• airstrikes
    August 8, 2014  

    Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the Obama administration’s decision to launch airstrikes and drop humanitarian aid inside Iraq. Rhodes answers conservative criticism that the U.S. needs a stronger military strategy, as well liberal criticism that military intervention is a slippery slope. Continue reading

  • iraqwrap
    August 8, 2014  

    American warplanes and an unmanned drone targeted fighters and artillery of the Islamic State militant group in northern Iraq. President Obama announced the strikes — the first since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in 2011 — as thousands of displaced minority Christians and Yazidis remained stranded on Sinjar Mountain without food or water. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • Iraqi Yazidis flee from Sinjar to Dohuk's Lalesh
    August 7, 2014  

    The White House is weighing launching airstrikes and sending humanitarian aid as the crisis darkens for displaced Christians and Yazidis fleeing Islamist militants in northern Iraq. Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the rationale for U.S. military assistance has shifted, and the events that have pushed the U.S. to its tipping point. Continue reading

  • othernews
    July 11, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, leading Republicans demanded change to a 2008 statute that bars quicker deportations for children illegally crossing the border. Several Democratic lawmakers say they oppose such a move, but the White House left open the possibility. Also, Kurdish forces in Iraq captured two major oil fields in the northern part of the country. Continue reading

  • iraq2
    July 2, 2014  

    Kurdish leaders are making their case for independence, despite U.S. pleas to keep Iraq intact. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of foreign relations for the Kurdish regional government about the instability of Iraq and the influence of U.S. support — or lack thereof. Continue reading

  • iraq1b
    July 2, 2014  

    Iraqi Kurds in the country’s northeast are taking advantage of Baghdad’s battle with Sunni insurgents, in hopes of gaining their own state. Kurdish leaders are vowing to hold a vote on independence, a move denounced by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discouraged by the Obama administration. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

    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

  • iraq2
    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

  • President Obama Holds News Conference With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki At The White House
    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

  • iraq1_oilrefinery_fire
    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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