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  • Iraq war: Here are the worst and best scenarios Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    "This is going to burn for a long time," said Kenneth Pollack, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and a former CIA Iraq military analyst.

  • US handling of Iraq is a 'fiasco': Haass Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Iraqi Shiite men brandish their weapons as they show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 18, 2014, in the capital Baghdad.

    Any military intervention in Iraq is unlikely to bring peace, says former U.S. diplomat Richard Haass.

  • *Iraq asks United States for air support vs insurgents. NEW YORK, June 19- Brent crude hit a nine-month high near $115 a barrel Thursday, as concerns that ongoing violence in Iraq could limit oil supply from OPEC's second-biggest producer.

  • How the US lost billions of dollars in Iraq Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 11:05 AM ET
    In this file photo, a man stands in a sewage-filled street in Fallujah, Iraq, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad. Ten years and $60 billion in taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild it were worth the cost.

    The U.S. has sent billions in assistance--but a large portion has been squandered or disappeared. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • BRUSSELS, June 19- The hardline Islamist group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq is probably training and directing foreign fighters to carry out attacks in Europe and elsewhere, the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator said on Thursday.

  • Iraq urges US airstrikes     Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports it's still unclear who is in control of the Baiji oil refinery, and the Iraqi government is expressing frustration over the reluctance of the U.S. to launch air strikes against Sunni militants.

  • Iraq's new normal     Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    I think Iraq will be a messy place for years to come, says Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations president, discussing the likely outcome if the Iraqi government loses the Baiji refinery to insurgents and how the U.S. should respond to the crisis in Iraq.

  • Iraq bondholders eye default risk as conflict escalates Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    LONDON, June 19- Escalating conflict in Iraq is making holders of the country's international debt nervous about whether they will get repaid. Advances by Sunni insurgents across northern Iraq and the emergence of an increasingly viable Kurdish state have got investors worried that Iraq could split.

  • US flying 24/7 recon missions over Iraq: NBC     Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports that it is becoming increasingly clear that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will struggle to retain his job. Caruso-Cabrera also has the latest on the likelihood of U.S air strikes in the region.

  • Time for al-Maliki to go?     Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    NBC's Richard Engel reports on news that the U.S. wants Iraqi policymakers to form a new government without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • *Iraq asks United States for air support vs insurgents. LONDON, June 19- Brent crude hit a nine-month high near $115 a barrel on Thursday on concerns heavy fighting in Iraq could limit oil supply from OPEC's second-biggest producer.

  • Baiji refinery offline; gas lines form in Iraq     Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports gas prices are creeping higher as Iraq's largest oil refinery comes under attack by Sunni militants.

  • Exxon Mobil evacuating staff from Iraq: Report     Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 6:08 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the ongoing crisis in Iraq as black flags fly over Baiji.

  • *Iraq asks United States for air support vs insurgents. LONDON, June 19- Brent crude hit a nine-month high near $115 a barrel on Thursday on concerns heavy fighting in Iraq could limit oil supply from OPEC's second-biggest producer. Brent was up 10 cents at $114.36 a barrel by 0940 GMT, after reaching an intraday peak of $114.80, its highest since Sept. 9.

  • Iraq asks US for air support to counter rebels Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 3:55 PM ET
    File photo of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, which is currently enroute to Persian Gulf.

    Iraq has asked the U.S. to stage air attacks on Sunni Muslim insurgents, according to a top American general.

  • Gen. McCaffrey: Not much US can do     Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    Iraq is likely to continue to come apart in a sectarian war, says Gen. Barry McCaffrey, discussing the reality on the ground in Iraq and explaining why he thinks the conflict is a long-term threat to the United States. McCaffrey says the ability of the U.S. military to influence events in this conflict is limited.

  • Exxon Mobil Iraq operations threatened?     Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    Exxon Mobil has declined to comment on reports that they are carrying out mass evacuations in Iraq. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the latest on the violence.

  • Iraq: Baiji refinery center of strife     Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    Sunni militants have attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Militants attack Iraq refinery; 40 workers kidnapped Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    Assailants have kidnapped 40 Indian construction workers from Iraq's Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week, India's foreign ministry said.

  • ISIS targets Iraq infrastructure     Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NBC's Richard Engel reports on the latest round of violence in Iraq as President Obama rules out immediate air strikes and Iran's Rouhani announces his country will not hesitate to protect holy sites in Iraq.