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  • Pentagon says U.S. airstrikes won't break Islamic State's ability to wage war

    WASHINGTON The United States' senior military officer in charge of operations said Monday that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have not affected the overall military effectiveness of the Islamic State and aren't likely to, as long as protecting American lives and...
  • Iraqi Yazidis describe flight from Islamic State militants

    Iraqi Yazidis describe flight from Islamic State militants
    The Murad family, caked in dust and grime, trudged through a dismal gravel quarry where mangy dogs dodged bulldozers as dusk approached along the banks of the Tigris River. The Murads were among thousands of displaced Iraqis, members of the minority...
  • Why can't Islamic State be stopped? Analysts say it's better armed, better organized

    WASHINGTON The Islamic State's push toward the Kurdish city of Irbil on Thursday came as unwelcome news to those who had believed that the Kurdish peshmerga militia would be the force most capable of halting the militant Islamists' momentum. The United...
  • Islamic State grabs more territory in Iraq, reportedly seizes major dam

    A breakaway Al Qaeda group that already holds sway in large swaths of Iraq and Syria made new territorial gains Thursday in northern Iraq, reportedly overrunning a major Christian town and seizing the nation’s largest dam. The fresh advances by...
  • Jets, explosions reported near Islamic State lines as Kurds beg for U.S. help

    IRBIL, Iraq Jet aircraft attacked Islamic State positions outside the town of Kalak, 25 miles northwest of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, a resident of Kalak told McClatchy early Friday. The resident, reached by phone from Irbil,...
  • With Islamic State advancing, Kurds prepare for last stand outside capital

    KALAK, Iraq Kurdish fighters scrambled to set up a defensive line Thursday after militants from the Islamic State seized four strategic towns on a key highway and advanced to positions just minutes from Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish...
  • Islamic State's momentum complicates the fight in Syria

    Islamic State's momentum complicates the fight in Syria
    The rebel fighters peered through small holes in the wall of the abandoned poultry plant and across the farm fields where forces of the Islamic State had massed. Hidden here, breathing the rank air, the rebels could see evidence of their foes' recent...
  • Islamic State pushes back Kurdish forces near Irbil, sparking panic

    IRBIL, Iraq Militants from the Islamic State made a surprise attack early Thursday on strategic villages near Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, apparently capturing significant territory and sending thousands of refugees into the...
  • Kurds want US to drop water to refugees trapped by Islamic State

    IRBIL, Iraq Desperate to reach tens of thousands of people who fled the Islamist militant takeover of the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar and are now trapped in rugged mountains outside the city, international aid officials and representatives of the...
  • Clinton takes a step away from Obama on ISIS; will Democrats follow?

    When President Obama announced airstrikes this week in Iraq to address the humanitarian crisis and contain the alarming expansion of the Islamic State across Iraq, his reluctance was visible as he repeatedly said he would not send ground troops in Iraq....
  • Bob Corker: A president of empty words

    Those around the world who are looking to the United States for support against intimidation, oppression or outright massacres have learned a tough lesson in the past few years: This U.S. president, despite his bold pronouncements and moral posturing,...
  • Kurds from Turkey, Syria enter Iraq to battle Islamic State

    IRBIL, Iraq Kurdish forces pushed Tuesday to retake territory they lost over the weekend to the Islamic State in a major counteroffensive that will test the ability of the best-trained military force in Iraq to confront the radical Islamist group....