The crackdown on protesters in Syria is spreading to the far corners of the country — recently, to a remote town on the border with Iraq in Syria's eastern desert.This tribal region has long been known as a transit point for fighters and weapons coming into Iraq during the war, and for refugees leav
At a recent press conference, Iraq's minister of planning, Ali Youssef al-Shukri, stepped to the podium, gave a brief and somber blessing, and announced the issue of the day: a new mechanism for quality control of imports to Iraq.Shukri spoke softly and wore a pressed suit.
Even though it's been nearly eight months since political rivals in Iraq came together to form a coalition government, key positions in that government have yet to be filled, and political infighting continues.At issue is the fact that Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who's backed by the coun
At least 17 people were killed and 50 others injured Friday in an explosion at a Sunni mosque in Iraq.According to police sources, a jerry can filled with a highly explosive material was detonated near the mosque in a highly fortified area in the city of Tikrit as worshippers were leaving after Frid
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been saying for months that he'll stand by his agreement with the U.S. for the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq by the end of this year.In recent weeks, though, Maliki has done a turnaround.