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  • Europe pledges aid, equipment to help Iraq

    LONDON (AP) — Europe stepped up support Tuesday for thousands of people fleeing Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq, pledging helicopters, more air drops, money and equipment to ease suffering and bolster fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Britain promised to send a small number of...

  • Iraq's PM-designate faces challenges ahead

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The choice of Haider al-Abadi to become Iraq's next prime minister, a move that would end Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule, came as a surprise to many Iraqis. He was not among the best-known members of the Baghdad political elite, nor an obvious choice to replace the embattled...

  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

    MALIKIYA, Syria (AP) — In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi...

  • HRW: Likely crimes against humanity in Egypt

    CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that Egypt's security forces likely committed crimes against humanity when it crushed Islamist protests last year, comparing the bloodshed to China's Tiananmen Square massacre and calling for a U.N. investigation into the role of President...

  • Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A Russian-built Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot, said the army spokesman. Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said in a statement that Iraqi...

  • Iran voices support for new Iraqi PM designate

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian official offered his congratulations Tuesday to the Iraqi politician nominated to replace incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, suggesting key Iranian support for a new leader in Baghdad. As the Iraqi premier fights to keep his job, Ali Shamkhani,...

  • Egypt's leader in Russia for talks on arms, trade

    MOSCOW (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi focused on boosting trade and military cooperation on his first presidential visit to Russia, where he was greeted with a display of weapons right upon arrival. Russia has signaled its desire to expand ties with Egypt, an important U.S....

  • US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The U.S. Central Command issued a brief statement saying the Tuesday morning attack targeted a mortar position that was firing on members of...

  • Israel OK's gay Jews to immigrate with spouses

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. In a directive publicized Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples. Israeli law...

  • Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west. The showdown came as the United States...

  • Whatever it takes to defeat the Islamic State must be done now

    Just as early diagnosis and treatment enhances survival from a life-threatening disease, so does confronting terrorists on their territory improve chances of avoiding more attacks on the West.

  • In Iraq, Obama launches another drive-by war

    President Obama says he doesn't take lightly the decision to launch air attacks on Iraq -- but you couldn't tell that from the way he launched the attack.

  • Four reasons Obama's airstrikes won't solve Iraq's ISIS problem

    When it comes to Iraq, President Obama is very much the reluctant warrior.

  • John Boehner supports airstrikes but 'dismayed' by Obama's Iraq policies

    Boehner accused the president of being "disengaged" despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress and even members of its own administration of the growing threat posed by ISIS.

  • Obama's narrow, specific, extremely limited action in Iraq

    In the president's first sentence Wednesday night, he stressed that he was authorizing two, and only two, actions.



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