Middle East Turmoil


  • Iraq: Al-Maliki steps down     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    Michael Georgy, a bureau chief at Reuters, discusses Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Ibadi, and says that he may not have any more luck than his predecessor on the security front.

  • Iraq's al-Maliki steps aside as PM, backs replacement Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:35 PM ET
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

    Nouri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his successor, Haider al-Ibadi, state television reported Thursday.

  • Iraq & ISIS after Maliki     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    Discussing the significance of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki resigning, with retired U.S. Army Colonel Jack Jacobs.

  • Situation in Iraq remains delicate: Expert     Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 AM ET

    Johannes Benigni, Founder & Managing Director at JBC Energy, explains why the stepping down of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is unlikely to be an immediate solution to the Iraq crisis.

  • EU hopes to build Iraq support group against IS     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Annette Weisbach reports on the European Union's plans to build a "support group" with Middle Eastern countries to fight back against the growing threat of the Islamic State.

  • Can a change in PM resolve the Iraq crisis?     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 6:10 PM ET

    Peter Galbraith, Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control & Non-proliferation, explains why the appointment of a new Prime Minister won't make a difference to the situation in Iraq.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

    U.S.stocks closed higher on Thursday at August highs despite subpar economic data around the world, and after conciliatory remarks from Putin.

  • Nouri al-Maliki resigns as Iraq PM     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is stepping down. CNBC's John Harwood reports the details.

  • Obama: Iraq siege is broken, airstrikes to continue Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:32 PM ET
    President Barack Obama.

    Obama also appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets of a St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Pres. Obama: US broke ISIS siege of Mt. Sinjar     Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    President Obama provides an update on airstrikes in Iraq around Mount Sinjar, and the successful evacuation of civilians there.

  • Why some investors think oil's bull run is done Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    Oil has spiked dramatically going all the way back to the Arab Spring. But the bull market may have run its course.

  • Mideast bank terrorism trial worries financial world Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    A bank account at an Arab Bank's branch in Beirut, unremarkable except for the name: Osama Hamdan, a spokesman for Hamas, the NYT reports.

  • The oil spike that wasn't: Prices defy turmoil Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:47 AM ET
    Pump jacks and wells on the Monterey Shale formation in California

    The Middle East and other oil-producing countries are hotbeds of instability. So why is oil falling instead of rising?

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Energy prices were volatile on the day, after a build of 1.4 million barrels in crude. Traders expect prices to continue to decline. Gold was up slightly on the day.

  • Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 12:49 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a statement about the ongoing U.S. military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq on the south lawn of the White House on August 9, 2014.

    Obama will make a decision within days about whether to send the U.S. military to rescue Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain.

  • Solutions for Iraq     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (retired), shares his thoughts on the growing political unrest in Iraq and the likelihood of the U.S. "sending boots on the ground" to quell the unrest.

  • America to the rescue in Iraq?     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    NBC's Duncan Golestani, reports Kurdish forces and ISIS militants continue to fight in northern Iraq and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is sending new assessment team members there to see where the U.S. can help Iraqis.

  • Tensions rise in Iraq     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:15 AM ET
    Members of Peshmerga forces in action during the clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants on August 10, 2014 in Mosul, Iraq. Peshmerga forces have entered Iraq’s northern town of Makhmur, repelling Islamic State militants.

    Erika Solomon, The Financial Times reporter, has the latest details on political turmoil in Baghdad as signs surface that Nouri al-Maliki will step down and Haider al-Ibadi will take over as prime minister.

  • Violence erupts in Baghdad     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    NBC's Duncan Golestani reports on the growing unrest in Iraq as refugees flee ISIS and political instability deepens.

  • Beheadings, torture by ISIS terrorize Iraq     Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    NBC's Keir Simmons reports on the violent acts committed by the Islamic State and how Iraqis are running from the group's terror.