• January 4, 2016  

    A weekend war of words has ignited a full-scale diplomatic confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, pitting Sunnis against Shiites and Persians against Arabs. Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric touched off widespread protests, condemnation and violent backlash in Iran, prompting Saudi Arabia and its allies to announce they are cutting ties with that nation. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • August 26, 2014  

    The Obama administration has repeatedly stated that it will provide additional military support against the Islamic State militant group only when Iraqis form an inclusive government that can deliver national unity. But can the political system in Baghdad heal the mutual distrust among the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Iraq. Continue reading

  • August 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, at least 58 people died in Iraq in a series of attacks that mostly targeted Shiite districts. At a mosque in Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vest with explosives as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers. Also, Egypt pressed for new efforts to broker another truce between Israel and Hamas, but fighting continued with Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks. Continue reading

  • June 27, 2014  

    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric ramped up pressure on politicians to agree on the nation’s next prime minister by Tuesday. Iraq’s current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, continues to lose the confidence of former allies in the fight against ISIL insurgents. Judy Woodruff talks to Rob Nordland of the New York Times about the struggles to unite politically and what role U.S. is playing. Continue reading

  • June 27, 2014  

    The U.S. is now flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. civilians and military forces in the Iraqi capital, the Pentagon confirmed. Also, Human Rights Watch released a report alleging that ISIL conducted mass executions of more than 160 men in Tikrit. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from Baghdad on the growing unease among civilians. Continue reading

  • June 23, 2014  

    Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stern warning during a visit with the Shiite-led Iraqi government, urging immediate and united action to stand against ISIL. Meanwhile government forces lost control of the entire frontier with Syria and Jordan and Sunni insurgents extended their grip across northern and western Iraq. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2014  

    Pressure is mounting for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as ISIL advances toward that nation’s capital. Judy Woodruff talks to Rod Nordland of The New York Times from Baghdad about the future of Iraq’s government and reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he’s sending up to 300 military advisors to Iraq. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2014  

    In Iraq, the country’s most influential Shiite cleric urged the newly elected governing body to convene quickly and choose a speaker and a president to counter the insurgency. Meanwhile, the Pentagon said it expects Iraq to agree to legal protections for the incoming group of military advisers. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • June 19, 2014  

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been faulted by some for deepening sectarian divisions now roiling the country. Gwen Ifill talks to Charles Duelfer, former UN and U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, Abbas Kadhim of Johns Hopkins University and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University about what’s undermining Iraq’s stability and best possible outcomes. Continue reading

  • June 19, 2014  

    President Obama announced that he will be sending up to 300 military advisors to Iraq, but stressed that the Iraqis will be ultimately responsible for stabilizing the uprising. The president also pushed that country’s leaders to seek a political solution. Meanwhile, Iraqi soldiers and helicopters faced off against Sunni extremists at Iraq’s main oil refinery north of Baghdad. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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