Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:16:58 GMT
Renewed fighting brings eerie sirens, funerals to Israel and Gaza.More >>
Renewed fighting brings eerie sirens, funerals to Israel and Gaza. 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.
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:14:46 GMT
Officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.More >>
Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop...More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:04:28 GMT
The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.More >>
Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting...More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:24:52 GMT
A Ukrainian official says five troops were killed and 21 injured while fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours.More >>
Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen...More >>