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    May 27, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, an extreme heat wave in India is predicted to go on for at least another week. More than 1,100 people have died in the past month and hospitals have been flooded with heat stroke victims. Also, the Islamic State set off a wave of suicide attacks against Iraqi army targets. At least 17 troops were killed outside Fallujah. Continue reading

  • Iraqi Army recruits take part in a live fire training at a military base on April 12 in Taji, Iraq. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
    May 25, 2015  

    On Sunday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter blamed Iraqi soldiers for losing the key city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group. Iraqi leaders condemned the comments and a top Iranian commander charged that the U.S. is the one that lacks the will to fight. Judy Woodruff talks to Douglas Ollivant of the New America Foundation about U.S. relations with Iraq and the current strategy against the militants. Continue reading

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference on May 1, 2015. Speaking from Rome on Wednesday, Carter said the U.S. has no supported Moscow's fight against the Islamic State. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    May 24, 2015   BY Ken Dilanian, Associated Press 

    The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. Continue reading

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    May 23, 2015  

    While there is a lot of focus on the recent takeover of Palmyra in Syria by the Islamic State due to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, less attention has been paid to the residents of those areas. Loveday Morris of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan from Baghdad, Iraq, via Skype. Continue reading

  • Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad
    May 21, 2015  

    The Islamic State made significant gains this week. The group seized Palmyra in central Syria, prompting a plea from UNESCO to spare world-renowned Roman ruins. In Iraq, militants followed up their capture of Ramadi by overrunning Iraqi military positions to the East. And in Libya, they took the city of Sirte. Gwen Ifill reports the cascade of victories raises questions about the fight against IS. Continue reading

  • A view of vehicle wreckages after a suicide car bomber blew himself at a checkpoint near Mistrata
    May 21, 2015  

    New victories by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Libya are fueling debate and criticism in Washington over the U.S. strategy and reliance on airstrikes against the militant group. Gwen Ifill talks to David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s former deputy UN ambassador, about the complicated challenges facing the U.S. Continue reading

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    May 19, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Shiite militiamen — allied with the Iraqi army — massed near Ramadi to ready a counterattack, days after the Islamic State captured the Iraqi city. Also, in a historic peace-making gesture, Britain’s Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in Galway, Ireland, 36 years after an IRA bomb killed the prince’s great-uncle. Continue reading

    May 18, 2015  

    The Islamic State’s black flag flew in Ramadi after Iraqi troops and civilians fled the capital of Anbar province on Sunday, leaving behind stockpiles of weapons. The loss of Ramadi is a setback for both Iraq and for American efforts to contain the militant group. In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called in powerful Shiite militias to fight in the largely Sunni region. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi
    May 18, 2015  

    What does the fall of Ramadi mean for the fight against the Islamic State group? Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department official Vali Nasr and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, about weaknesses of the Iraqi Army and what it might take to defeat the militant group. Continue reading

  • Islamic State consolidates grip on Ramadi; executions reported
    May 17, 2015  

    Islamic State fighters have taken control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi after that country’s forces fled. The city is now the first major urban center seized by insurgents in Iraq since ISIS launched attacks last year. The Wall Street Journal’s Nour Malas joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Baghdad. Continue reading