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  • How to make Obama's strategy to fight ISIL work Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:37 PM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    Here's what could help make Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State work, says former State Dept. adviser David Phillips.

  • *Sellers say holding talks with China on Kurdish oil sales. *A China deal could hurt Baghdad's efforts to halt trades.

  • Iraq's oil output revival at stake for want of water Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    DUBAI, Sept 17- A lack of water threatens Iraq's plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia. A multi-billion dollar common seawater injection scheme designed to boost production from the giant export oilfields in Iraq's south is snarled up in red tape and acrimony.

  • *Paris conference supports military action in Iraq, no mention of Syria. PARIS/ DUBAI, Sept 15- Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- World powers backed military measures on Monday to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge next door in Syria.

  • *France sends fighter jets for reconnaissance mission over Iraq. PARIS, Sept 15- French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    The Islamic State group has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries, analysts say. It is selling oil and other goods through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some of the same governments it is fighting: Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.

  • War over the word 'war'     Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd discusses the U.S.'s plan to handle ISIS and whether we are at "war" with the group.

  • *Russia says air strikes would be aggression. BEIRUT, Sept 11- By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar al-Assad's major enemies. The U.S. strategy for tackling Islamic State in Syria is unlikely to yield quick results.

  • Swan backs Obama's new plans to fight ISIS     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    Wayne Swan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, says U.S. President Obama has put together practical measures, careful not to repeat the mistakes of his predecessor.

  • Obama's ISIS objectives     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reports from Iraq on the threat of ISIS, and the strategy of the U.S. to disarm the terrorist group.

  • Opportunity for Turkey: Gen. Eaton     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Retired U.S. Army Major General Paul D. Eaton, shares his view of President Obama's strategies against ISIS, and the opportunity for other countries to step up.

  • Oil up & attracting foreign investment: Pritzker     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, provides her view on oil production in the U.S., the economy and corporate America.

  • Obama late to Syria: Expert     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    Former U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt, weighs in on President Obama's ISIS strategy. Kimmitt says had Obama been prepared to move forces into Syria it would have been easier to put a coalition together.

  • BAGHDAD/ DUBAI, Sept 11- Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate.

  • Obama: 'Systematic campaign' against ISIS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes 'wherever they exist', Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with 'partner forces' on the ground in Syria and Iraq.

    Although he stressed he would not put troops in combat roles there, Obama announced that he is sending another 475 service members to Iraq.

  • What is Obama's gameplan against ISIS?     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    Daniel Serwer, Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, outlines his expectations ahead of U.S. President Obama's speech on Wednesday.

  • It's decision time now for Obama on ISIS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:19 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    While experts differed on what Obama should say, they cautioned against drawing any bright lines for future military involvement.

  • What's in a name? A lot, with the name 'Isis' Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    Many are saying the name Isis is being tarnished and want more media outlets to use "ISIL"—which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—when referring to the terrorist group.

    Most media outlets refer to the violent terrorist group as "ISIS" rather than "ISIL." Some people don't like that.