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CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports U.S. Secretary Kerry is headed to Iraq after President Obama announced he is sending support to help battle Sunni insurgency.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the U.S. intelligence is developing more information about potential ISIL targets and going forward will be prepared to take military action if necessary.
WASHINGTON, June 19- President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency. Obama said American forces would not be returning to combat in Iraq.
The U.S. is prepared to send up to 300 new American military advisers to bolster the ranks of those already in Iraq, the president said.
"This is going to burn for a long time," said Kenneth Pollack, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and a former CIA Iraq military analyst.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports gas prices are creeping higher as Iraq's largest oil refinery comes under attack by Sunni militants.
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 has asked the U.S. to stage air attacks on Sunni Muslim insurgents, according to a top American general.
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.