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Obama: U.S. won’t stop confronting Islamic State

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to continue to confront Islamic State militants despite the beheading of an American journalist in Iraq, standing firm in the face of the militants' threats to kill another hostage unless the U.S. military changes course.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:43 pm

Obama warns of jihadist ‘cancer’ in Iraq as reporter slain

Anti-terrorism forces wave the national flag after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, Iraq, August 19, 2014US President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, after militants murdered an American reporter. As US jets continued to strike jihadist targets despite a threat to kill a second reporter, Obama said: "When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done." Shortly after he spoke, the State Department asked for 300 more US troops to be sent to Iraq to protect US facilities. Obama was speaking after the so-called "Islamic State," which has seized much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:22 pm

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:05 pm

CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley’s life last week

BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive officer of a Boston-based media company says James Foley’s kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 8:55 pm

Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq

President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew. Not long after Obama called Islamic State a “cancer” with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 8:11 pm

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 180 rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. Israeli aircraft have carried out more than 100 strikes in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, the military adding it was "targeting terror sites". Hamas and medical officials said 23 people had died in the latest Israeli raids, including Deif's wife and seven-month-old son.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 8:01 pm

Oil prices advance on signs of stronger US demand

Pump jacks are seen at dawn in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation on March 24, 2014 near Lost Hills, CaliforniaGlobal oil prices rebounded Wednesday from multi-month lows after a surprisingly big drop in US oil inventories. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for September delivery jumped $1.59 to $96.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, recovering from a seven-month low hit Tuesday. European benchmark Brent oil for October delivery gained 72 cents to close at $102.28 a barrel in London, rallying from the 14-month low the day before. "Crude stocks dropped a lot more than expected," said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy at TD Securities.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 7:58 pm

U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 7:56 pm

Slain American journalist remembered as driven

Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son, James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 7:52 pm

Kuwait detains Muslim cleric suspected of funding militants: security source

Kuwait detained a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric at the Gulf state’s airport on Wednesday after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion that he is funneling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, a security source told Reuters. Hajjaj al-Ajmi was detained at the airport on his arrival from Qatar, whose leadership supports Islamist groups such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and gives refuge to prominent figures from Hamas and the Taliban but does not back the militant Islamists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 7:39 pm

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US Official: More Airstrikes in Iraq – ABC News


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US Official: More Airstrikes in Iraq
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American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents …
US military continues to strike Islamic State in Iraq -US officialsYahoo News

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 7:57 pm

Canada vows further help for Iraq after beheading of journalist James Foley – Toronto Star


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Canada vows further help for Iraq after beheading of journalist James Foley
Toronto Star
“This is just another example of ISIL's disgusting and repugnant tactics,” a spokesperson for Foreign Minister John Baird said in a reference to the group's earlier name: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “Acts like this only strengthen our
IS 'Selling Oil From Seized Wells' In IraqSky News
'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings, says witnessSydney Morning Herald
Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to SyriaWall Street Journal
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 5:12 pm

What’s the PM’s next move on Iraq? – BBC News


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What's the PM's next move on Iraq?
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There have been all too many acts of barbarism in Iraq and Syria in recent years. What makes this dreadful act stand out from the rest is the fact that the murderer is almost certainly a British citizen and the victim is not just a journalist who
Germany agrees to arm Iraq in break with post-war traditionFinancial Times
British jihadists the most 'vicious and vociferous' fighters in Iraq, expert warnsTelegraph.co.uk
Cameron must recall MPs over Iraq crisis says ex-head of Army: Lord Dannatt Daily Mail
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 5:01 pm

Obama’s biggest boosters on Iraq: Conservative Republicans — kind of – Washington Post (blog)


Obama's biggest boosters on Iraq: Conservative Republicans — kind of
Washington Post (blog)
President Obama's decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq was a popular one — especially among his biggest political adversaries, conservative Republicans. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of conservative Republicans and 61 …

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 12:54 pm

Iraq crisis: Refugee journeys from Mount Sinjar – BBC News


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Iraq crisis: Refugee journeys from Mount Sinjar
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Pictures from a BBC reporting trip from northern Iraq into Syria, as Iraqi refugees fled Mount Sinjar after days of fighting. Refugees from Sinjar who were taken to the Newroz camp in Derik city, an area. After struggling to survive in the Sinjar

Posted on 20 August 2014 | 12:54 pm

Iraq urges world to take stand against Sunni militants – CBC.ca


Iraq urges world to take stand against Sunni militants
CBC.ca
In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 10:02 am

Iraq urges world to take stand against ISIS – CBC.ca


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Iraq urges world to take stand against ISIS
CBC.ca
In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the
Germany says prepared to send weapons to Iraq's KurdsYahoo! Voices

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:28 am

Iraq crisis: The rise of IS, the ‘world’s richest terror group’ in 60 seconds – Telegraph.co.uk


Iraq crisis: The rise of IS, the 'world's richest terror group' in 60 seconds
Telegraph.co.uk
They've also reportedly extorted taxes from businesses in Mosul, Iraq, netting millions a month. The money has enabled the group to mount a huge offensive that resulted in the takeover of Mosul, Tikrit and attempted seizure of Kirkuk. Before the recent

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:16 am

Iraq crisis: what is the Islamic State? – Telegraph.co.uk


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Iraq crisis: what is the Islamic State?
Telegraph.co.uk
Little is known about Baghdadi, who is revered by IS recruits, but he is thought to have joined the insurgency that erupted in Iraq soon after the 2003 US-led invasion. In 2010 he emerged as leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq before becoming leader of
US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after Fox News
Obama condemns killing of reporter, US hits militants in IraqReuters
US journalist beheaded over Iraq strikesSky News Australia
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:03 am

Iraq Conflict: Fighting Resumes At Mosul Dam – Sky News


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Iraq Conflict: Fighting Resumes At Mosul Dam
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Fighting has resumed at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq with US jets spotted flying overhead, according to Sky sources. Islamic State (IS) militants seized the strategically important site, which supplies water and power to millions of people down the
Military Considering Sending Additional Troops To Iraq, Officials SayHuffington Post
Islamic State militants threaten US over air strikes in Iraqeuronews
Iraq Crisis: Rivalry Flares After Joint Victory At Mosul DamWall Street Journal
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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 3:38 am