A Pentagon official says a team of U.S. Army Special Forces were flown atop Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to get a firsthand look at possible ways to rescue stranded Iraqi civilians suffering from thirst and hunger. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama moved closer toward rescue steps for thousands of Yazidi refugees who are trapped on a mountain in Northern Iraq by fighters of the Islamic State group. The deputy national security advisor suggested a possible mission with British and Kurdish help. Also, New York’s Long Island suburbs were dumped with a summer’s worth of rain in just a few hours. Continue reading
Almost a week into the Obama administration’s emergency action in northern Iraq, the campaign is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support. Republicans have issued several I-told-you-so statements and called for stronger action, and dovish Democrats say they’re concerned about slipping into a new war. But outright opposition has been muted. Continue reading
The Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants, officials said Tuesday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the divisive Shiite leader who is facing a power grab from challenger Haider al-Abadi, warned military commanders not to interfere in the political confrontation. Many in Baghdad and in the international community support Abadi. Meanwhile, an aid helicopter crashed while on a mission to help stranded members of a religious minority group. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
A photo of a 7-year-old boy holding up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier has caused uproar in Australia, home to a convicted terrorist who fled to Syria last year to join the Islamic State terrorist group. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
Iraq’s president named a new prime minister, but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to give up his post, while the fight against Islamic militants continue. Gwen Ifill is joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk for an update on the political turmoil in Iraq, plus analysis from Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, Iraq’s new president, Fouad Massoum, tapped deputy parliament speaker Haider al-Abadi to form a government and become prime minister. But current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remained defiant, spurning calls to step aside for a less polarizing leader. Also, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks in Egypt, and a new 72-hour cease-fire began. Continue reading