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US ‘fully supports’ Iraq president over al-Maliki

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.

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President Obama Delivers Statement On Humanitarian Crisis In Iraq
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Obama’s Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain -- not destroy -- the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take cover during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

 

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

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FULL TEXT: President Obama’s statement on airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama's statement Thursday night on authorizing U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the extremists, as provided by the White House:

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Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
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Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.

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People watch an address by Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on television at a cafe in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
People watch an address by Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on television at a cafe in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraqi PM rejects calls to form unity government

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A defiant Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls Wednesday for an interim "national salvation government" intended to undermine the Sunni insurgency by presenting a unified front among Iraq's three main groups, calling it a "coup against the constitution."

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Iraqi worker operates valves at the Nahran Omar oil refinery in Zubair near the city of Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq in 2009. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)
Iraqi worker operates valves at the Nahran Omar oil refinery in Zubair near the city of Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq in 2009. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)
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Iraq upheaval threatens oil development plans

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The turmoil in Iraq has thrown the OPEC member's ambitious plans to boost oil production into doubt, threatening to crimp its most vital economic lifeline.

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Iraqis living in Iran hold a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iraqis living in Iran hold a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the fog of diplomacy.

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An Iraqi Shiite Turkmen gunman holds his RPG  as he stands in front of a portrait of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, at the front line village of Taza Khormato, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
An Iraqi Shiite Turkmen gunman holds his RPG as he stands in front of a portrait of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, at the front line village of Taza Khormato, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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A guide to fast-moving events in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The crisis in Iraq is increasingly taking on a political tone as calls are growing for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down. The Shiite leader, who faces criticism that his failure to promote reconciliation among the country's myriad religious sects sparked the widespread Sunni anger that has emboldened the al-Qaida breakaway group that has overtaken large sections of northern territories.

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U.S. Army Lieutenant Patrick Mulvaney arrives at Fort Hood, Texas after being part of one of the last American combat units to exit from Iraq in December 2011. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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US seeks legal protection for troops going to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon expects Iraq to agree in writing to legal protections for the military advisory teams that President Barack Obama is sending as part of an effort to stiffen Iraqi defenses against insurgents, a spokesman said Friday.

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