iraq

  • July 17, 2017  

    Mosul’s old city is a scene of utter devastation. Although Mosul has been liberated, the fight continues in some pockets. Entire neighborhoods have been flattened by coalition airstrikes in the battle against the Islamic State, leaving few survivors to search for remains of family members. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs and videographer Alessandro Pavone report on the human toll. Continue reading

  • Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, speaks during news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq in July. Photo by U.S. Embassy/Handout via Reuters
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    The department’s announcement comes after Mosul was officially declared liberated earlier this week. The Iraqi city had been under ISIS control since 2014. Continue reading

  • July 11, 2017  

    The Iraqi city of Mosul was declared liberated on Monday after being held by Islamic State militants since 2014. How does the Iraqi government plan to rebuild and to prevent ISIS from returning? Judy Woodruff speaks with Feisal Istrabadi of the Indiana University Bloomington about next steps for Iraq’s second-largest city. Continue reading

  • July 10, 2017  

    In the our news wrap Monday, the head of NATO demanded that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the parliament in Kiev, saying Europe and the U.S. are united in support of Ukraine. Also, Iraq’s government has declared “final victory” in the battle to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State militant group. Continue reading

  • Destroyed buildings from clashes are seen in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTX3ATTH
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    Poet and playwright Harry Newman said we need to better understand how the countries we go to war with are often a lot like us. “Those are connections we don’t make, or we’re not encouraged to make. And those are really humanizing connections.” Continue reading

  • July 7, 2017  

    In the our news wrap Friday, the U.S., Japan and South Korea have agreed to apply “maximum pressure” after North Korea’s most recent intercontinental ballistic missile test. Also, President Trump met with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and emphasized the importance of renegotiating the NAFTA trade agreement. Continue reading

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    July 6, 2017  

    Hobby Lobby, the national arts-and-crafts supply chain, illegally imported thousands of ancient relics from the Middle East, according to the Justice Department. The family-owned, Evangelical Christian company must now turn over rare clay tablets and artifacts that likely once came from Iraq. William Brangham learns more from Deborah Lehr of George Washington University. Continue reading

  • A displaced woman sits near the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul
    July 1, 2017  

    The Iraqi army is moving closer to taking back control of Mosul from Islamic State militants who captured the city three years ago. U.S. Army forces are joining Iraqi troops in the fight while thousands of civilians, trapped in the conflict, attempt to flee. Stephen Kalin, a Reuters reporter covering the conflict, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Irbil, 60 miles from Mosul. Continue reading

  • File photo of former CIA Director David Petraeus by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
    June 16, 2017  

    The Trump administration is reportedly considering sending 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in light of a deteriorating security situation. Retired Gen. David Petraeus joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the need for a long-term U.S. military commitment in that country, civilian casualties in the coalition fight against the Islamic State, the American policy on the crisis facing Qatar and more. Continue reading

  • A wreckage of a car is seen at the site of car bomb attack near a government office in Karkh district in Baghdad, Iraq May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily - RTX386SI
    May 30, 2017  

    Twin bombings rocked Baghdad on Tuesday, days after the start of Ramadan. They come as the Islamic State is losing ground in Mosul, its last foothold in the country. One bomb hit just after midnight at a popular ice cream parlor, killing 15, while another happened during morning rush hour, leaving at least 14 dead. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Susannah George of the Associated Press. Continue reading

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