The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to increase security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday.
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In our news wrap Monday, there was celebration and and condemnation for the announcement of a new Islamic state, or caliphate, in Iraq and Syria, declared by ISIL on Sunday. Also, President Obama formally announced his nominee to replace former Secretary Eric Shinseki at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert McDonald is a former Proctor and Gamble executive and Army captain. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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