Saving the Kurdish city of Irbil from the onslaught of Islamic State fighters was one of the goals of U.S. airstrikes launched earlier this month. But a sense of foreboding remains in the region, and many of the displaced residents don’t feel safe enough to return. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Judy Woodruff from Irbil about the Kurdish Peshmerga’s retaking of Mosul dam. Continue reading
President Barack Obama plans to speak Monday about the situations in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri, after meeting with top aides on both trouble spots. Continue reading
The exact reason for Obama’s return shortly after midnight remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism that Obama was spending two weeks on the Massachusetts island in the midst of multiple crises.
In what may be considered a strategic victory, Kurdish forces recaptured the area around the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, with the help of repeated air strikes to the area on Sunday. PBS NewsHour Foreign Correspondent Margaret Warner joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Irbil to discuss the latest developments. Continue reading
Airstrikes hit positions near a key dam in northern Iraq, which had been recently captured by Islamic extremists, a day after the extremists — members of the Islamic State — are said to have massacred dozens of Yazidis. Liz Sly of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Iraq. Continue reading
Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff, ahead of a reporting trip to Iraq, to discuss Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation and the improved situation for stranded Yazidis on a mountaintop in Northern Iraq. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that he will now support Haider al-Abadi’s nomination to succeed him. Meanwhile, President Obama confirmed that the crisis facing Yazidi refugees in northern Iraq has greatly eased, lessening the need for U.S. humanitarian aid. Also, thousands of Pakistani anti-government protesters demanded their prime minister resign. Continue reading
The Associated Press is reporting that Iraqi Prime Minister “Nouri al-Maliki has given up the post of prime minister to Haider al-Abadi.” Continue reading