iraq

  • November 10, 2016  

    In October, the Islamic State launched an offensive on the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. The attack was ultimately suppressed by Kurdish military forces, but it also diverted other anti-ISIS efforts and possibly escalated ethnic tensions in the culturally diverse city. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Kirkuk. Continue reading

  • November 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Kurdish-led forces pressed toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa after announcing the offensive Sunday. Also, the Justice Department announced it is sending 500 staffers to 28 states to watch for civil rights violations at the polls, a third of what it sent in 2012. The Supreme Court refused to re-impose Democrat-sought curbs on partisan poll watchers in Ohio. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added a net 161,000 jobs in October, dipping the unemployment rate a tenth of a percent to 4.9. Also, there are guilty verdicts in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal. A federal jury convicted Christie’s former aides of shutting down parts of a major bridge to punish a political opponent. Continue reading

  • November 3, 2016  

    As the Iraqi military continues its push into the Islamic State-stronghold of Mosul, how are the disparate forces who make up the coalition working together, and how does Iraq plan to stabilize the city and prevent ethnic tensions? Special presidential envoy Brett McGurk talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the operation to retake the city and the coming fight against the militants in Raqqa. Continue reading

  • November 1, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the opposition leader in Pakistan, Imran Khan, backed off from his call for mass protests in Islamabad. The demonstrations were meant to lock down the capital and force the prime minister to resign. Also, the Turkish government rejected criticism from Europe over its crackdown of an opposition newspaper. On Monday, Turkish police arrested 13 top staffers of the paper. Continue reading

  • November 1, 2016  

    Two weeks into their offensive, Iraqi troops crossed the city limits of Mosul, the last Islamic State stronghold in Iraq. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay filed this report as troops moved in, civilians fled and the Islamic State fighters showed they weren’t giving up without a fight. Continue reading

  • October 31, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Iraqi troops advanced on the city of Mosul after seizing the last village held by the Islamic State on the edge of the city, two weeks after the offensive began. Also, Lebanon finally has a new president after the position sat vacant for two years during a political crisis. Michel Aoun is 81 and a strong ally of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. Continue reading

  • October 30, 2016   BY  

    A battle to reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State may be one of the toughest since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, according to news reports. Continue reading

  • October 28, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on transgender rights, which involves a transgender teen in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom at a high school. Also, the secretary of the interior says she’s “profoundly disappointed” with the acquittals of seven defendants accused of conspiracy for taking over an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days. Continue reading

  • October 26, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the city of Quetta virtually was closed down as residents mourned the death of 61 victims of Tuesday’s massacre at a police academy. Both an Islamic State affiliate and a Taliban splinter group have claimed responsibility for the attack. Also, the Taliban is denying it kidnapped and killed 26 civilians in Afghanistan, who were abducted in a remote province on Tuesday. Continue reading