Thursday, July 31 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:16:07 GMT
The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.More >>
Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in...More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:14:49 GMT
The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering...More >>
Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon.More >>
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Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.More >>
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the...More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:18:46 GMT
Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected....More >>
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(CNN) - The United States military advisers in Iraq recognize that militias are key to the defense of Baghdad from ISIS forces.
Many of those militia fighters are veterans of the insurgent battles against U.S. troops a few years ago, which worries U.S. military planners.
They include the mastermind of a sophisticated 2007 deadly attack on American soldiers.
He’s a man who now views his battle against ISIS as guerilla warfare.
With its own forces struggling, the Iraqi government is increasingly relying on Iranian-backed Shi'a militias to hold the front against ISIS - especially around the capital of Baghdad.
That reliance has the U.S. concerned.
And with U.S. advisors on the ground and surveillance overhead, it’s created an indirect alliance of foes, among them the Aah, Asaib Alh al-Haq group, who in 2007 carried out one of the most sophisticated attacks against U.S. forces.
Disguised as American soldiers, driving American vehicles and speaking English, the assailants caught U.S. troops at the provincial council building in Karbala unaware.
One U.S. solider was killed at the site, four others kidnapped and later slain.
The mastermind of the attack was Qais Khazali, along with his brother Laith, and Hezbollah operative Ali Moussa Daqdouq.
In his first interview with an American network, Khazali says Aah is not the enemy of the American people, but they were fighting an occupation.
And he boasts of the tactical battle between Aah and the American military.
"In the beginning a small IED was able to destroy an American Humvee. But then the Americans up armored the Humvees, so we developed an IED that could blast through the armor,” Khazali said.
And while for now they may be fighting against a mutual enemy, the U.S. is worried about the control Shia militias now have.
And the possibility that ISIS has infiltrated Iraqi forces, dangers U.S. advisers could face.
Khazali said despite the presence of American advisers, American drones overheard and that the Iraqi government has asked for U.S. airstrikes, he sees the soldiers differently this time around.
"We don't look at the U.S. as an occupying force anymore, this is over,” he said.
Iraq doesn't need more fighters he says, it has plenty, but they need experience.
There are both U.S. and Iranian advisers on the ground.
And both nations, among others, flying their drones overhead.
The war with America trained Aah in unconventional warfare. But now, Khazali says, they are up against an enemy that fights just like they do.
"The American military is a classic military. So it is easy to fight against them using guerrilla warfare, it is easier than fighting al-Qaida. Guerilla warfare is more difficult and complicated and requires a lot of endurance and specific tactics,” he said.
Aah fighters have been to the Syrian battlefield and faced ISIS there.
But here they are better equipped, and with their Iraqi allies an even stronger enemy.
Iraq needs all the help it can get, as uncomfortable and bizarre as these alliances are for the Americans.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:47:39 GMT
European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.More >>
European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite...More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:30:42 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government has allocated two installments of 500 billion dinars ($429 million) to assist citizens who have been internally displaced by the advance of Sunni militants...More >>
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining...More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:02:26 GMT
Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they...More >>
Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...More >>