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  • FILE - This Sept. 21, 2008, file photo shows Iranian basij paramilitary volunteers, affiliated to the elite Revolutionary Guard, attending a parade ceremony, marking the 28th anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran.

    Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq's fight against ISIL

    A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say.


  • Gen. David H. Petraeus

    Not Surprised: Gen David Petraeus saw rise of ISIL, Sunni Islamist in Iraq, coming

    The former four-star general who led the U.S. troop surge that largely quelled the Iraqi insurgency says he is unsurprised by the return and success of a Sunni Islamist group even more extreme than al Qaeda.


  • FILE - This June 21, 2007 file photo show a MQ-4 Predator controlled by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron stands on the tarmac at Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad, Iraq.  A Pentagon official says the U.S. has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. civilians and military forces in the Iraqi capital. The official said the flights started in the last 24 to 48 hours to bolster manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights the military has been sending over violence-wracked Iraq in recent weeks. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the new flights on the record. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

    U.S. flying armed drones over Iraq: Pentagon

    The Pentagon has begun flying armed drones over Iraq to provide protection to U.S. troops on the ground while they assess the capabilities of the Iraqi army, which is currently engaged in a land war with armed Sunni militants.


  • NAPOLITANO: When another Iraq war is pointless

    As we watch the collapsing government in Baghdad, surrounded by a highly disciplined and serious force of Sunni-oriented fighters that has taken control of the most populous third of the country, we must, in John Adams' words, resist the temptation to slay the world's monsters.


  • Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Basra. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north.  (associated press)

    5,000 Iranians volunteer to defend Iraq holy sites from ISIL militants

    More than 5,000 Iranians have pledged to defend Shiite Muslim holy sites in Iraq against Sunni militants who are fighting the Iraqi government, the Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.


  • ** FILE ** Iraqi Shiite Muslims venerate Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a man of influence in Iraq who is revered as well as by Shiites around the world. He is now 81 years old and has lived in seclusion for years. (Associated Press)

    Top Shiite cleric calls on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni militants

    The battle lines for sectarian war in Iraq appeared to harden Friday as the nation's most-revered Shiite Muslim cleric called on all Iraqis to take up arms against the al Qaeda-inspired Sunni extremists who have seized control of several Iraqi cities and towns this week.


  • REFUGEES: Iraqis fleeing Mosul arrive at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad following an al Qaeda breakaway group's takeover of their home city. An estimated half a million fled Iraq's second-largest city. (associated press)

    Gains by al Qaeda group in Iraq spark fears of a decade's progress lost

    Sunni militants swept rapidly Wednesday toward Iraq's capital, Baghdad, facing almost no resistance as they wrested control of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Iraqi forces — part of a fast-moving advance prompting fresh concern in Washington that hard-fought gains during nearly a decade of U.S. occupation of the Mideast country are slipping away.


  • Speaking out: Lukman Faily, Iraqi ambassador to the United States, says the Obama administration is not as engaged in his country's future as was the Bush administration, but adds that sectarian divisions are not about to erupt into civil war. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Iraqi diplomat wants Obama engagement in al Qaeda crisis

    NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Iraq's ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn't fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor.


  • White House press secretary Jay Carney listens at left, as White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    U.S. walks tightrope by handing arms to Shiite-led Iraq

    The Obama administration's decision to provide drones and accelerate shipments of U.S. missiles to Iraq to help in the fight against resurgent al Qaeda-linked extremists added a fresh layer of complexity Monday to an already difficult relationship between Washington and the Shiite Muslim-dominated government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


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