Obama sends more troops into Iraq

The President notified House and Senate leaders in a letter on Monday

Obama sends more troops into Iraq

The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to increase security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday. That raises the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 750, the Pentagon said. The State Department, meanwhile, announced that it was temporarily […]

Blackwater threatened to kill U.S. investigator

US embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater

Blackwater threatened to kill U.S. investigator

The top manager in Iraq of the notorious private security firm Blackwater threatened to kill a US State Department investigator for probing the company’s performance, the New York Times reported Monday. The Times, citing an internal State Department memorandum, said the threat came just weeks before Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 civilians on September […]

Drones guarding American interests in Iraq

'Some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force protection reasons'

Drones guarding American interests in Iraq

The U.S. has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq’s deteriorating security, the Pentagon said Friday. The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance. The decision to arm some of the […]

Did Iraq pullout hurt American spying efforts?

It is difficult to spy in dangerous environments without military protection

Did Iraq pullout hurt American spying efforts?

When John Maguire was a CIA officer in Beirut in the late 1980s during that country’s bloody civil war, he spent weeks living in safe houses far from the U.S. Embassy, dodging militants who wanted to kidnap and kill Americans. “We moved all over the city, and we would not sleep in the same place […]

U.S. ‘advisors’ flow into Baghdad

Senators briefed behind close doors

U.S. ‘advisors’ flow into Baghdad

Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and have begun to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants, the Defense Department said Tuesday as the U.S. ramped up aid to the besieged country. On Capitol Hill, senators who […]

U.S. special forces face tough challenges in Iraq

The elite commandos may be able to stop the immediate deterioration of Iraqi forces

U.S. special forces face tough challenges in Iraq

U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. The Army Green Berets, who are expected to make up much of the U.S. force, have been […]

Kerry in Iraq in hopes of staving off civil war

Kerry in Iraq in hopes of staving off civil war

Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. The meeting scheduled between Kerry and […]

Obama says theat from militants in Iraq could grow

Obama says theat from militants in Iraq could grow

Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said. The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq’s government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat […]

Kerry: Iraq insurgency threatens entire Mideast

Kerry: Iraq insurgency threatens entire Mideast

Arab countries should resist funding Sunni fighters in what is turning into a cross-border war between Iraq and Syria because that support eventually could help the fast-spreading insurgency in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Kerry said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become a threat to the entire […]

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. The lack of clear intelligence appears to have shifted President Barack Obama’s immediate focus […]