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Iran sending drones, military equipment to Iraq, U.S. says

Iran sending drones, military equipment to Iraq, U.S. says

BRUSSELS, June 25 (UPI) --Iran is covertly supplying military equipment to Iraq, as well as using surveillance drones to monitor Sunni militants in the country, U.S. officials said.
Ed Adamczyk
Vietnam asks China to move oil rig

Vietnam asks China to move oil rig

HANOI, Vietnam, June 23 (UPI) --Vietnam's official media reports a request was sent to the Chinese side asking they remove the oil rig positioned in disputed maritime territory.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.S.: No major disruption to Iraqi oil exports

U.S.: No major disruption to Iraqi oil exports

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) --Despite the militant takeover of a key oil refinery, there's been no major disruption to Iraq's crude oil exports, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.S. Embassy Baghdad to remain open

U.S. Embassy Baghdad to remain open

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State announced Sunday that the American embassy in Baghdad would remain open despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.
JC Finley
ISIS militants post photos of apparent mass executions in Iraq

ISIS militants post photos of apparent mass executions in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 15 (UPI) --ISIS released a chilling collection of photographs Sunday purporting to show the massacre of scores of Iraqi police.
Kate Stanton
Islamic militants prepare to invade Baghdad

Islamic militants prepare to invade Baghdad

BAGHDAD, June 12 (UPI) --Islamist militants are preparing to overtake Baghdad, a spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) warned Thursday.
JC Finley
U.S. objects to Kurdish oil deliveries

U.S. objects to Kurdish oil deliveries

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Washington does not support any export or sale of oil from Iraq without consent from the federal government in Baghdad, a State Department spokeswoman said.
Daniel J. Graeber
State Department: 'Russian propaganda machine' falsely reported spokesperson fired

State Department: 'Russian propaganda machine' falsely reported spokesperson fired

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) --U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki fired off a tweet Thursday, accusing "the Russian propaganda machine" of falsely reporting her firing.
JC Finley
Syrian presidential election on June 3 a 'sham' that wont' be recognized, says U.S.

Syrian presidential election on June 3 a 'sham' that wont' be recognized, says U.S.

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 2 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State has deemed the planned June 3 Syrian presidential election "a sham."
JC Finley
Syria, Ukraine top agenda items in Kerry-Lavrov phone call

Syria, Ukraine top agenda items in Kerry-Lavrov phone call

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday regarding Syria and Ukraine.
JC Finley
Americans told to evacuate Libya as U.S. prepares for embassy evacuation

Americans told to evacuate Libya as U.S. prepares for embassy evacuation

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning Tuesday, advising "U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately."
JC Finley
U.S. 'largely' blames China for rig tensions with Vietnam

U.S. 'largely' blames China for rig tensions with Vietnam

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) --China is to blame for most of the tensions surrounding the deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Soldiers and Tuareg rebels clash in northern Mali; 36 dead, 30 taken prisoner

Soldiers and Tuareg rebels clash in northern Mali; 36 dead, 30 taken prisoner

BAMAKO, Mali, May 19 (UPI) --Malian defense forces clashed with armed Tuareg rebels in the northern town of Kidal on Saturday, killing eight Malian soldiers and 28 Tuareg rebels.
JC Finley
Chinese nationals missing after riots in Vietnam

Chinese nationals missing after riots in Vietnam

BEIJING, May 15 (UPI) --Chinese state-media said Thursday about 10 of its nationals are missing after rioters in Vietnam attacked Chinese businesses to protest a contentious oil rig.
Daniel J. Graeber
No basis to China's South China Sea claims, Vietnam says

No basis to China's South China Sea claims, Vietnam says

HANOI, Vietnam, May 14 (UPI) --China has no sovereignty over waters in the South China Sea where it has deployed government vessels alongside an oil rig, a Vietnamese historian said.
Daniel J. Graeber
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