Iraq

Germany to send Iraqi Kurds enough weapons for 4,000 fighters

BERLIN - Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances threaten to destabilise the Middle East, the defence minister said on Sunday.

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Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy 31 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

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Insight - As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter 31 Aug 2014

BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON - After their lightning takeover in June, flag-waving Islamic State militants paraded through the captured Iraqi city of Mosul in looted U.S.-built Humvees, armoured cars and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.

U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S. - lawmaker 31 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday.

Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda 31 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Some young Muslims are attracted to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because of its brutality, which makes it appear "more authentic" than al Qaeda, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said in an interview on Sunday.

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town 30 Aug 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said.

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U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State - Kerry 30 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilising the region and beyond.

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Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day 29 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department has spent more than $500 million on the conflict.

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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq 29 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. | Video

Syrian accused of making detonators with U.S. parts faces Arizona court 29 Aug 2014

- A Syrian man accused of procuring and assembling American-made electronic parts for roadside bombs used in attacks on U.S. military forces in Iraq made his first U.S. court appearance on Thursday in Arizona and pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges.