Iraq

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

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BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. | Video

U.S. does damage control after defense chief's remarks on Iraq

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of the U.S. commitment to help fight Islamic State militants in an effort at damage control on Monday after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' desire to fight.

World, 25 May 2015

Canada says Iraqi forces must become much more effective

OTTAWA - Canada, one of the nations helping Iraq to fight the Islamic State movement, said on Monday that recent gains by the militants showed the Iraqi army must "massively improve its effectiveness".

World, 25 May 2015

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. | Video

World, Syria, 25 May 2015

Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants from crowded boat

ROME - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. | Video

World, Syria 24 May 2015

U.S. defense chief says Iraqi forces lacked will to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday said Iraqi forces showed no will to fight against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more directly.

World, 24 May 2015

Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia spokesman said, aiming to reverse potentially devastating gains by the jihadi militants. | Video

World, 23 May 2015

Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia spokesman said, aiming to reverse potentially devastating gains by the jihadi militants. | Video

World, 23 May 2015

Islamic State expands its 'state'

BEIRUT - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. | Video

World, 22 May 2015