Iraq: Car bomb near Khalis ‘kills at least 17’ – BBC News

At least 17 people have been killed by a car bomb in the central Iraqi town of Khalis, officials say. The explosion, about 49 miles (80km) north-east of the capital, Baghdad, was “very strong” a provincial official told a private TV station. Hospital sources said the death toll was expected to rise, Reuters reports. The […]

VICE Special Report: Fighting Isis (Ben Anderson Debrief) – YouTube

VICE reporter Ben Anderson talks about facing captured ISIS soldiers and more in tonight’s VICE on HBO Debrief of “Fighting ISIS.” VICE returns on Friday, February 5 at 11PM, exclusively on HBO Watch Season 1: Season 2: Click here to subscribe to VICE: Check out our full video catalog:, daily editorial […]

Defense Secretary Opens Possibility to Strategy Shift on Iraq – WSJ

Defense Secretary Ash Carter held open the possibility of a strategy shift by the White House on Iraq, a few days after recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria revived sharp criticism of the Obama administration’s approach in combating extremist groups there. Islamic State forces last week captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadi and also expanded their reach in Syria. Critics […]