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  • Kerry lands in Baghdad as insurgency spreads Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 4:24 AM ET

    John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Monday to press the Prime Minister to form a more inclusive government in response to a Sunni insurgency.

  • Kerry in Cairo for talks over Iraq Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 5:11 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat which the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East.

  • Militants take Iraq-Syria border town Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | 11:53 PM ET
    Town of al-Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border

    Sunni fighters have seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, security sources said, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers a century ago in a campaign to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

  • Rep. Coffman: No military solution in Iraq  Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    As al-Qaeda gains ground in Iraq, Rep. Mike Coffman, (R-Colo.), discusses the growing terror threat for the U.S. and what John Kerry should do when he meets with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • Why US advisors are doomed to fail in Iraq Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division go over last minute details before going out on the U.S. military's last combat patrol in the country, at Camp Adder on December 16, 2011 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

    The U.S. has dispatched similar teams around the world and they have been unable to affect outcomes. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • Obama to send 300 military advisors to Iraq  Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 6:07 AM ET

    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.

  • Oil spiked as Obama addressed Iraq crisis  Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    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.

  • Obama on Iraq: Ready for 'targeted and precise' action Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 1:44 PM ET
    President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq on June 19, 2014.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.