Monday, August 25 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:44:41 GMT
The president is weighing strikes in Syria following the terrorist surge and beheading of a journalist.More >>
The president is weighing strikes in Syria following the terrorist surge and beheading of a journalist. More >>
(CBS) - The United States says it is still assessing the growing crisis in Iraq. Iraqi leaders are trying to hold the country together as Sunni extremists taking over parts of the north and west have declared an Islamic State.
The leader of the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is urging Muslims everywhere to help his fighters build an Islamic state.
In a 19-minute recording, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi instructed Muslims to "take up arms, take up arms and fight. Your brothers all over the world are waiting for your rescue," he said.
Iraq's government is focused on regaining territory lost to ISIS after weeks of fighting.
President Obama has authorized additional troops to the region equipped with attack helicopters and drones to protect the airport and the U.S. embassy in Iraq's capital. That brings the total number of troops deployed to Baghdad to 750.
Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey says they'll help to determine whether the country's security forces can hold together.
"When we have that assessment in hand, I think we'll make some decisions about whether there's other kinds of support that we could provide," Dempsey said.
But Iraqi leaders say their country needs more U.S. help, including airstrikes.
"The situation in Iraq is dire. The integrity of the state and therefore the stability of the region is in question," said Lukman Faily, Iraq's ambassador to the U.S.
The U.S. is calling for Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a more inclusive government to help calm the tension. But on Tuesday when parliament met to take the first steps, Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers walked out.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:50:57 GMT
An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is holding, as many wonder what was gained during 50 days of fighting.More >>
An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:21:06 GMT
The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.More >>
An independent U.N. commission said Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two...More >>