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    September 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the Pentagon reported that U.S. and Arab airstrikes blasted oil installations that help fund the Islamic State up to $2 million a day in black market sales. Also, Iraq’s prime minister said he has credible evidence of an active terrorist attack threat against French and American subways. Senior officials from the U.S. and France said they did not have evidence of a plot. Continue reading

  • United Nations Hosts World Leaders For Annual General Assembly
    September 24, 2014  

    President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly by saying the world is “at a crossroads between war and peace.” He urged Arab and Muslim leaders to join a four-point campaign that would destroy the Islamic State group, delegitimize the ideology of Islamic extremists, reduce sectarian conflicts and create greater opportunity. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

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    September 24, 2014  

    Northern Iraq boasts thousands of archaeological sites dating to the beginning of civilization, and they are being destroyed by the Islamic State militants. Meanwhile, more than three years of civil war in Syria has laid waste to much of the country’s ancient history. As part of our Culture at Risk series, Jeffrey Brown talks to researchers who are on the frontlines of preservation in the face of war. Continue reading

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    The United States’ ambassador to the United Nations says other nations are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State group militants. Continue reading

    September 19, 2014  

    As Iraq’s neighbor to the east, Iran’s role in the international fight against the Islamic State militant group has yet to be clarified. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner sat down with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss the White House’s plan to fund Syrian rebels against the militants, as well as Iran’s nuclear program and U.S. sanctions. Continue reading

  • This photo shows the first French air strikes over Iraq on Friday. Photo by France’s Ministry of Defense
    September 19, 2014   BY Ayan Sheikh 

    French attack planes on Friday destroyed fuel depots and ammunitions on an Iraqi military installation run by the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Fighter jets accompanied by support planes carried out four airstrikes and managed to destroy the target, the Associated Press reports. French president Francois Hollande said that other operations will continue in the coming days with the goal to “weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities.” Continue reading

    September 18, 2014  

    The Obama administration has been drumming up support for the U.S. plan against the Islamic State. How do Middle Eastern nations regard the militant group and the U.S. strategy? Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction from Robin Wright of the United States Institute of Peace, Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver and former Jordanian Foreign Minister Jordan Marwan Muasher. Continue reading

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    September 17, 2014  

    President Obama reiterated that hundreds of American troops in Iraq are there only as advisors in the fight against the Islamic State. That comes a day after Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said U.S. forces could ramp up under certain circumstances. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry talked up coalition efforts despite questions over how countries are involved. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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    September 17, 2014   BY Morgan Till 

    Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to Kurdistan’s regional president, spoke with Margaret Warner about the Kurds’ drive for greater autonomy and where initial steps to conduct a referendum on leaving Iraq — and declaring independence — stand as the stability of the Iraqi state hangs in the balance. Continue reading

  • Senate Armed Services Committee Holds From Top Military Leaders On ISIL Threat
    September 16, 2014  

    The use of American troops to battle the Islamic State has not been ruled out, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored that the U.S. air campaign will not be limited to Iraq, prompting questions about attacks from the Syrian government. The NewsHour’s Quinn Bowman reports. Continue reading