forces to neighboring crisis-hit Iraq, suggesting that the Arab country is itself capable of defeating the Takfiri terrorists.
  • Many more join Iraq army to fight against ISIL militants Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi volunteers have responded to calls by the country's highest religious authority to fight militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Militants attack Iraq's biggest oil refinery Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- The members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group have attacked a main oil refinery in Iraq as they press ahead with their offensive in the war-torn country.
  • Maliki Says Iraqi Forces 'Regaining The Initiative' RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says government forces are 'regaining the initiative and striking back' after militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group seized large swaths of territory in the north of the country.
  • Iraq Requests U.S. Air Strikes Against ISIL Fighters RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad has asked the United States to conduct air strikes against Islamic militants that control large parts of Iraq.
  • Russia to Fulfill All Military Contract Obligations with Iraq RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- All the military contract obligations with Iraq will be fulfilled, Igor Sevastyanov, the head of the Russian delegation to the Eurosatory 2014 international defense and security exhibition and deputy director of Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport told journalists Wednesday.
  • US Official Says Iraq Requests Airstrikes VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The top U.S. military official says the Iraqi government has requested U.S. airstrikes to aid the fight against Sunni Islamist militants who have taken over key cities of northern Iraq.
  • Militants Attack Iraq's Main Oil Refinery VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Sunni Islamist militants have attacked Iraq's main oil refinery, causing damage to the site, in the latest stage of a surge that has included seizing territory across northern Iraq.
  • Iraq requests US air strikes on jihadists - Iraqi FM VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- Iraq has asked the United States for assistance against jihadist-led Sunni militants that have seized key cities and large swathes of the country by launching air strikes, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday. 'Iraq has officially asked Washington to help under the security agreement (between the two countries), and to conduct air strikes against terrorist groups,' Zebari told reporters in Saudi Arabia.
  • John McCain calls for US military intervention in Iraq, wants Maliki to resign VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- As the implacable advance of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq continues, several US senators called for a new bombing campaign against the jihadists and for the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down.
  • Iraq Turmoil Sparks Blame Game In Washington RFE/RL 17 Jun 2014 -- A surge by Islamic militants in Iraq has spawned partisan rancor in Washington, with current and former officials arguing over who is to blame for the turmoil.
  • UN officials urge Iraqi leaders to come together to quickly address security crisis UN News Centre 17 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy in Iraq are urging the country's leaders to come together to address the rapidly deteriorating security situation and prevent sectarian reprisals amid the ongoing violence.
  • U.S. Congress Divided Over Working With Iran RFE/RL 17 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders on June 18 at the White House to discuss the situation in Iraq, with senators divided on whether to work with Iran to resolve the crisis.
  • WHO responds to worsened humanitarian situation in Iraq People's Daily 17 Jun 2014 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said it is working with local and international partners in Iraq to meet the urgent health needs of population affected by the ongoing crisis.
  • Iraqi forces repel attacks by ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 17 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi armed forces have repelled an attack by Takfiri terrorists on the central city of Baquba while the militants seize parts of Kirkuk.
  • Iran to help Iraq fight terror if requested: Official Iran Press TV 17 Jun 2014 -- A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic, if requested, will spare no effort to lend support to Iraq in the fight against Takfiri militants.
  • Iraq's al-Maliki Defies Call to Reach Out to Sunnis VOA 17 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide."
  • Iraq blames Saudi Arabia for 'promoting genocide' by backing Sunni militants VoR 17 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's Shi'ite-led cabinet blamed Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for promoting 'genocide' in Iraq by backing Sunni militants, in a statement which could exacerbate the sectarian polarization in the Middle East.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq The White House 16 Jun 2014
  • Obama Tells Congress US Deploying Up to 275 Troops to Iraq VOA 16 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama is sending 275 U.S. military personnel to Iraq to help provide security to the embassy in Baghdad and U.S. personnel.
  • Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary RADM John Kirby on DoD Support to US Embassy Baghdad DoD 16 Jun 2014 -- At the request of the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense continues to provide security assistance for embassy personnel inside Iraq.
  • Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby on the USS Mesa Verde DoD 16 Jun 2014
  • Iraq army retakes most parts of Tal Afar: Reports Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi army has retaken control of most districts in a strategic city in Nineveh province, local media reports say.
  • More videos show atrocities of ISIL militants in Iraq Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- More gruesome videos have been released showing atrocities of members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terror group in Iraq.
  • US could launch drone strikes in Iraq: Kerry Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says drone strikes "may well be" an option to help stop the al-Qaeda-linked militants' advance towards the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
  • Thousands of volunteers join Iraqi army to fight ISIL Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- Thousands of volunteers have signed up at recruitment centers across Iraq over the past few days as armed forces try to push back al-Qaeda-linked militants.
  • Iraq's Tal Afar not fallen to ISIL terrorists: Security sources Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security sources have rejected some media reports saying that the strategic town of Tal Afar has fallen to Takfiri militants.
  • Iran's border with Iraq has no security problem: Official Iran Press TV 16 Jun 2014 -- The Iranian Interior Ministry says there has been no security problem along Iran's border with Iraq since the Arab country's recent plunge into crisis by Takfiri terrorism.
  • UN condemns mass executions in Iraq, urges leaders to prevent sectarian reprisal UN News Centre 16 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the reported "cold-blooded" mass execution in Iraq in recent days, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the perpetrators of those crimes be brought to justice while also calling on Iraqi leaders to prevent sectarian reprisals.
  • Pentagon: No Plans to Consult Iran Over Possible Action in Iraq VOA 16 Jun 2014 -- The Pentagon is downplaying speculation about U.S. and Iranian military cooperation in Iraq, hours after Secretary of State John Kerry made the suggestion in an interview. A military spokesman told reporters Monday the U.S. is not planning to work with Iran militarily to protect its troubled neighbor
  • ISIL Militants' Photos of Iraqi Executions Expand Warfare VOA 16 Jun 2014 -- In releasing photos linked to an apparent massacre, the Islamic militants powering through northern Iraq have broadened their aggressions to another battlefield: social media.
  • ISIL Fighters Seize New Iraq City Amid Reports Of Massacre RFE/RL 16 Jun 2014 -- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) says it has seized another city in northern Iraq shortly after claiming to have massacred hundreds of Iraqi soldiers.
  • Dangerous Alliance: Shi'ite Militias Reinforce Iraqi Army RFE/RL 16 Jun 2014 -- As Sunni insurgents have made lightening gains in northern Iraq, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has welcomed volunteers to join the army in a drive to win back the government's lost territory.
  • Iraqi PM: Government Forces Winning Against Militants VOA 16 Jun 2014 -- Despite the loss of the town of Tal Afar, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister and his military spokesman continue to insist that government forces are winning the battle against Sunni militants in combat north of the capital. Despite the assurances, many foreign embassies have ordered the evacuation of personnel as fears grow over the possible fall of Baghdad.
  • US, Iran Reportedly Prepared for Direct Talks on Iraq VOA 16 Jun 2014 -- As international talks on Iran's nuclear program resume Monday in Vienna, the Obama administration is reportedly ready to open direct talks with Tehran on how they might blunt a Sunni militant offensive in Iraq. While one U.S. lawmaker indicated a need for Washington to work with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is reaching out to the international community, including Iraq's neighbors.
  • Islamists show captions of Iraq army's soldiers mass execution VoR 16 Jun 2014 -- The Islamic militants who seized cities in Iraq last week posted graphic photos allegedly showing their gunmen shooting scores of captured Iraqi army's soldiers, while the prime minister vowed Sunday to 'liberate every inch' of captured territory.
  • Iraq - Press Statement US Dept. of State 15 Jun 2014
  • Iraqi Government Prepares to Defend Baghdad VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- In a bid to reassure the situation is under control, Iraqi state TV shows video of hundreds of volunteers standing in front of a military recruiting station Sunday. They interviewed military commanders to reinforce the message that popular enthusiasm to fight Sunni militants from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is strong.
  • US Readies Options for Iraq Conflict VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- The United States is repositioning military assets closer to Iraq, as Baghdad braces for a possible attack by Sunni militants that have seized large swaths of territory in the country. Meanwhile in Washington, the risks and merits of some form of U.S. military intervention in Iraq is a topic of heated debate.
  • US committed to help Iraq in fight against militants: Kerry Iran Press TV 15 Jun 2014 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is committed to helping Iraq beat back al-Qaeda-linked militants who have vowed to march toward the capital, Baghdad.
  • Nearly 300 terrorists killed in Iraqi army operations Iran Press TV 15 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi military forces have killed nearly 300 Takfiri militants in separate attacks across the country as they get the upper hand in the battle against the militants.
  • U.S. Sends Carrier To Gulf, Urges New Iraqi Government RFE/RL 15 Jun 2014 -- Washington has sent an aircraft carrier into the Gulf to provide U.S. President Barack Obama with military options if the security situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate.
  • Iraq, ISIL Militants Clash Near Syrian Border VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- The insurgent offensive threatening Iraq spread to the northwest of the country on Sunday, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a town close to the Syrian border, yet Iraq claimed that its security forces had 'regained the initiative' after stalling the militants' march toward Baghdad.
  • Unrest in Iraq: premier appeals for unity in fight against insurgency VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday urged his compatriots to be united in fighting a widening Sunni-led insurgency as neighboring Iran offered to help stem the rebellion, DPA reports. 'We all belong to one country and one religion and shoulder the same responsibility,' the Shiite premier said in televised remarks from the central city of Samara.
  • US Orders USS George H.W. Bush to Gulf VOA 14 Jun 2014 -- The United States has ordered an aircraft carrier into the Gulf in response to the crisis in Iraq.
  • President says Iraqi nation capable of defending itself IRNA 14 Jun 2014 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iraqi nation is capable of defending itself.
  • Iraq armed forces regain control of several towns Iran Press TV 14 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's army has regained control over a number of towns in Salahuddin and Diyala provinces that Takfiri militants had overrun a few days ago.
  • Iraq set to launch offensive against ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 14 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi forces prepare to carry out a counter-offensive against the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in north of the capital, Baghdad.
  • Iraq's Maliki Vows to Defeat Militants VOA 14 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed again Saturday to defeat Sunni militants who have captured large chunks of territory north and west of the capital, Baghdad.
  • Convoy attack kills 8 guards in Iraq - senior Shiite cleric VoR 14 Jun 2014 -- Gunmen attacked the convoy of the deputy head of Iraq's Shiite religious endowment on Saturday, killing eight of his guards, the senior cleric said. Sheikh Sami al-Massudi said his convoy was ambushed near Ishaqi, a town north of Baghdad that was retaken from militants on Saturday, sparking hours-long clashes in which 10 guards were also wounded.
  • Iran considers cooperating with US in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq VoR 14 Jun 2014 -- Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq if Washington acts against them, President Hassan Rouhani told journalists Saturday. He was responding to questions of whether mutual interests in fighting terrorism could possibly bring together Tehran and Washington - traditional foes that have had no diplomatic relations in more than three decades.
  • Hagel Continues to Monitor Extremist Violence in Iraq AFPS 13 Jun 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues to monitor the situation in Iraq, where an armed militant extremist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has taken over several cities and routed segments of the Iraqi armed forces, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
  • Obama: No Ground Troops in Iraq VOA 13 Jun 2014 -- While promising to pursue diplomacy, U.S. President Barack Obama said Americans 'will do our part' to help Iraq confront the Islamic insurgents rampaging through that country.
  • ISIL's Rapid Advance Shocks Iraq, US VOA 13 Jun 2014 -- U.S. military planners are drawing up options to present to President Barack Obama to "break the momentum" of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL, as its fighters push toward Baghdad.
  • Statement by the President on Iraq The White House 13 Jun 2014
  • Obama: US Considering 'Range of Options' on Iraq VOA 13 Jun 2014 -- While promising to pursue diplomacy, U.S. President Barack Obama said Americans 'will do our part' to help Iraq confront the Islamic insurgents rampaging through that country.
  • Iraq Militants Make Strides, Shi'ite Cleric Issues Call to Arms VOA 13 Jun 2014 -- A crowd of Shi'ite worshipers in the iconic shrine city of Karbala applauded Friday, as senior cleric Abdel Mehdi al Karbalaie, representing Iraq's top Shi'ite spiritual leader Sheikh Ali Sistani, urged Iraqi citizens to volunteer and defend their country against Sunni ISIL militants:
  • UN: Iraq Bloodshed Is 'Alarming' VOA 13 Jun 2014 -- U.N. Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Iraq is alarming.
  • Obama Weighs Options for Intervention in Iraq AFPS 13 Jun 2014 -- Citing the "huge investments and sacrifices" Americans have made in Iraq, President Barack Obama said today that he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi security forces stop rapidly advancing Sunni insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, control most of Anbar province and are now threatening the capital, Baghdad.
  • More Iraqi volunteers help army to defend Baghdad Iran Press TV 13 Jun 2014 -- More Iraqi volunteers flock to recruitment centers in order to join the army in its fight against Takfiri militants, officials say.
  • Iraq boosts measures to confront ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 13 Jun 2014 -- Iraq is carrying out a new plan to protect the capital, Baghdad, against a major militant offensive pushing closer to the southern regions of the country.
  • Iraq troops clashing with Takfiris north of Baghdad Iran Press TV 13 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi armed forces are engaged in heavy clashes with Takfiri militants advancing on the city of Baquba, located north of Baghdad.
  • UK rules out military action in Iraq Iran Press TV 13 Jun 2014 -- The UK will not get militarily involved in Iraq to help contain the recent surge of violence by militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), British Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
  • Iran Enters The Fray In Iraq RFE/RL 13 Jun 2014 -- Iranian government officials including President Hassan Rohani have expressed readiness to help the government of their Iraqi ally, Nuri al-Maliki, fight the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) amid Western media reports that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has already dispatched forces to Iraq.
  • Iraq's Top Shi'ite Cleric Issues Call To Take Up Arms RFE/RL 13 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric has issued a call to take up arms after Sunni-led militants overran swathes of the country.
  • As Iraq's insurgency spreads beyond Mosul, UN rights chief 'alarmed' by reported abuses UN News Centre 13 Jun 2014 -- As insurgents continue to overrun parts of northern Iraq, the United Nations human rights chief expressed "extreme alarm" today at reports of summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and the massive displacement of some half a million people, many of whom are now in urgent need of shelter.
  • President Rouhani, Iraqi PM stress fighting terrorism IRNA 12 Jun 2014 -- President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki discussed the latest developments in Iran as well as the way for uprooting terrorism.
  • Obama: Iraq Needs More Help From U.S., International Community AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- Calling the situation in Iraq "clearly an emergency situation," President Barack Obama today said the Iraqi government will need more help from the United States and the international community to keep jihadists from getting a permanent foothold in the region.
  • Iraq: as militants advance, UN swings into action on political, humanitarian fronts UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- With Iraq facing "the most serious threats to its security in years," the top United Nations official in the country reiterated today the Organization's support for the Iraqi Government's efforts to combat terrorist groups in the wake of the crisis sparked by the militant takeover of key cities in the north.
  • Iraq Launches Airstrikes Against Islamist Forces VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi government forces carried out airstrikes Thursday against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The militant group seized several cities from the Iraqi army this week in a move that has caused alarm across the world. Analysts say the militants' advance has called into question the future of the Iraqi state.
  • Iran Concerned by Turmoil in Iraq VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Iran says it will fight terrorism in neighboring Iraq following the quick capture of several Iraqi cities this week by the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Q&A with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim: Peshmerga to Stay 'As Long as Necessary' VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- The security situation in Iraq continued its lightening deterioration Thursday as Kurdish forces swept into the strategic northern city of Kirkuk after government troops fled attacks by al-Qaida-linked Sunni insurgents.
  • Iraq Militants Threaten Move on Baghdad VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Islamist Sunni militants are threatening to advance on Iraq's capital, pushing to within 100 kilometers to the north, after seizing several other key cities in a blow to the country's Shi'ite-led government.
  • US Reaction: Obama Looking at All Options to Confront Iraq Insurgency VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he is looking at all options in helping the Iraqi government face down a growing insurgency.
  • UN Security Council to Meet on Iraq Crisis VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- The U.N. Security Council meets Thursday to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, as the United States promises new aid to the beleaguered Baghdad central government.
  • US considers all the options in Iraq VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- US President Barack Obama said Thursday that his national security team was 'looking at all the options' as the crisis in Iraq unfolds, with Arab jihadists pushing towards Baghdad.
  • Turkey says negotiating for release of 80 hostages held by Islamist in Iraq VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- Turkey is negotiating for the release of 80 nationals held by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and cannot confirm reports that some of them have been freed, government officials said on Thursday. 'There are reports in the media about our citizens being released but we can't confirm these reports at this stage,' a Turkish official said. 'We have been holding negotiations since yesterday to secure our citizens and these negotiations are still ongoing.'
  • Kurds in full control of oil city Kirkuk after Iraqi army flees VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- Kurdish forces are in full control of Iraq's oil-rich city of Kirkuk after the federal Iraqi army abandoned its bases there, a Kurdish military spokesman said on Thursday. Kirkuk is a city located at the heart of a long-running dispute between the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurds, who run their own autonomous region in the north of the country and have an armed militia called the 'peshmerga'.
  • U.S. Officials Watching Events in Iraq Closely AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- As Sunni militants advance on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Pentagon officials say they are watching events in the country closely and will continue to help Iraqi security forces build their defensive capacity.
  • Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced IRIN 12 Jun 2014 -- Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days.
  • Iran shall not brook violence in Iraq: Rouhani Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Iran's president says the Islamic Republic will not tolerate violence and terror as foreign-backed Takfiri militants wreak havoc in northern Iraq.
  • Iraq to cooperate with Kurds to retake Mosul: Iraqi FM Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad is set to work with the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to push the militants out of the northern city of Mosul.
  • Sen. Graham calls for air strikes on Iraq Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham has called on US President Barack Obama to authorize airstrikes in Iraq in order to halt the progress of al-Qaeda groups.
  • ISIL To Implement Shari'a Law In Areas Under Its Control RFE/RL 12 Jun 2014 -- The Islamic State Of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) says it will start implementing strict Shari'a law in Mosul and other areas of Iraq it has overrun.
  • Refugees From Mosul Wonder When To Go Back RFE/RL 12 Jun 2014 -- Aliya Muhammad says she and her family fled Mosul to save their lives when the Sunni fundamentalist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) routed the Iraqi Army in three days of fighting on June 6-9.
  • Falling Fast: Iraqi Army Flees Militant Assault In North RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi militants have seized two provincial capitals in two days as they continue a lightning offensive that is almost effortlessly removing a wide swath of northern Iraq from government control.
  • Tikrit Overrun; Turkish Diplomatic Staff Said Kidnapped In Mosul RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- Reports say Al-Qaeda-linked militants have seized the Turkish Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and kidnapped members of the diplomatic mission.
  • U.S. Worried About Security Situation In Iraq, Offers Help RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- The United States has expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Iraq and pledged 'any appropriate assistance' to the Iraqi government.
  • Iraq: UN chief, Security Council deplore kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in Mosul UN News Centre 11 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today deplored the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while the United Nations humanitarian arm reported that hundreds of thousands of people have fled the area amid rising violence.
  • US Pledges to Help Iraq Repel Militants VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- With security in Iraq quickly deteriorating, the United States on Wednesday pledged 'any appropriate assistance' to help the Iraqi government fend off a rapid military advance by Islamist militants.
  • ISIS Takeover in Mosul Displaces Thousands VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- The extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized control of the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city on June 6. Three days later, Iraqi security forces retreated, leaving the entire city in the hands of the jihadis. According to the U.N., up to half a million people have fled the city, raising concerns over a new humanitarian crisis.
  • ISIL militants capture city of Tikrit in Iraq Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security officials say militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized control of the central Iraqi city of Tikrit.
  • ISIL storms Turkey's Mosul consulate, kidnaps staff Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
  • Iraq to take tough action against militants: Maliki Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's premier promises his country will take tough action against the al-Qaeda-linked militants who have taken control of the northern province of Nineveh.
  • Syria ready to help Iraq fight terrorism: Ministry Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government says it is prepared to help Baghdad in its fight against terrorism, a day after the takeover of Iraq's Mosul by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
  • Iran steps up security along borders: Official Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Iran has intensified security measures along its borders amid escalating terrorist attacks in neighboring countries, says a top Iranian official.
  • Iraqi Security Officials: Militants Seize Tikrit VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Islamist militants, advancing across parts of northern Iraqi, have seized the city of Tikrit and forced as many as 500,000 people to flee.
  • Iraq Government Loss of Mosul Poses Wider Implications VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Analysts warn the Iraqi government's loss of the country's second-largest city, Mosul, to an al-Qaida splinter group poses a threat not just to Iraq, but the wider Middle East region. U.S. officials acknowledge a serious deterioration of the security situation and urge the Shi'ite-dominated Baghdad government to reach out to the country's disgruntled minority populations.
  • Militants seize 48, including Turkish consul, children in Iraq's Mosul VoR 11 Jun 2014 -- Militants stormed the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday and kidnapped 48 people including the head of the diplomatic mission, a Turkish government official said. '48 Turks including the consul, staff members, guards and three children were abducted,' the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'All are doing well,' the official said. The kidnappings came a day after the Mosul consulate said fighters from the powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized 28 Turkish truck drivers.
  • Syrian gov't ready to help Iraq fight jihadist terror VoR 11 Jun 2014 -- The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday it is willing to help Baghdad in the fight against 'terrorism,' a day after jihadists overran Iraq's second city Mosul. 'The foreign-backed terrorism that our brothers in Iraq are facing is the same that is targeting Syria,' said the foreign ministry.
  • Iraq's second city seized by jihadists VoR 11 Jun 2014 -- Jihadists overrun Iraq's second city of Mosul and string of Sunni Arab northern towns on Tuesday. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki asks parliament to declare state of emergency and announces government to arm citizens to fight jihadists and their allies. 'All of Nineveh province fell into hands of militants,' parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi says to journalists in Baghdad. Gunmen are heading south towards neighboring Salaheddin province, he added.
  • Militants' Brazen Attack On Mosul And What It Means For Iraq RFE/RL 10 Jun 2014 -- Militants believed to be associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized key buildings in Iraq's northern city of Mosul late on June 9, taking over the provincial capital's headquarters and other administrative buildings after military and police forces abandoned their positions. Here is what we know about the group and what the attack could mean for Iraq:
  • U.S. Condemns ISIL Assault on Mosul US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2014
  • Iraq: amid rising violence, Ban urges political leaders to show unity in face of threats UN News Centre 10 Jun 2014 -- Urging all political leaders in Iraq to show national unity against the myriad threats facing the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed grave concern about the "serious deterioration" of security in Mosul, and condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks that have left scores of dead and wounded in Iraq's northern and eastern provinces.
  • Iraq premier calls for state of emergency Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi prime minister has asked the parliament to declare a state of emergency after extremist militants took control of the northern province of Nineveh.
  • Islamic Militants Take Control Of Iraq's Mosul RFE/RL 10 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is asking parliament to declare a state of emergency after Al-Qaeda-linked militants seized control of one of the largest cities in the country.
  • Islamic Militants Seize Mosul From Iraq Government Forces VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi government is calling for parliament to declare a state of emergency, after militants from the al Qaida-affiliated 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' seized control of most of the northern city of Mosul and Nineveh Province.
  • Militants seize eastern part of Iraqi city of Mosul VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Insurgents have taken over the eastern part of Iraq's northern city of Mosul following days of heavy clashes with government forces, according to residents who escaped the area and spoke on Tuesday. The provincial council and some security offices are located in the eastern part of the city.
  • Double Bombing Kills 18 in Iraq VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi officials say a double bombing outside a Kurdish party office has killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 65 others.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Launch Assault To Free Ramadi Hostages RFE/RL 07 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have launched an assault to free students and staff taken hostage by gunmen at the university campus in Ramadi.
  • Iraq: Security Council supports political, security, humanitarian action for restive Anbar UN News Centre 06 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council has stressed its support for the engagement of all political groups in Iraq, where nearly 800 people fell victim to violence last month, on concerted efforts to ensure security for its entire population, particularly in Anbar province, which has been embattled for months.
  • Iraqi forces repel Samarra terror attack Iran Press TV 05 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi forces in the city of Samarra have foiled an effort by a notorious al-Qaeda-link terrorist group to wage an attack on one of the holiest sites of Shia Muslims.
  • Iraq attacks kill 21, injure dozens: Official Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- At least 21 people have been killed and dozens injured in a series of attacks across Iraq, security and hospital officials say.
  • Wave of attacks all across Iraq leaves 20 dead VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- A wave of attacks across Iraq, including twin car bombs in an ethnically mixed tinderbox city, killed 20 people Wednesday as a year-long surge of violence showed no signs of let-up.
  • More than 2,200 Iraqis killed, injured in May - UN confirms UN News Centre 02 Jun 2014 -- Nearly 800 people were killed in Iraq during the month of May, the majority of them civilians, the United Nations mission in the country has confirmed, urging political leaders to form an inclusive government within the constitutionally mandated time frame and to find a sustainable solution to the situation in Anbar.
  • 22 killed as Iraq forces clash with militants in Anbar Province Iran Press TV 02 Jun 2014 -- At least 22 people have been killed in violent confrontations between the army and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq's Anbar Province.



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