IRAQ UPDATE: Kerry Confronts Threat Of New War In Iraq - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

IRAQ UPDATE: Kerry Confronts Threat Of New War In Iraq

Posted: Updated:
UPDATE:  BAGHDAD (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq, a nation that saw the departure of American troops just three years ago and now faces threat of a civil war.

Kerry's scheduled to meet today with Iraq's Shiite prime minister and top Sunni and Kurdish leaders.

He wants to help foster a power-sharing agreement in Baghdad in hopes of diluting an insurgency fueled by widespread Sunni anger at the Shiite-led national government.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

BAGHDAD (AP) - A Shiite cleric in Iraq is warning that the 300 U.S. military advisers that President Barack Obama plans to send to Iraq will be attacked.   

The cleric (Nassir al-Saedi) is loyal to the anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH'-duh ahl SAH'-dur), whose militia fought the Americans in at least two rounds of street warfare during the eight years U.S. troops were in Iraq.
    
Meanwhile, there's more pressure on Iraq's prime minister today -- with a call from the spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority for a new "effective" government.
    
The comments at Friday prayers contained thinly veiled criticism that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) is to blame for the continuing offensive by Sunni militants.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: HAZMAT Alert to Stay Indoors/ One Alternate Route Closed

    UPDATE: HAZMAT Alert to Stay Indoors/ One Alternate Route Closed

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:17 AM EDT2014-09-15 06:17:03 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Transportation Metro Center says I-90 will remain closed at the state line until 6 tonight.Authorities told Victor Correa less than a gallon of trimethylamine gas leaked into the environment at the state line. Crews closed the road at about 1:30.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A hazardous material leak on I-90 is forcing people living nearby the spill to stay indoors. Right now drivers are advised to take the detour on SR290 to avoid the hazardous waste spill at the WA/ID state line.




    >>
  • Will the Northern Lights be visible Friday night?

    Will the Northern Lights be visible Friday night?

    Friday, September 12 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-09-13 02:58:54 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - We've had a lot of viewers calling in asking about viewing the Northern Lights Friday night. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - We've had a lot of viewers calling in asking about viewing the Northern Lights Friday night. Solar flares directed at Earth should put on quite the dazzling light display for the northern part of the country, depending on cloud cover of course. INSIDE>>>|PHOTOS|>>
  • First cases of severe respiratory illness may be in WA state

    First cases of severe respiratory illness may be in WA state

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-09-12 15:53:33 GMT
    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - WA State & local Public Health officials are working with Seattle Children's Hospital to investigate a group of patients with a severe respiratory illness who tested positive for enterovirus infection. One patient is a child from Grant County who tested positive for either enterovirus or rhinovirus. The test used does not distinguish between the two.>>
    GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - WA State & local Public Health officials are working with Seattle Children's Hospital to investigate a group of patients with a severe respiratory illness who tested positive for enterovirus infection. One patient is a child from Grant County who tested positive for either enterovirus or rhinovirus. The test used does not distinguish between the two.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: HAZMAT Alert to Stay Indoors/ One Alternate Route Closed

    UPDATE: HAZMAT Alert to Stay Indoors/ One Alternate Route Closed

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:17 AM EDT2014-09-15 06:17:03 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Transportation Metro Center says I-90 will remain closed at the state line until 6 tonight.Authorities told Victor Correa less than a gallon of trimethylamine gas leaked into the environment at the state line. Crews closed the road at about 1:30.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A hazardous material leak on I-90 is forcing people living nearby the spill to stay indoors. Right now drivers are advised to take the detour on SR290 to avoid the hazardous waste spill at the WA/ID state line.




    >>
  • UPDATE: Fire west of Quincy now 100% contained

    UPDATE: Fire west of Quincy now 100% contained

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:39:03 GMT
    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefights fully contained a brush fire burning west of Quincy Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol. The brush fire started near State Route 28 Saturday afternoon. It was initially estimated to be 300 acres in size, but more accurate mapping showed it was only 211 acres in size.>>
    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefights fully contained a brush fire burning west of Quincy Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol. The brush fire started near State Route 28 Saturday afternoon. It was initially estimated to be 300 acres in size, but more accurate mapping showed it was only 211 acres in size.
    >>
  • Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

    Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:43:34 GMT
    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Public health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease - likely outside the United States - was contagious when he or she was at the airport.>>
    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Public health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease - likely outside the United States - was contagious when he or she was at the airport.>>