MILITANTS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MILITANTS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348747-68/iraq-airstrikes-islamic-northern.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348747-68/iraq-airstrikes-islamic-northern.html.csp">U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T17:25:47.002-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 05:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants’ capability. U.S. Central Command said in a brief statement that the fighters destroyed a Humvee, a tank, four armed vehicles and a construction vehicle near the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River. They also damaged an Islamic State checkpoint. The attacks on Thursd...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583487472014-08-28T17:25:47.002-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-28T17:25:47.002-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58348747@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:47 MDT Kurds: Our fight is against more than Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348742-68/kurdish-state-islamic-kurds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348742-68/kurdish-state-islamic-kurds.html.csp">Kurds: Our fight is against more than Islamic State</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Erin Cunningham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T17:27:43.065-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 05:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gwer, Iraq • Kurdish fighters are struggling to hold on to recent gains against Islamic State militants in Iraq in the face of constant shelling and sniper fire. But Kurds say the jihadists have another weapon: local Arab sympathizers. The Kurds suspect ethnic Arabs have backed the militants in battles that have raged in Iraq’s north over the past month, including a stunning advance by the jihadists. The fighting has displaced thousands of families in a region long known as a flashpoint for Ara...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58348742@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:27:43 MDT Mother begs for life of U.S. reporter held in Syria http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345345-68/islamic-state-group-sotloff.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345345-68/islamic-state-group-sotloff.html.csp">Mother begs for life of U.S. reporter held in Syria</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and JOHN HEILPRIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T22:40:24.154-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 10:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BEIRUT • The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff’s plea came as a U.N. commission accused the group, which dominates a broad swath of territory spanning the Syria-Iraq border, of committing crimes against humanity and President Barack Obama weighs option...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583453452014-08-27T22:40:24.154-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-27T22:40:24.154-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58345345@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:40:24 MDT AP sources: U.S. surveillance planes fly over Syria http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58338610-68/syria-islamic-state-officials.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58338610-68/syria-islamic-state-officials.html.csp">AP sources: U.S. surveillance planes fly over Syria</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T20:12:27.559-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 08:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there. While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants would likely be necessary before he could take that step. Pentagon officials have been drafting potential options for the president, including airstri...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583386102014-08-26T20:12:27.559-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-26T20:12:27.559-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58338610@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:12:27 MDT Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58334253-68/islamic-dempsey-group-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58334253-68/islamic-dempsey-group-state.html.csp">Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-25T13:01:30.817-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 01:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Aboard a U.S. military aircraft • Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria. But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that right now, he still believes the insurgent group is still more a regional threat and is not plotting or planning attacks against either the U.S. or Europe. Speaking on a military plane en route to ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583342532014-08-25T13:01:30.817-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-25T13:01:30.817-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58334253@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:01:30 MDT Israeli missiles flatten Gaza apartment tower http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58329484-68/gaza-hamas-israel-israeli.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58329484-68/gaza-hamas-israel-israeli.html.csp">Israeli missiles flatten Gaza apartment tower</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KARIN LAUB</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and PETER ENAV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-23T19:43:01.983-06:00">Updated Aug 23, 2014 07:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of truce talks is unlikely, despite another appeal by mediator Egypt. Gaps between Israel and Hamas on a border deal for blockaded Gaza remain vast, and repeated rounds of talks have ended in failure. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58329484@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:43:01 MDT US special ops tried but failed to find American hostages http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58321350-68/syria-rescue-foley-hostages.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58321350-68/syria-rescue-foley-hostages.html.csp">US special ops tried but failed to find American hostages</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP White House Correspondent</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T08:15:14.529-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 08:15AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held, administration officials said Wednesday. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped by...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583213502014-08-21T08:15:14.529-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T08:15:14.529-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58321350@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:15:14 MDT Germany and Italy to arm Kurds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319183-68/islamic-state-iraq-militants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319183-68/islamic-state-iraq-militants.html.csp">Germany and Italy to arm Kurds</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Birgit Jennen </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Glen Carey</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T20:20:02.046-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Berlin • Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Wednesday cleared the way for Germany to supply Iraqis with weapons to fight Islamic State militants, dropping a post-World War II taboo on arms shipments to conflict areas. Germany’s reversal of its postwar arms doctrine reflects the revulsion felt across Europe at the brutal advance by Islamist fighters in Iraq. It also shows governments’ determination to halt the violence perpetrated by Islamic State from spilling back into Europe’s heartland. H...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58319183@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:02 MDT Secret U.S. mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319197-68/syria-rescue-foley-mission.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319197-68/syria-rescue-foley-mission.html.csp">Secret U.S. mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T20:20:02.116-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped b...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583191972014-08-20T20:20:02.116-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-20T20:20:02.116-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58319197@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:02 MDT Beheading brings new U.S. attacks on Islamic militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319207-68/state-islamic-syria-foley.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58319207-68/state-islamic-syria-foley.html.csp">Beheading brings new U.S. attacks on Islamic militants</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LARA JAKES </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and RYAN LUCAS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T20:19:02.923-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage. In brief but forc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58319207@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:02 MDT Utah Muslim leaders condemn extremists’ actions in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298379-78/islamic-state-says-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298379-78/islamic-state-says-iraq.html.csp">Utah Muslim leaders condemn extremists’ actions in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T11:09:38.354-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 11:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Islam is a compassionate and tolerant religion, Utah Muslim leaders say, so any group that terrorizes minorities, beheads children or kidnaps women while claiming to be Muslim would be violating tenets of the faith. But that is what various news agencies have said Islamic State militants are doing in northern Iraq — attacking Christians and Yazidis (a Kurdish-speaking minority whose faith is linked to ancient Zoroastrianism), while driving thousands from their homes. The Islamic State has bee...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298379@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:09:38 MDT Obama: Iraqi, Kurdish forces retake dam from militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58310705-68/iraq-forces-dam-militants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58310705-68/iraq-forces-dam-militants.html.csp">Obama: Iraqi, Kurdish forces retake dam from militants</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By VIVIAN SALAMA</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DIAA HADID</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T20:10:30.476-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 08:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer. Militants from the Islamic State group had seized the Mosul Dam on Aug. 7, giving them access and control of enormous power and water reserves and threatening to deny those resources to much of Iraq. Iraqi forces suffered a string of humiliatin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583107052014-08-18T20:10:30.476-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T20:10:30.476-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58310705@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:10:30 MDT Islamic fighters execute scores of Yazidi men in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58304355-68/iraq-yazidi-islamic-airstrikes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58304355-68/iraq-yazidi-islamic-airstrikes.html.csp">Islamic fighters execute scores of Yazidi men in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and SAMEER N. YACOUB</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T21:27:44.849-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 09:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Irbil, Iraq • Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area. A Yazidi lawmaker on Saturday cited the mass killing in Kocho as evidence that his people are still at risk after a week of U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes on the militants. Meanwhile, warplanes targeted insurgents around a large dam t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58304355@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:27:44 MDT Iraqi army, militants clash west of Baghdad http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58298335-68/iraq-kurdish-iraqi-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58298335-68/iraq-kurdish-iraqi-islamic.html.csp">Iraqi army, militants clash west of Baghdad</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SINAN SALAHEDDIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-14T19:45:18.919-06:00">Updated Aug 14, 2014 07:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Clashes between Iraqi troops and Sunni insurgents west of Baghdad killed at least four children on Thursday as the United Nations said the humanitarian crisis ignited by the advance of Islamic militants had escalated to its highest emergency level. The extremist Islamic State group’s lightning advance across much of northern and western Iraq has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes since June, and last week prompted the U.S. to launch aid operations and airstrikes a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582983352014-08-14T19:45:18.919-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-14T19:45:18.919-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298335@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:45:18 MDT Iraq’s Maliki tells army to keep out of politics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58288132-68/maliki-militants-abadi-army.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58288132-68/maliki-militants-abadi-army.html.csp">Iraq’s Maliki tells army to keep out of politics</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T14:38:15.556-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 02:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Iraq’s incumbent prime minister ordered the security forces on Tuesday not to intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, amid fears that he could go to any lengths to keep power in the face of his increasing isolation After ordering his elite troops into the street Monday, Nouri al-Maliki urged army and security forces in to stay out of the political crisis and focus on defending the country, which is under attack by Sunni militants in the north...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582881322014-08-12T14:38:15.556-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-12T14:38:15.556-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58288132@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:38:15 MDT For Iraq Yazidis, a frantic search for the missing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58286602-68/missing-lost-militants-crowds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58286602-68/missing-lost-militants-crowds.html.csp">For Iraq Yazidis, a frantic search for the missing</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T22:53:01.703-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 10:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Semalka, Syria • Trucks and jeeps trundled slowly across the pontoon bridge, packed with refugees, with children poking their dusty heads out of the windows and truck beds. Nearby, a distraught father frantically scanned them as they passed, hoping to catch sight of his missing son. Beside him, a young man searched for his sister, who he fears was snatched by extremists. Unknown numbers, perhaps hundreds, of men, women and children went missing in the chaos as tens of thousands of Iraqis from t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582866022014-08-11T22:53:01.703-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-11T22:53:01.703-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58286602@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:53:01 MDT Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58284147-68/maliki-iraq-kurdish-political.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58284147-68/maliki-iraq-kurdish-political.html.csp">Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SAMEER N. YACOUB</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and VIVIAN SALAMA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T22:40:45.954-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 10:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Iraq’s president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west. The showdown came as the United States increased its role in fighting back Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group that is threatening the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. Senior American officials said U.S. intelligence agencies are direc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582841472014-08-11T22:40:45.954-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-11T22:40:45.954-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284147@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:40:45 MDT U.S. sending arms to Kurds in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58283968-68/iraq-arms-kurds-maliki.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58283968-68/iraq-arms-kurds-maliki.html.csp">U.S. sending arms to Kurds in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR and JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T07:55:22.579-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 07:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sydney • The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday. Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, but the Kurdish peshmerga fighters had been losing ground to Islamic State militants in recent weeks. The officials wouldn’t say which U.S. agency is providing the arms or what weapons are being sent, but one o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582839682014-08-11T07:55:22.579-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-11T07:55:22.579-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58283968@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:55:22 MDT U.S. expands airstrikes in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58275851-68/iraq-kurdish-irbil-strikes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58275851-68/iraq-kurdish-irbil-strikes.html.csp">U.S. expands airstrikes in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Liz Sly, Karen DeYoung and Loveday Morris</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T22:11:58.221-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 10:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Irbil, Iraq • American warplanes and drones struck Islamist militants near this northern Iraqi city on Friday, putting the U.S. military back in action in the skies over Iraq less than three years after the troops withdrew and President Barack Obama declared the war over. The strikes were limited in scope but helped temper days of building panic across the north of the country as militants with the extremist Islamic State sliced through a string of towns and villages scattered on the outskirts ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58275851@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:11:58 MDT Obama authorizes renewed airstrikes in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58274200-68/iraq-obama-military-american.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58274200-68/iraq-obama-military-american.html.csp">Obama authorizes renewed airstrikes in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T21:22:54.562-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 09:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threatened a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country’s long sectarian war. In a televised late-night statement from the White House, Obama said American military planes already had carried out airdrops of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582742002014-08-07T21:22:54.562-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-07T21:22:54.562-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58274200@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:22:54 MDT