Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq Thursday during an unannounced visit to meet with government officials amid a political crisis that threatens to cripple Baghdad’s crusade against the Islamic State terrorist group.
A fierce battle between Kurdish forces and Turkmen Shia fighters in the northern Iraqi city of Tuz-Khurmatu threatens to subvert the pro-forma alliance of an Iran-backed Shia militia and Kurds against ISIS troops just a few kilometers away.
The U.S. military plans to send 217 additional troops to Iraq to help the Iraqi government forces combat ISIS there, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Monday.
The grinding village-to-village war against ISIS in Northern Iraq has been weighed down by public complaints from Kurdish officials and military commanders who fear that the Shia-dominated Iraqi army will provoke stiffer resistance from ISIS defenders in Mosul.
The White House censored video on its website of French President Francois Hollande saying “Islamist terrorism” during a meeting with President Obama on Thursday, the Media Research Center reports.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will have the chance to decide on whether to increase the number of U.S. forces in Iraq in the “coming weeks,” the top U.S. general said on Wednesda
President Barack Obama reportedly was furious at his former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for strongly criticizing his self-declared foreign policy doctrine of “don’t do stupid s**t” and his decision not to intervene in the Syrian civil war, according to an article published Thursday in The Atlantic.
Following an ISIS chemical weapons attack involving the use of chlorine mortar shells Feb. 11 near Sinjar Mountain in Iraq, a dozen of the more seriously wounded Kurdish soldiers were assessed and bundled off on ambulances to a field hospital that had been set up a few days earlier by American volunteers working shoulder to shoulder with the Peshmerga.