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    July 13, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen began an operation against the Islamic State militant group, targeting Anbar province. The launch came as IS claimed responsibility for a series of car bombs and suicide attacks in Baghdad. Also, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent federal prisoners, the majority of whom were serving time for drug charges. Continue reading

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    May 26, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, parts of Houston were under water after torrential downpours overnight. There were more than 500 water rescues and about 2,500 vehicles were abandoned by people seeking higher ground. Elsewhere, 40 people went missing in a vacation area on the Blanco River. Also, a federal appeals court panel maintained a ruling blocking President Obama’s immigration executive action. Continue reading

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    May 25, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to try and to reassure the leader a day after the U.S. defense secretary blamed Iraqi forces for the loss at Ramadi. Also, for the first time in 14 years, no American troops were involved in major ground combat on this Memorial Day. President Obama honored the occasion at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference on May 1, 2015. Speaking from Rome on Wednesday, Carter said the U.S. has no supported Moscow's fight against the Islamic State. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    May 24, 2015   BY Ken Dilanian, Associated Press 

    The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. Continue reading

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    May 19, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Shiite militiamen — allied with the Iraqi army — massed near Ramadi to ready a counterattack, days after the Islamic State captured the Iraqi city. Also, in a historic peace-making gesture, Britain’s Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in Galway, Ireland, 36 years after an IRA bomb killed the prince’s great-uncle. Continue reading

    May 18, 2015  

    The Islamic State’s black flag flew in Ramadi after Iraqi troops and civilians fled the capital of Anbar province on Sunday, leaving behind stockpiles of weapons. The loss of Ramadi is a setback for both Iraq and for American efforts to contain the militant group. In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called in powerful Shiite militias to fight in the largely Sunni region. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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    May 18, 2015  

    What does the fall of Ramadi mean for the fight against the Islamic State group? Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department official Vali Nasr and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, about weaknesses of the Iraqi Army and what it might take to defeat the militant group. Continue reading

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    May 17, 2015  

    Islamic State fighters have taken control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi after that country’s forces fled. The city is now the first major urban center seized by insurgents in Iraq since ISIS launched attacks last year. The Wall Street Journal’s Nour Malas joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Baghdad. Continue reading

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    January 19, 2014  

    The battle between Iraqi tribesmen and al-Qaida forces continued this weekend in the western province of Anbar. What does the situation on the ground look like? Hari Sreenivasan is joined by the Washington Post’s Loveday Morris from Baghdad via Skype to discuss the ongoing violence in the towns of Ramadi and Fallujah. Continue reading

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    January 7, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the Iraqi government attacked al-Qaida militants who have been holding the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah for days. Also, a first round of chemical weapons have left Syria. The UN announced that poison gas materials were put to sea to later be destroyed on a U.S. Navy ship. Continue reading

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