Islamist militants

  • August 21, 2014  

    Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Steven Simon of the Middle East Institute join Judy Woodruff to discuss the threat the Islamic State poses and how they’re recruiting members, including westerners. Continue reading

  • July 28, 2014  

    Stability in Libya has continued to deteriorate due to regional rivalries and the lacking of strong governance since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Jeffrey Brown talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the risk of Libya becoming a failed state, spillover effects for the region and whether the United States and other allies can play a role in easing the chaos. Continue reading

  • June 2, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, Russia convened an emergency session of the UN Security Council to press for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine. Hundreds of pro-Russian rebels attacked a border guard camp in Eastern Ukraine. Also, at least 20 people were killed in Libya in the latest fighting against Islamist militants. Libyan army helicopters attacked militia camps and strongholds in Benghazi. Continue reading

  • May 14, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, at least 274 miners in Turkey were confirmed dead, with up to 150 others trapped by a coal mine collapse. Relatives waited for news and mourned their loved ones while crowds protested against the government. Meanwhile, the president of Nigeria rejected Islamist group Boko Haram’s offer to exchange missing schoolgirls for jailed militants. Continue reading

  • May 13, 2014  

    Nigeria’s government confirmed that a “window of negotiation” is open to Boko Haram with respect to the return of hundreds of teenage girls kidnapped from a school in a remote village. Meanwhile the U.S. began manned surveillance flights over the region and authorities tried to piece together how the attack and abduction was carried out. Gwen Ifill has an update. Continue reading

  • May 12, 2014  

    Judy Woodruff talks to J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council about the strategy and leverage behind Boko Haram’s release of a video reportedly showing some of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, the Nigerian government’s political agenda and the likelihood of finding the girls. Continue reading

  • May 12, 2014  

    A video released by Islamist group Boko Haram apparently shows more than a hundred of the missing girls captured from a Nigerian school. The video arrives with an offer to swap the students with militants held by the government. Rageh Omaar of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • May 7, 2014  

    A small team of U.S. specialists will head to Nigeria to help efforts in locating more than 270 girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school — a provocative attack that has drawn international outrage. To examine expectations for U.S. assistance, Jeffrey Brown talks to Jon Temin of the United States Institute of Peace and Heather Murdock of The Christian Science Monitor. Continue reading

  • May 7, 2014  

    Deadly unrest continued in Nigeria, where hundreds of people were killed in another militant attack. The uncertain fate of more than 270 abducted schoolgirls continues to haunt the country and the girls’ community in particular. The U.S. and U.K. are sending military and intelligence specialists to help aid their return. Rageh Omaar of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading