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
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.