Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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    June 12, 2014  

    Outside Kirkuk, Iraqi troops were filmed trying to halt the advance of Sunni militants. But when the government forces fled, Kurdish fighters moved into the city that they have long claimed as their historical capital. Reporting from Irbil, Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News talks to Iraqis and refugees in Iraq who are trying to stay ahead of the advancing violence. Continue reading

  • Iraqi policemen and soldiers in the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad. Photo by Azher Shallal/AFP/Getty Images
    June 12, 2014  

    As Sunni militants continue their march towards Baghdad, the Obama administration said the U.S. will not send forces on the ground in Iraq, but will assist in other ways. Judy Woodruff talks to Jane Arraf, an Iraq-based journalist, for an update from Irbil, and then turns to James Jeffrey of The Washington Institute and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University for political and military challenges. Continue reading

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    June 10, 2014  

    Known as ISIS or ISIL, a Sunni militant group has taken over parts of the northern city of Mosul, a strategic hub for Iraq’s oil industry, as well as a gateway to Syria. Judy Woodruff is joined by Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy and Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War to discuss the larger impact of the takeover on Iraq and its neighbors. Continue reading