U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Mideast nations on Wednesday against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions, after Syria launched airstrikes across the border and Iran flew surveillance drones over the neighboring country.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman warns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are looking to expand its territory across the Middle East, including Israel.
Islamic militants attacked Iraq’s largest oil refinery late Tuesday, hours after it was shut down due to the threat and its foreign staff were evacuated, an Iraqi security official told The Associated Press.
Sunni militants captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar early on Monday, its mayor and residents said, the latest blow to the nation’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory in the country’s north.
Secretary of State pledges support for Baghdad’s efforts to retake key cities from al Qaida forces.