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Opening New Iraq Front, U.S. Strikes ISIS in Tikrit

March 26, 2015
Peter Baker, Rod Nordland | The New York Times
American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as American officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran, which had taken a major role in directing the operation.
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Iran might attack American troops in Iraq, U.S. officials fear

March 25, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
As negotiations on a possible nuclear deal approach a March 31 deadline, U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed about Iran’s expanding military presence in Iraq — and the threat it may pose to American soldiers in the country.
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For USA in Tikrit, Hope Is The Only Plan

March 16, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
The U.S. has no real options if the Shiites forces, backed by Iran, decide to go on a killing spree against Sunnis in Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
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Tikrit is ‘huge test’ for Iraq’s fight against Islamic State

March 12, 2015
Heavy fighting continued in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as Iraqi forces and militias moved in on the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, 25 Iraqi soldiers were killed in a friendly fire incident involving an aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition against the militants. Gwen Ifill gets an update on both stories from special correspondent Jane Arraf in Iraq.
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Iraq’s Attack Against ISIS Catches U.S. ‘By Surprise’

March 3, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
The biggest offensive against ISIS so far happened without American help—but with plenty of assistance from Iran.
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Islamic State exploits the chaos of civil war in Libya

February 16, 2015
The murder of Egyptian Christian hostages by the Islamic State in Libya raises the alarm that the militant group is expanding from its territory in Syria and Iraq. Gwen Ifill talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
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Congress Shows a Lack of Enthusiasm for Giving Obama War Powers to Fight ISIS

February 13, 2015
Peter Baker, Ashley Parker | The New York Times
Ever since President Obama ordered American warplanes to begin bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria last year, members of Congress have insisted on having a say in the matter. The president, they declared, could not, or at least should not, take the country back to war without the input of the nation’s elected representatives.
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2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq

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October 11, 2002
As President Obama asks Congress for authority to fight the Islamic State, we look back at the 2002 authorization for military force in Iraq.
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Boston Marathon Trial Jury Selection, Potential Charges for Petraeus and Romney...Again?

January 9, 2015
1200 potential jurors summoned in Tsarnaev trial and Petraeus could face charges for sharing classified information.
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