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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird , Liberal MP Marc Garneau, and NDP MP Paul Dewar, right, arrive at the airport, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Baghdad, Iraq. Fewer than two dozen MPs were on hand Tuesday evening for the start of an "emergency" debate on how Canada should respond to the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Baghdad's beer-drinkers have it tough. Already shot at and persecuted, they have found prices soaring since Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham militants seized large swaths of northern Iraq in June and barred alcohol.
Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. "There is a lot of traffic right now," James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad.
Iraq's parliament rejected defence and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. The two powerful security portfolios have long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the nominees marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group.
The nation's top military leader on Tuesday raised the possibility of U.S. advisers joining Iraqi troops as they target Islamic extremists amid concerns in a war-weary nation of greater American involvement after more than a decade of fighting. Army Gen.
Relatives of Raghda Yaqub, a 24-year-old Iraqi Christian woman killed in a bombing a few days before her wedding, hold her portrait as they grieve over her death on September 13, 2014 in the capital Baghdad.AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR BAGHDAD: Raghda Yaqub was just days away from marriage, but a bombing in east Baghdad meant the 24-year-old Iraqi was buried wearing her wedding dress instead. "Last Thursday was her engagement, and this Thursday we buried her," the young woman's weeping mother Sana says at her home, where she and other family members are receiving condolences.
The airstrike southwest of the city appears to be the closest the U.S. airstrikes have come to the capital of Iraq since the start of the campaign against ISIS, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. And U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it was the first strike as part of "expanded efforts" to help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIS.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper denounced Monday the widely held view that fearsome new militants in Iraq and Syria have a "root cause" - a stark characterization that questions the reason for his foreign minister's recent trip to Iraq. In a speech to party faithful, Harper unequivocally branded the al-Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, as "evil" and "vile," saying it must be opposed.
Police officials say the first attack happened Monday afternoon when a roadside bomb explosion hit a patrol of anti-militant fighters, known as Sahwa, in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, killing three fighters and one civilian. The Sahwa are made up of Sunni militiamen who joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida during the height of Iraq's insurgency in 2007 and 2008.
The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music.
IRAQ FIGHTING: In this Saturday, July 19 file photo Abdullah Ahmed walks outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer.
French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition. The United States this week unveiled an outline plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria.
The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has received backing for the principle of reversing the territorial gains of the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Sir Elton, now 67, was in fine vocal form, belting out the words with a thunderous tone matching the way he hammered the keys on his Yamaha grand piano. Annabel Gale had to wait 20 years and come "halfway around the world," but she finally met her prince - now an earl - and his wife.
In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone." Allies and partners of the United States, Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy the militant group that has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.
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