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Iraqi Officials Say Islamist Militants Used Chlorine Gas North of Baghdad

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said on Friday. The use of chlorine gas as a weapon adds a new concern to the turmoil in the country.

Iraq Parliament Approves Defense and Interior Ministers

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Iraq's parliament approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees for two critical security posts in his government on Saturday, ending a more-than monthlong deadlock over who will lead the defense and interior ministries at a time when the nation is under siege by a radical insurgency.

U.S.-backed Plan for Iraqi National Guard Unraveling

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-A U.S.-backed plan to bring Iraq's fractured sectarian tribal forces fighting Islamic State under the supervision of the central government is in danger of being abandoned, lawmakers said. Momentum has swung against the proposal to create a national guard that would encompass local forces in Iraq's provinces as rival political blocs expressed reservations over who will be allowed into the new service and how funding will be...

Iraqi Leader Struggles to Fill Two Top Security Posts in Cabinet

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Iraq's prime minister is set to nominate a candidate from an Iranian-backed Shiite militia as interior minister, according to an adviser, a choice that risks stoking sectarian tensions at the heart of the country's current crisis.

Iraqi Lawmaker Among Dead in Suicide Car Blast

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed 21 people on Tuesday, including an Iraqi lawmaker who was also a top leader in a militia battling the jihadist insurgency.

NYPD Losing Its 'Four-Star General'

online.wsj.com — It was a particularly crime-ridden weekend in the Bronx a few years ago when then-New York City Police Capt. Peter Moreno heard a crackle on the radio that "Car 3" was en route to his command center. "It wasn't unusual to hear 'Car 3' come up on the air-he was in the trenches quite often," Mr. Moreno, who is now retired, recalled recently.

Iraqi Forces Make Strategic Retreat

online.wsj.com — Iraqi security forces abandoned a military camp in the besieged province of Anbar after it was surrounded by Islamic State fighters, Iraqi officials said on Monday, calling it a strategic retreat.

Militants Advance Despite Airstrikes

online.wsj.com — Islamic State militants have gained territory in Iraq and Syria despite weeks of bombing by the U.S. and its allies, raising questions about the coalition's strategy of trying to blunt the jihadists' advance while local forces are being trained to meet the threat on the ground.

Islamic State Tightens Its Grip on Iraq’s Anbar Province

online.wsj.com — The chief of police of a critical Iraqi province besieged by Islamic State militants was killed in a bombing, local officials said, heightening concerns that the strategically important region is in imminent danger of being captured by the insurgent group.

Islamic State Progress Near Baghdad Raises Fears

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Oct 28, 2014

My favorite new assertion by pro-Coup Egyptians is that Tunisia would never have had such competitive elex if wasn't for the coup here.

Oct 28, 2014

RT @forsoothsayer: @TamerELG @alaa @RobertMackey actually no one knows where he is. Blog should be updated to reflect this kidnapping.

Oct 28, 2014

Egypt's vigorous student protesters face punishment in military courts under new draconian anti terrorism law english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/…

Oct 28, 2014

- @alaa is back in state custody. @RobertMackey has details and reactions to the absurdity of it all nytimes.com/2014/10/28/wor…

Oct 28, 2014

RT @HughNaylor: Hezbollah has sustained heavy casualties in Syria and now Lebanon, damaging its aura of invincibility washingtonpost.com/world/middle_e…

Oct 26, 2014

Egyptians who applauded the coup congratulating Tunisia on holding elections...

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