- What Islamic State gains by destroying antiquities in IraqFebruary 27, 2015
- Identity of militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmaskedFebruary 26, 2015
A day after the U.S. arrest of three men attempting to join the Islamic State, officials identified the man known as “Jihadi John,” an IS militant who has been seen in brutal videos executing hostages. What motivated Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen, to embrace extremism? Judy Woodruff talks to Peter Neumann of King’s College London about Westerners who may be drawn to terrorism. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, FBI agents arrested two men in New York who were allegedly planning to join Islamic State forces in Syria. Also, Kurdish fighters in Syria cut off a key Islamic State supply line from Iraq. Amid the fighting, IS seized up to 150 Christians from the area. Continue reading
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter convened an extraordinary war council Monday on Iraq’s doorstep, six days after taking office, to discuss the nitty-gritty of the administration’s oft-criticized strategy for countering the Islamic State militant group and probe for gaps and weaknesses.
At a briefing this week, a U.S. official announced plans to take back Iraq’s second biggest city, Mosul, from Islamic State fighters who captured it last June. What are the chances that the operation will succeed? Douglas Ollivant, a military planner in Iraq who served on the National Security Council joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington D.C. with the latest. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, Washington, New York, Trenton and Baltimore all broke temperature records during a burst of arctic air that wreaked havoc by freezing pipes. Also, about 800,000 people who use HealthCare.gov received the wrong tax information from the government. Officials are asking them to delay filing their 2014 returns, meaning their refunds will come later. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the White House summit on fighting extremism, Jeb Bush’s foreign policy platform, Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama’s upbringing and patriotism, as well as the Clintons’ foreign financial ties. Continue reading
The operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. Continue reading
In an interview with Judy Woodruff, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that military action cannot be not the sole response to extremism, and stresses the importance of protecting the rights of marginalized people. They also discuss Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, the crisis in Ukraine and worries about the relevancy and transparency of the United Nations. Continue reading
Hostage-taking has become an important moneymaker for terror groups including the Islamic State. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the larger price of paying ransom and cost-effective ways of fighting terror. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.