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  • The Hunt: The battle for hearts and minds in Iraq

    The battle for hearts and minds in Iraq has taken on added urgency as the U.S. recently sent 450 additional military forces there to train Iraqi’s to fight ISIL. Salim al Jabouri, the speaker of…

  • The Hunt: Social media key to Islamic State’s success

    ISIL has survived and even thrived for a year in Iraq. In this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Iraq’s Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily says social media…

  • Iraqi official: Deal with ISIL now in Iraq, or later in the U.S.

    WASHINGTON — A top Iraqi diplomat is warning the West has been too slow to address the global crisis presented by the Islamic State, and may soon have to pay a heavy cost. Lukman Faily,…

  • Americans with illegal Iraq War souvenirs go unprosecuted

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the elected Iraqi government seeks diplomatic respect and struggles to save its ancient sites from the rampages of the Islamic State group, American military members, contractors and others caught with…

  • Frederick mother, son raise money for school in Iraq

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — When Donna Sheron and her son Clinton ventured to northern Iraq last November, the Frederick residents never thought they would return to the same area less than a year later to…

  • US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit

    By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) _ At Iraq’s request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic…

  • Colonial Williamsburg offers to protect Iraqi artifacts

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation says it has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State group. The foundation says Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell Reiss made…

  • Va.-based relief group sends team to Iraq

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia-based relief organization is in Iraq, providing aid to displaced Christians. Operation Blessing says a team sent to Iraq this week is scheduled to begin delivering food and blankets…

  • ISIL establishes billion-dollar enterprise

    Until this week, Kurdish forces were outgunned by the Islamic
    State fighters, variously referred to as ISIS and ISIL, they\’re battling near Erbil.

  • Western countries struggling to keep tabs on terrorists

    Every day, terrorists trained in Syria and Iraq travel freely back to their homes in
    Europe and the U.S., and counterterrorism officials can\’t keep up with all of
    them.

  • Text of Obama’s statement on air strikes in Iraq

    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama’s statement Thursday night on authorizing U.S. air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the extremists, as provided…

  • Expert: More troops signals lengthy U.S. engagement in Iraq

    The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that it\’s planning to deploy 200 more U.S. combat troops to Iraq, prompting one military expert to predict that this is likely the start of \”an expanded American role\” that
    could increase to \”a few thousand\” more Americans on the ground before it\’s over.

  • AAA: Iraq civil war pushing up gas prices in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AAA Mid-Atlantic says the civil war in Iraq is pushing up gasoline prices in the United States. Drivers in the District of Columbia are paying $3.89 per gallon. That’s up 5 cents…

  • 7 years later, Blackwater guards go on trial

    PETE YOST Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18…

  • On Memorial Day weekend, the names of the fallen

    For the first time ever, Vietnam War veterans will include the names of victims from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.