A series of attacks against security forces in Baghdad killed at least 30 people. The violence occurred on the same day that Secretary of State John Kerry met with the new Iraqi political leadership to discuss the Islamic State crisis and Iraq’s wishes for increased assistance and training from the United States for their military. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Matt Bradley of The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading
President Obama has consulted key lawmakers on his strategy against the Islamic State group and polls show the American public supports action. But the president has not sought formal congressional approval for an expanded military campaign. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join Gwen Ifill to offer their views on the possible mission against the militant group. Continue reading
Relationships in the Middle East have changed drastically since the U.S. occupation in Iraq. Now, as Secretary of State John Kerry attempts to bridge gaps between potential allies against the Islamic State, new tensions have arisen. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hisham Melham of Al Arabiya News and Steven Simon of the Middle East Institute to lay out the new political landscape. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Mideast to work on building a coalition of allies to oppose the Islamic State group. But the regional conflicts that cross nations and factions are likely to complicate the effort. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Malaki supporters marched in the streets chanting support for the embattled prime minister, and militias and leaders across Iraq braced for a potential attempt at a military coup. But as yet Malaki has not made an obvious move to retain power. Continue reading
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August. The breakthrough came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed elections. It was a diplomatic victory for Kerry, who has struggled for similar breakthroughs between the Israelis and Palestinians.
In our news wrap Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Afghanistan’s opposing presidential candidates to accept results from an ongoing audit of the runoff election. Also, several thousand Palestinians marched in support of Hamas on the final day of a 72-hour truce as negotiations continue in Egypt for a longer cease-fire. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday condemned violations of the internationally-brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and said the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be a “barbaric” and “absolutely outrageous” action. Continue reading