iraq

  • November 16, 2016  

    More than five weeks into the fight to retake the Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi forces and their allies must deal with extremely deadly warfare techniques, including car bombs, explosives hidden in underground tunnels and booby-traps. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports from Mosul. Continue reading

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    Military forces in Iraq are squeezing Islamic State militants hunkered down in Mosul. Even though the forces appear to be gaining ground militarily, the escaping civilian residents face a difficult path. Continue reading

  • November 12, 2016  

    As Iraqi forces continue to gain ground in Mosul against Islamic State militants, thousands of residents are attempting to flee the city. The United Nations reports that ISIS is carrying out mass executions of civilians. Alex Milutinovic, who is directing relief efforts in Iraq for the International Rescue Committee, joins Alison Stewart to discuss the plight of those civilians. Continue reading

  • November 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Continue reading

  • 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