July 1, 2014  

    Minority Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers walked out of a meeting of the new Iraqi parliament after majority Shiites failed to select a replacement for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, escalating fears among citizens as Sunni insurgents advance on the Baghdad. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

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    June 27, 2014  

    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric ramped up pressure on politicians to agree on the nation’s next prime minister by Tuesday. Iraq’s current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, continues to lose the confidence of former allies in the fight against ISIL insurgents. Judy Woodruff talks to Rob Nordland of the New York Times about the struggles to unite politically and what role U.S. is playing. Continue reading

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    June 19, 2014  

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been faulted by some for deepening sectarian divisions now roiling the country. Gwen Ifill talks to Charles Duelfer, former UN and U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, Abbas Kadhim of Johns Hopkins University and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University about what’s undermining Iraq’s stability and best possible outcomes. Continue reading

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    June 18, 2014  

    Sunni militants forced their way into Iraq’s biggest oil refinery as they continued their push south toward Baghdad. But the Iraqi army says it has driven off the Islamist-led insurgents attacking the Baiji complex, and that 40 attackers have been killed — a claim that couldn’t be verified independently. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports from northern Iraq. Continue reading

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    June 13, 2014  

    President Obama said that he will not put U.S. forces on the ground in Iraq, but he is weighing other military options. He also pointed to problems within the Iraqi government and security forces. Judy Woodruff gets views on whether the U.S. should act in Iraq from Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor and retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor. Continue reading

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    June 13, 2014  

    In Kirkuk, Iraq’s army abandoned several vast military bases overnight, leaving behind their uniforms and vehicles and equipment they purposely destroyed before fleeing. Kurdish forces have seized the area instead, arming themselves to fight in hopes of establishing their own state. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports on the advance of the ISIL toward Baghdad. Continue reading

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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

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    December 10, 2013  

    In response to the threat of violence by anti-Assad jihadi rebel fighters, Syria’s Kurdish population has been flooding from that war-torn nation. Many ended up fleeing to Northern Iraq, where they were originally welcomed by the regional government. But as Margaret Warner reports, that sentiment and safety has begun to wane. Continue reading

  • November 26, 2012  

    In Syria’s civil war, a third party fights for autonomy against Syrian rebels and Assad’s government troops: Syria’s Kurds. Turkey’s own Kurd population watches, and tensions increase, especially for those sympathetic to the PKK, who have waged insurgencies for freedom. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • September 10, 2012  

    Recent bombings and shootings have raised doubts over the effectiveness of Iraq’s coalition government to bridge divides between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Margaret Warner talks to the National Endowment for Democracy’s Laith Kubba and Indiana University’s Feisal Istrabadi on the challenges to ending violence and sharing power. Continue reading