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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
By United Press International

Iraq: Army's Fallujah push risks inflaming Sunni uprising

BAGHDAD, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is poised to unleash his army in a major offensive to recapture the western city of Fallujah seized by al-Qaida forces Dec. 30 in what's widely seen as the greatest challenge to his increasingly autocratic Shiite regime.

Jihadists seize Iraqi towns in drive for new Islamic caliphate

BAGHDAD, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The seizure of the key western towns of Fallujah and Ramadi by jihadists of al Qaida's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Dec. 30 in a campaign against the Shiite-dominated government underlines the Sunni group's growing strength and its drive to re-establish an Islamic caliphate centered on Baghdad that will extend into war-torn Syria.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
By United Press International

Iraqi security hiked as millions mark Arbaeen pilgrimage

BAGHDAD, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials say they have increased security in southern parts of the country as millions of Shiite Muslims began a pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala.

North Korea's 'Whack-a-Mole' leadership

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- What happens when a "kid" inherits a country?
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Commentary: Middle East: Bloody quicksands

Commentary: Middle East: Bloody quicksands

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad moves from arch-villain to a new status: The lesser of two evils as thousands of young Islamists flood the country,
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
By United Press International

Showdown on Iraqi Kurds' oil, gas is looming

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The thorny dispute over Iraqi Kurdistan's oil riches is likely to heat up in the weeks ahead, aggravating tensions in a flashpoint region at a time when al-Qaida bombers are wreaking havoc across the country spurred by the civil war raging in next-door Syria.
Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge John Cornyn in GOP Senate primary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- John Cornyn of Texas has become the eighth sitting Republican U.S. senator to face a potentially serious primary challenge.

Al-Qaida stakes out 'jihadist emirate' in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- As al-Qaida in Iraq and Syria gain in strength and firepower, they're shifting from hit-and-run tactics to seizing and holding adjoining territory in western Iraq and northeastern Syria that analysts believe could be proclaimed a jihadist emirate, establishing an al-Qaida state in the heart of the Arab world.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
By United Press International
A shifting Middle East alliance

A shifting Middle East alliance

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The late ventriloquist Edgar Bergen used a dummy named Mortimer Snerd, a character so dumb everything required a full explanation. Finally understanding, Mortimer would shake his head in amazement, saying "Who'd 'a' thunk it (possible)?"
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Saudi Arabia says shells land near border with Kuwait, Iraq

(UPI) --Oil-rich Saudi Arabia says six shells landed near its border posts with Iraq and Kuwait on Wednesday but no damage was caused.
Justin Salhani

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to appear on NBC's 'Today' show

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to appear on NBC's 'Today' show

TORONTO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of many of his powers Monday during a raucous City Council meeting where he knocked down a councilor.
22 dead in Iraq bombings aimed at police and Shiite pilgrims

22 dead in Iraq bombings aimed at police and Shiite pilgrims

BAQUBA, Iraq, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Bombs that killed 22 people Wednesday in Iraq were aimed at security officers and at pilgrims marking a day important to Shiite Muslims, police said.
Supporters seek release for Muslim grocer who violated Iraq sanctions

Supporters seek release for Muslim grocer who violated Iraq sanctions

COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A Muslim grocer jailed for violating U.S. sanctions by sending money from Missouri to family and friends in Iraq should be released, say his supporters.

The American Follies

BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Ridicule and derision never fired anti-American sentiments that persisted around the world until today.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
By United Press International

Iraq's Maliki gets U.S. arms, but no Apache gunships

BAGHDAD, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi strongman Nouri al-Maliki does not appear to be getting the Apache attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles he's pressed U.S. President Barack Obama for to bolster Baghdad's struggle against al-Qaida insurgents, but he's still expected to get other weapons systems despite the misgivings of U.S. lawmakers.

Iraq on brink again amid multi-bomber suicide attacks

BAGHDAD, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Iraq is being torn apart anew by sectarian violence, fueled in part by the civil war in neighboring Syria, with some 7,000 people killed so far this year in a chilling reprise of the wholesale slaughter of 2006-07 between majority Shiites and minority Sunnis.

Iraq gets Russian arms shipments under landmark $4.4B deal

BAGHDAD, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- As Iraq's government grapples with a rising al-Qaida insurgency in which thousands have been killed, officials say the military has started taking delivery of Russian arms under a landmark $4.3 billion contract signed in October 2012.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
By United Press International
Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Chaos at home and abroad tracks back to a dysfunctional Congress and weak-minded Obama administration.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
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