BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)– The Iraqi parliament fails to elect a new prime minister as Sunnis and Kurds shun the parliament leading to concerns Iraq will break apart into sectarian regions. Meanwhile, the well-armed 'Islamic State,' which has captured enough U.S. made weapons for 200,000 soldiers, took another border town yesterday.
Sunnis, Kurds shun Iraq parliament – Reuters
Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of Iraq's new parliament on Tuesday after Shi'ites failed to name a prime minister to replace Nuri al-Maliki, dimming any prospect of an early national unity government to save Iraq from collapse.
ISIS weapons windfall may alter balance in Iraq, Syria conflicts – LA Times
ISIS "took the weapons stores of the 2nd and 3rd [Iraqi army] divisions in Mosul, the 4th division in Salah al Din, the 12th division in the areas near Kirkuk, and another division in Diyala," said Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, punctuating his words with quick flicks of his laser pointer as he stitched a scythe-like arc across a map denoting various provinces and cities strung across northern and central Iraq.
"We're talking about armaments for 200,000 soldiers, all from the Americans."
Jihadi group captures Syrian border town – AP
The al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captured a key Syrian town near the Iraq border from other rebels on Tuesday and advanced toward a stronghold of its main jihadi rivals, an activist group said.
Iraqi 'Caliph' on U.S. Kill List – Washington Free Beacon
President Barack Obama has authorized targeted killings of the leaders of the al Qaeda offshoot led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi using drone strikes or special operations, as the Iraqi terrorist on Tuesday urged jihadists to conduct worldwide attacks.
CIA blew it in Iraq, blamed for failing to warn about rise of Islamic State – Washington Times
The CIA failed to provide adequate warning of the recent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant military incursion into Iraq despite having a significant presence of agency officers in the country, according to U.S. officials and security analysts.
Iraqi Ambassador Confirms ISIS Attack on Shi’ite Shrine – Time
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) struck the perimeter of one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines in Iraq in a mortar attack yesterday, the country’s ambassador to the United States confirmed this morning.
Iraqi Kurds dig frontier around disputed areas – Times of Israel
As Islamic extremists seek to sweep away borders in their advance across the Middle East, Kurds in northern Iraq appear to be in the process of digging a new one, asserting their claim to hotly disputed territory and expanding their semi-autonomous region in a bid for greater autonomy or outright independence.