BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)– The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) surrounded a former U.S. base known as Camp Anaconda, striking it with mortars, just 54 miles north of Baghdad. Meanwhile, nearly half of the promised 300 special operations troops arrived in Iraq, the Pentagon said.
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ISIS rapidly accumulating cash, weapons, U.S. intelligence officials say – Washington Post
The al-Qaeda-inspired insurgent group that has seized a string of cities in Iraq is rapidly gaining strength as it accumulates new weapons, fighters and cash, according to U.S. intelligence assessments disclosed Tuesday by a senior U.S. official.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “is the strongest it has been in several years” because of recent gains in both those countries, the senior U.S. intelligence official said, an assessment that suggests the former al-Qaeda affiliate has rebuilt much of the capability it had at the height of the war in Iraq.
Iraq PM Maliki rejects emergency 'salvation' government – BBC
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has rejected calls for a national salvation government to help counter the offensive by jihadist-led Sunni rebels.
Such calls represented a "coup against the constitution and an attempt to end the democratic experience", he warned.
Israel Warns U.S. That Militant Threat in Iraq May Serve Iran’s Nuclear Aims – Bloomberg
Israeli officials are meeting with American counterparts to urge them not to let Iran benefit from the battlefield successes of an al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq, an aide in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.
"When your enemies are fighting each other, don't strengthen either one of them. Weaken both," Netanyahu said June 22 on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "I think by far the worst outcome that could come out of this is that one of these factions, Iran, would come out with nuclear weapons capability. That would be a tragic mistake."
Jordan, Israel cooperate in face of ISIS threat – Ynet News
Cooperation between Israel and Jordan is growing as armed Sunni men from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) make additional gains in Iraq, near the Jordan border, Jordanian sources told Ynet, detailing Jordan's position regarding the ongoing crisis and potential US intervention.
John Kerry Urges Kurdish Leaders to Support Baghdad Against ISIS – Wall Street Journal
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Kurdish leaders on Tuesday to back the Iraqi government in its fight against a growing Islamist insurgency in western Iraq and to support the formation of a new national government in Baghdad.
Maliki calls for Iraqi unity as battle rages at former U.S. air base – Washington Post
Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected calls from rival politicians for an emergency national unity government, as an al-Qaeda inspired insurgency threatened to tear apart the country.
Iraq PM concentrates troops around Baghdad as Iraq becomes increasingly fragmented – Fox News
Britain's Daily Telegraph cited a Western diplomat who warned that the threat presented by the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant, or ISIS, could be mortal to "Iraq's existence as a state, and it is also a threat to the wider region, too."
US forces arrive in Baghdad to advise Iraqi troops – BBC
The first US troops deployed to assist the Iraqi army in combating a growing Sunni militant insurgency have arrived and begun work, the Pentagon has said.
Syria jihadists now using Humvees seized in Iraq – AFP
Jihadists fighting in Syria's war put to use for the first time on Sunday American-made Humvees that they seized during a lightning offensive in Iraq this month, a monitor said.
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