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Kerry denies Obama has been too passive in Iraq

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry is brushing aside criticism of Obama administration Middle East policy, taking exception to assertions Washington has been doing too little to combating the s



Jihadists win headlines, but coalition behind Iraq drive

BAGHDAD: A brutal jihadist group has garnered headlines for an Iraq onslaught, but it is actually the leading member of a fragile Sunni coalition including Saddam loyalists and others unified only by



Iraq’s oil exports mostly unaffected by violence so far

Part of Iraq’s biggest oil refinery was in flames on Wednesday. What is happening?



Official: 150 Australians fighting in Syria, Iraq

CANBERRA, Australia: Around 150 Australians have fought with radical militants in Syria and Iraq, raising government fears of a terrorist threat to Australia if the fighters return home, the foreign m



Biden praises Iraqi leaders for unity against ISIL

BOGOTA, Colombia: Vice President Joe Biden is praising Iraq’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders for showing solidarity against Al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents who have plunged Iraq into violence.



On edge of Kirkuk, peshmerga prepare to fight again for Kurdistan

MULLAH ABDULLAH, Iraq: Under a bridge, 40 men from the Iraqi police and Kurdish peshmerga fighters take cover from the sun and the occasional mortar fired from across the river that marks one front in



Abducted Indian workers in Iraq ‘promised freedom’

NEW DELHI: Several families of 40 Indian construction workers abducted in strife-torn northern Iraq say they have spoken with the men, whose captors claim they will be freed unharmed, reports said Thu



Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

WASHINGTON: The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

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