iraq

  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves after speaking about counter-terrorism during his visit to MacDill Air Force Base, home to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Florida, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTSUZ6F
    December 6, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama gave his last major national security speech, defending his record on fighting terrorism while maintaining American ideals. Addressing troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Obama said he had overseen a “shift” in U.S. efforts to combat terror. Also, in Iraq, anti-Islamic State army units made a new push toward the center of Mosul. Continue reading

  • U.S. Marine Corps four-star general James Mattis arrives to address at the pre-trial hearing of Marine Corps Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich at Camp Pendleton, California U.S in a March 22, 2010 file photo.  REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files - RTSUDP4
    December 2, 2016  

    Who is James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the president-elect’s choice for secretary of defense? Judy Woodruff sits down with two who know the retired general well: Michael Gordon of The New York Times and Steve Simon, a former national security council staffer in the Obama administration. They discuss why Mattis is an ‘unconventional’ option, the challenges he may face and his monk-like temperament. Continue reading

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    December 1, 2016  

    On the front lines of Mosul, Iraq, two young American volunteers aid those injured in battle. Pete Reed and Derek Coleman treat Iraqi soldiers and civilians right in the path of fire, far closer than other medical providers. Without their proximity to the fighting, many more wounded would die. But their location also means they are at enormous risk. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports. Continue reading

  • Chemical experts inspect the site of a suicide truck bomb attack, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, Iraq, November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTST9C9
    November 25, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, President-elect Donald Trump announced two more White House staff appointments from his holiday stay in Florida: Kathleen “KT” McFarland as deputy national security adviser, and Donald McGahn as White House counsel. Also, the death toll from Thursday’s bombing in southern Iraq rose to at least 73. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
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    November 24, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, as Americans took time to celebrate Thanksgiving, President Obama called for unity in a video message. Also, the Islamic State carried out a massive suicide truck bombing south of Baghdad, killing at least 56 people.
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  • Displaced people who are fleeing from clashes arrive in Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani  - RTX2PJ9C
    November 20, 2016  

    The U.S. ambassador to Iraq is Douglas Silliman, a career Foreign Service officer who has worked on and off in Iraq since 2011, previously served as U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and held other posts in Turkey and Jordan. He joins Alison Stewart to discuss the ongoing U.S. presence in Iraq and the fight against the Islamic State. Continue reading

  • Smoke rises from a bomb attack in the town of Bashiqa, after it was recaptured from the Islamic State, east of Mosul, Iraq November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2T24W
    November 16, 2016  

    More than five weeks into the fight to retake the Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi forces and their allies must deal with extremely deadly warfare techniques, including car bombs, explosives hidden in underground tunnels and booby-traps. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports from Mosul. Continue reading

  • Hundreds of families from Mosul and surrounding towns started arriving at Hassansham camp daily as Iraqi forces recapture areas from the Islamic State in early November. Photo by Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam
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    Military forces in Iraq are squeezing Islamic State militants hunkered down in Mosul. Even though the forces appear to be gaining ground militarily, the escaping civilian residents face a difficult path. Continue reading

  • People who are fleeing the fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi army in Mosul are pictured in Samah district, eastern Mosul, Iraq November 12, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RTX2TC10
    November 12, 2016  

    As Iraqi forces continue to gain ground in Mosul against Islamic State militants, thousands of residents are attempting to flee the city. The United Nations reports that ISIS is carrying out mass executions of civilians. Alex Milutinovic, who is directing relief efforts in Iraq for the International Rescue Committee, joins Alison Stewart to discuss the plight of those civilians. Continue reading

  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX2SVO1
    November 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Continue reading

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