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    June 27, 2014  

    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric ramped up pressure on politicians to agree on the nation’s next prime minister by Tuesday. Iraq’s current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, continues to lose the confidence of former allies in the fight against ISIL insurgents. Judy Woodruff talks to Rob Nordland of the New York Times about the struggles to unite politically and what role U.S. is playing. Continue reading

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    June 27, 2014  

    The U.S. is now flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. civilians and military forces in the Iraqi capital, the Pentagon confirmed. Also, Human Rights Watch released a report alleging that ISIL conducted mass executions of more than 160 men in Tikrit. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from Baghdad on the growing unease among civilians. Continue reading

  • Undated handout image courtesy of the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. Image courtesy of Reuters/Air Force/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt/Handout
    June 27, 2014   BY Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq’s deteriorating security, the Pentagon said Friday.

    The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance. The decision to arm some of the drones follows the deployment to Baghdad of troops who will advise and assist Iraqi counterterrorism forces. Continue reading

    June 26, 2014  

    Both Iraq’s government army and fighters from ISIL have claimed to have the upper hand in a week-long battle for Iraq’s biggest oil refinery. The clashes have stopped oil production at the Beiji complex, but amid the chaos, the price of crude exports has risen by only $2.35 a barrel. Gwen Ifill talks to Gianna Bern of Brookshire Advisory and Research and Greg Priddy of the Eurasia Group. Continue reading

  • A woman stands outside a tent at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13 in Kalak, Iraq. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
    June 26, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    When Islamic militants swept into Mosul in northern Iraq earlier this month, at least 500,000 people fled the city. Some have since returned, but many others are watching and waiting in the nearby relatively peaceful Kurdish region. Continue reading

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    June 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki called for all factions to unite against a Sunni insurgency. However, he insisted that forming a unity government, as President Obama and others have pressed, would amount to a coup. Also, supporters of gay marriage won two new legal victories in Utah and Indiana. Continue reading

  • Gwen sat down with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday night in Denver. Photo by NewsHour
    June 25, 2014  

    Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, senator and first lady, joins Gwen Ifill for an extended conversation on international concerns like the crisis in Iraq and upheaval in Ukraine, as well as the state of economic recovery in the United States, why Democrats should be embracing health care reform and the reason she’s waiting to decide whether she’ll run for president in 2016. Continue reading

  • The Baghdad Operations Command center in Iraq, where the Iraqi army plans offensives against the Islamic State group. While the U.S. has helped Iraq push back the extremists, gathering support from other nations has been difficult. Photo by Scott Nelson for the Washington Post
    June 24, 2014  

    The United Nations estimates that, at minimum, 1,000 people have been killed in two weeks of fighting in Iraq. Judy Woodruff talks to two former U.S. Army officers who served in Iraq — retired Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant and retired Col. Derek Harvey — about the strengths and weaknesses of the Iraqi security forces, the role of incoming U.S. special forces and the spread of ISIL’s influence in the region. Continue reading

  • John Kerry with Kurdish regional government president Massud Barzani
    June 24, 2014  

    Secretary of State John Kerry made an emergency visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq to meet with President Massoud Barzani, urging him to support political reform in Baghdad in the face of the military onslaught by ISIL. But Barzani made it clear that the idea of single, unified Iraq might be a thing of the past. Judy Woodruff reports on how the Kurds have responded to the crisis in Iraq. Continue reading

  • Less than three years after pulling American forces out of Iraq, President Barack Obama is weighing a range of short-term military options, including airstrikes, to quell an al-Qaida inspired insurgency that has captured two Iraqi cities and threatened to press toward Baghdad.
    June 24, 2014   BY Council on Foreign Relations 

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a predominantly Sunni jihadist group, seeks to sow civil unrest in Iraq and the Levant (region spanning from southern Turkey to Egypt and including Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan) with the aim of establishing a caliphate—a single, transnational Islamic state based on sharia. Continue reading