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  • A burned Iraqi army vehicle on a street after clashes between followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi and ISIL in Karbala. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon: No Iraq invasion unless U.S. homeland is threatened

    The Pentagon came as close as it has to date on Thursday to identifying a red line that would need to be crossed for the Obama administration to justify an aggressive U.S. military attack on the al Qaeda-inspired extremists who have declared a new Islamic state spanning the border between Syria and Iraq.

  • FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Moderate Syrian rebels are buckling under the onslaught of the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Some rebels are giving up the fight, crippled by lack of weapons and frustrated with the power of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Other, more hard-line Syrian fighters are bending to the winds and joining the radicals. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

    Iraq sends in helicopter gunships, launches operation to take back Tikrit from ISIL

    Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country.

  • Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. Tensions in the country have heated up as the extremist ISIL group has allied with more moderate, secular Sunni militant groups, many of whom are not even targets of U.S. operations. (associated press)

    Sunni secularists blur picture of ISIL; targets for airstrikes hard to see

    The surge of an al Qaeda splinter group in Iraq over the past month has depended heavily on support from more secular Sunni factions in the nation, which challenges the Obama administration's policy of making distinctions between extremists and moderate militants in the region.

  • Two Iraqi divisions dissolved, Gen. Dempsey tells Senate panel

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told lawmakers Wednesday that two entire Iraqi military divisions — roughly 60,000 troops — once trained by U.S. soldiers, simply dissolved in northern Iraq last week and in some cases even joined forces with advancing Sunni extremists militants in the nation.

  • Volunteers train at a military base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, on Tuesday after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Signs emerged of a reprisal of a sectarian slaughter in Iraq. Police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen detainees after insurgents tried to storm a prison northeast of Baghdad. (Associated Press)

    Iraqi Shiites take a stand against Sunni extremists heading for Baghdad

    The Sunni extremist militants rampaging through northern Iraq faced fierce gunbattles against forces aligned with Iraq's Shiite prime minister roughly 40 miles northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, as evidence emerged of mounting sectarian and reprisal violence between the nation's divided Muslim populations.

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 31, 2004 file photo, people chant anti-American slogans as charred bodies hang from a bridge over the Euphrates River in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad. Enraged Iraqis in this hotbed of anti-Americanism killed four foreigners Wednesday, and took the charred bodies from a burning SUV, dragged them through the streets, and hung them from the bridge. In 2014, the city's fall to al-Qaida-linked forces has touched a nerve for the service members who fought and bled there. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraq War veterans mourn losses of hard-fought gains in Fallujah

    Robert Reynolds chokes up when asked to recall what it was like to be among U.S. forces who routed al Qaeda-linked fighters from the western Iraqi city of Fallujah a decade ago.

  • 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.

  • A gunman takes aim at a burned army truck during clashes with Iraqi security forces on the outskirts of Fallujah on Sunday. Insurgents have made significant gains in the Sunni stronghold of Anbar province, including cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. (Associated Press)

    U.S. troops prevented from helping even as al Qaeda overruns Iraqi cities

    The U.S. has inserted 200 troops in Iraq since 2012, but they cannot directly help the Iraqi military repel a surge of al Qaeda fighters, even as the country succumbs to sectarian violence and insurgents claim control of two key cities.

  • Signs of American influence on the Iraqi military - including U.S.-made M-16 assault rifles - are unmistakable. Years of training hopefully have given them the skills needed to defend their country and the professionalism to do it differently than Saddam Hussein's forces did. (Associated Press)

    Iraqis unable to defend their borders

    After billions of dollars and nearly nine years of training, U.S. troops are leaving behind an Iraqi security force arguably capable of providing internal security but unprepared to defend the nation against foreign threats at a time of rising tensions throughout the Middle East.

  • Hoshyar Zebari

    Iraqi sees 'void' if U.S. troops withdraw in '11

    Iraq's most senior military official warned Wednesday that the planned pullout of U.S. forces at the end of next year might be premature, as the White House said it was keeping to its schedule for removing troops from the war-torn country.

  • Home-front service attracts Iraq enlistees


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