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Obama Sends More Troops to Iraq to Protect US Embassy

THE GUARDIAN – The Obama administration said on Monday it has sent yet another complement of US troops to safeguard its Baghdad embassy, a measure intended to ward off another Benghazi-style assault on American diplomats.

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Syrian Warplanes Reportedly Strike in Iraq, Killing 57 Civilians

CNN – Reports that Syrian warplanes carried out a cross-border attack on Iraqi towns this week is further evidence of the blurring between the two countries’ borders as they face an offensive by Islamic extremists.

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US to Give Support if Iraq Unites Against Militants

CNN – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country’s tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.

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Iraq Formally Asks US to Engage in Air Strikes Against ISIS Militants

BBC – Iraq has formally called on the US to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities over the past week.

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Terrifying Executions by Iraq ISIS Militants

CNN – The Iraqi air force struck back at the militant group ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, killing more than 200 militants, Iraqi state TV reported Monday morning.

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Iraq Crisis: What is Truth and What is Propaganda

Here the editor of Storyful, David Clinch explains how his organisation verifies armature photographs and video coming in from what is considered the front-line in Iraq.

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Tony Blair Rejects Claims Invasion Caused Iraq Crisis

THE GUARDIAN – Tony Blair has strongly rejected claims that the 2003 US-UK invasion of Iraq was to blame for the current crisis gripping the country, pointing the finger instead firmly at the Maliki government and the war in Syria.

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US Sends Aircraft Carrier to the Gulf

BBC – The US says it is sending a warship into the Gulf to provide President Obama with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further.

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ISIS Militants Still Pressing Forward in Iraq

CNN – Emboldened ISIS militants, backed by Sunni tribal leaders, pushed toward Baghdad on Friday as increasingly nervous U.S. officials mulled their limited options to help slow the militants’ advance.

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Obama: Iraq Needs US and International Help to Defeat ISIS

CNN – As radical Islamist militants surged through Iraq — and threatened its capital — U.S. President Barack Obama conceded the turbulent situation demanded significant assistance immediately and over the long-term for the Baghdad-based central government.

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