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Supporters, Opponents Of Iraq Air Strikes Authorized By Obama Hold Dueling Protests In San Francisco

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in San Francisco Friday afternoon to speak out against an escalating situation in Iraq in which an Islamic militant group is taking over portions of the country and killing and displacing thousands of civilians.

08/08/2014

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (sanmateocountynews.wordpress.com/Creative Commons)

Bay Area Assyrians Call For More International Military, Humanitarian Involvement In Iraq

The Assyrian American Association of the Bay Area was staging a rally Friday morning at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco to call for urgent humanitarian aide and international military support in Iraq against ISIS militants.

08/08/2014

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the State Dining Room of the White House on August 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he has authorized military strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and a humanitarian aid drop. ISIS has been advancing on the important city of Erbil, Iraq and a civilian humanitarian crisis has developed. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Bombs ISIS Militants In Iraq

U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans.

08/08/2014

Obama delivers statement on Iraq

President Obama Authorizes Airstrikes In Northern Iraq To Defend Americans From ISIS Militants

President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threatened a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country’s long sectarian war.

08/07/2014

Obama delivers statement on Iraq

Obama: U.S. To Send Military Advisers, Not Soldiers, To Iraq

President Barack Obama says the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants. He also says the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.

06/19/2014

An Iraqi security officer stands guard as Iraqi civilians wait to volunteer to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq, on June 12, 2014, in the central Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf. Fighters from the Sunni Muslim Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were, according to some accounts  advancing on Baghdad after over-running the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in recent days.  (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

War Veterans Watch In Horror As Iraqi Towns They Fought For Fall To ISIS Terrorists

“It’s like a punch in the gut,” is how one Bay Area Iraq War veteran describes news today that Mosul, Tikrit, Ninevah, and so many other Iraqi cities have now fallen to the terrorist army known as ISIS.

06/12/2014

An open air pit used to burn trash at a base in Iraq. (Gwen Chiaramonte)

Veterans Returning Home From Iraq, Afghanistan Point To Open Air Burn Pits As New ‘Agent Orange’

Hundreds of veterans coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are falling ill and many are dying of what’s being called the new “Agent Orange”: open air burn pits.

05/20/2014

Journalist Michael Hastings. (CNN)

War Correspondent Michael Hastings Dies In SoCal Car Crash

Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car accident in Los Angeles. He won a Polk Award for magazine reporting for a story that was credited with ending Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s career after it revealed the military’s candid criticisms of the Obama administration.

06/18/2013

A photograph of a soldier that was killed in Iraq hangs on a wooden cross at a Lafayette roadside memorial that features over 5,000 wooden crosses which represent U.S. troops that have been killed in Iraq. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Residents Reflect On Iraq War 10 Years After U.S. Invasion

To mark 10 years since U.S. military troops invaded Iraq, a number of Bay Area residents were highlighting the war’s impact Tuesday.

03/19/2013

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Iraq Veteran Volunteers To Guard Central Valley Elementary School

The feel-good story of a former U.S. marine standing guard outside a local elementary school doesn’t feel so good the day after.

12/20/2012

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