Iraq

Iran dramatically shifts Iraq policy to confront Islamic State

BAGHDAD - As pressure built up for Nouri al Maliki to step down from the prime minister post in Iraq last month, Iran, his most ardent supporter stayed surprisingly silent as top Iranian officials worked to get him out.

Relatives of captured Iraqi soldiers storm parliament - witnesses

BAGHDAD - More than 100 relatives of Iraqi soldiers captured by Islamic State fighters broke into parliament armed with sticks, metal bars and stones on Tuesday to demand news of them, witnesses said.

World, 02 Sep 2014

Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit

SYDNEY - Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger role in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine.

World, Syria, 02 Sep 2014

Iranians play role in breaking IS siege of Iraqi town

AMERLI Iraq - Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militiamen paraded through Amerli on Monday, a day after breaking the two-month siege of the northern town by Sunni Islamist militants.

World, 02 Sep 2014

Saudi court jails 17 for seeking to fight in Iraq - SPA

DUBAI - A Saudi Arabian court jailed 17 men for up to 26 years on Monday for seeking to fight in Iraq and funding militants, official media reported, part of a security crackdown in which scores have been imprisoned in recent weeks.

World, 02 Sep 2014

Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August - U.N

BAGHDAD - At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August as sectarian violence raged in the country's centre and north, the United Nations said on Monday.

World, 02 Sep 2014

Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August - U.N.

BAGHDAD - At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August as sectarian violence raged in the country's centre and north, the United Nations said on Monday.

World, 02 Sep 2014

U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

GENEVA - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

World, 01 Sep 2014

Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population.

World, 01 Sep 2014

As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

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, armored cars and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.

World, 01 Sep 2014