Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq: U.S.


MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Florida - Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday.

Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

BAGHDAD - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Iraqi defense chief tells Hagel offensive vs militants a priority: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - Iraq's new defense minister affirmed his commitment to military reform and said going on the offensive against Islamic State fighters is a priority, the Pentagon said on Thursday after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke to his counterpart by phone.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Turkey's Erdogan says 200 Kurdish fighters from Iraq to enter Kobani

RIGA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday agreement had been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq through Turkey to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

World, Turkey, Syria, 23 Oct 2014

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war. | Video

World, Syria, 22 Oct 2014

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

WASHINGTON - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

U.S., 22 Oct 2014

Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq: residents

BAGHDAD - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.

World, 22 Oct 2014

Strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town, Iraqi dam: U.S.

WASHINGTON - The United States conducted further air strikes against Islamic State forces on Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting the militant group near Iraq's Mosul Dam and the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to U.S. Central Command.

World, Syria, 22 Oct 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan parliament votes to send forces to Kobani

ARBIL Iraq - Lawmakers in Iraq's Kurdistan region said on Wednesday they voted in favor of sending Kurdish forces to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani via Turkey.

World, Turkey, Syria, 22 Oct 2014

U.S. may expand training role of Iraq military advisers

WASHINGTON - Any Iraqi request for more American military advisers or trainers to help the country's security forces fight Islamic State militants would be considered, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday.

World, 21 Oct 2014