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WASHINGTON, Sept 21- As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines.
Warnings of a massacre in northern Syria indicate that it's time for the US to attack ISIL, says former State Dept. adviser David Phillips.
PARIS— Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.
*Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.
HRH Turki al Faisal, chairman at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, says the U.S. should not reveal its tactics to militants in Iraq.
CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi reports from Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is expected to see a record number of people going to the polls.
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.
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.
NBC's Ayman Moyheldin reports on the latest U.S. efforts to help the Iraqi government win back its territory seized by ISIS.
CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses the challenges in defeating Islamic State militants due to the mistrust of the U.S. from Middle Eastern countries.
*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.
Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.
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.
"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.
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.
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.