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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with Secretary of State John Kerry (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Prime Minister: Entire Region Endangered By ISIS

Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state.

07/03/2014

Iraqi Shiite fighters raise up their weapons as they show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants on June 23, 2014 during a gathering in the southern city of Basra. (credit: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS

The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.

06/25/2014

Kurdistan regional government president Massud Barzani greets US Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Arbil, the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan autonomous region, on June 24, 2014. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Official: Kerry To Make Clear White House Believes It’s In ‘Nobody’s Interest To Have Kind Of Al Qaeda On Steroids’ In Iraq

The top U.S. diplomat returned to Iraq on Tuesday for the second day in a row, again trying to convince one of its political leaders that overhaul of the Shiite-led government is the best way to deflate a raging Sunni insurgency that is pushing the country toward civil war.

06/24/2014

House Speaker John Boehner speaks following a meeting of the House Republican conference June 18, 2014 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

‘Absolutely Not': Boehner Opposes US Working With Iran To Help Iraq

The United States should not talk to Iran about jointly helping the Iraqi government fend off insurgents who have been overrunning large swaths of that country, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

06/18/2014

Sen. Linsey Graham, R-S.C., walks into a press conference about gun control regulation on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Feb. 13, 2013. (credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Work With Iran Uncomfortable, Needed, Senator Says

A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cannot keep his country together, and a U.S. alliance with Iran might be needed to do so.

06/15/2014

Islamic militants inspired by Al-Qaeda have captured two towns in the ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad, vowing to push toward Iraq's capital city.   (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic Militants Push Into Iraq’s Heartland

Fearing in increase in violence, 500,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in Iraq’s second city Mosul after Jihadist militants took control.

06/11/2014