BAGHDAD— Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.» Read More
WASHINGTON, June 13- Two and a half years after President Barack Obama disentangled America from a long, unpopular war in Iraq, his options for helping the Iraqi government stave off a militant onslaught are slim as doubts simmer over whether even punishing air strikes would be effective.
WASHINGTON, June 13- President Barack Obama said on Friday he needs several days to determine how the United States will help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, but he ruled out sending U.S. troops back into combat and said any intervention would be contingent on Iraqi leaders becoming more involved.
WASHINGTON, June 13- President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself.
BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up arms against a full-blown Sunni militant insurgency to topple Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, escalating a conflict that threatens civil war and a possible break-up of the country.
*Iraq's most senior cleric urges followers to fight. BAGHDAD, June 13- Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urged his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against a relentless advance by Sunni militants, in a sharp escalation of a conflict which is threatening civil war and the potential break-up of the country.
BAGHDAD/ ARBIL, June 12- Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.
Iraq has been absent from the global agenda for years – but now the very existence of the state is being called into question.
The Taliban has released the video of Bowe Bergdahl's release. NBC's Steve Handelsman reports on the spotlight it is shining on the Obama Administration.
*Japan home to 110 active volcanoes. TOKYO, June 4- In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.
OBAMA SAYS MOST DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA AND WORLD IS TERRORISM, PARTICULARLY FROM DECENTRALIZED AL QAEDA AFFILIATES AND EXTREMISTS- TEXT.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair says ensuring security in areas shaken by extremism starts with rooting out "poisonous" ideologies.
NEW DELHI, May 27- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to old adversary Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday, telling his counterpart in a rare meeting that Islamabad must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.
NEW DELHI, May 27- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to traditional neighboring foe Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday that it must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.
General Khalifa Haftar, once scorned in the North African country, is now the man to watch, after starting a massive military offensive on May 16.
*Huge task for Poroshenko to square pro-West move with Moscow.
CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on the lastest details about the blast in China's western region of Xinjiang that killed an estimated 31 people.
BEIJING, May 22- China has the confidence and capacity to crack down on terrorism, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular briefing. Blasts early on Thursday at a market in Urumqi, the capital of the western region of Xinjiang, killed 31 and injured 94, state media reported.
BEIJING, May 22- A deadly blast that hit the capital of China's western region of Xinjiang on Thursday is a "serious violent terrorist incident", China's Ministry of Public Security said. There were major casualties in the blast, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Sisi warns Syria risks becoming another Afghanistan. *Says will take Egypt two years to recover from turmoil. CAIRO, May 15- Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted an elected Islamist president and is set to become Egypt's next head of state, called on the United States to help fight jihadi terrorism to avoid the creation of new Afghanistans in the Middle East.
The U.S. federal government has a contingency plan in the event zombies ever overrun the country, according to Foreign Policy Magazine.