Iraq

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.

Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, 21 Oct 2014

Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, 21 Oct 2014

U.S. considering Iraqi request for more military advisers

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials are considering an Iraqi request for more American military advisers to help Iraqi security forces in their campaign against Islamic State militants, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday.

World 21 Oct 2014

Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution

DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

Syria, Davos, World 21 Oct 2014

Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Iraqi refugees in Lebanon 'left behind, forgotten': charity

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon face a daily struggle to survive because of a lack of jobs and the rising cost of food and accommodation, a Catholic charity said on Tuesday.

World, Lebanon 21 Oct 2014

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

ANKARA/BEIRUT - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. | Video

World, Syria, Turkey, 20 Oct 2014

Islamic State insurgents advance into Iraqi town of Qara Tappa

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa on Monday disguised as Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Kurdish security sources said.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Islamic State oil output was $2 million/day before air strikes: IHS

WASHINGTON - Islamic State militants were producing about $2 million worth of crude oil per day in Iraq and Syria before recent U.S.-led air strikes, possibly more than double the amount heard in U.S. congressional testimony last month, the research firm IHS said on Monday.

World, Syria, 20 Oct 2014