Sunni militants

  • August 20, 2014  

    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is taking its toll on displaced Christians and those in the minority Yazidi community. As brutal attacks from the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State continue, hundreds of thousands have fled to the country’s Kurdish region. Margaret Warner toured one refugee camp near the Syrian border to find Iraqis in a state of shock and desperation. Continue reading

  • June 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki called for all factions to unite against a Sunni insurgency. However, he insisted that forming a unity government, as President Obama and others have pressed, would amount to a coup. Also, supporters of gay marriage won two new legal victories in Utah and Indiana. Continue reading

  • 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

  • June 19, 2014  

    President Obama announced that he will be sending up to 300 military advisors to Iraq, but stressed that the Iraqis will be ultimately responsible for stabilizing the uprising. The president also pushed that country’s leaders to seek a political solution. Meanwhile, Iraqi soldiers and helicopters faced off against Sunni extremists at Iraq’s main oil refinery north of Baghdad. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • 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

  • June 17, 2014  

    The insurgency by Sunni militants in Iraq, known as ISIL or ISIS, adds conflict to an already volatile region. Gwen Ifill talks to Hisham Melhem of Al Arabiya News and Mary-Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress about the failure to stifle ISIL’s growth in Syria, the prospect of U.S. collaboration with Iran and the divergent agendas of Iraq’s other neighboring nations. Continue reading

  • June 17, 2014  

    In Baghdad, 10 people were killed in a car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood today. In the north, Shia militia appeared to join fight in lieu of security forces. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports from Iraq on refugees fleeing Mosul and Tal Afar, as well as a video released by the insurgency calling for all Sunnis around the globe to rise up and support ISIL. Continue reading

  • June 16, 2014  

    The Sunni militants known as ISIL or ISIS continue to broaden their control over the northern Iraq. What are their origins and how does the group compare to other insurgencies? Gwen Ifill learns more from journalist Rania Abouzeid and Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation. Continue reading

  • June 16, 2014  

    The town of Tal Afar in northern Iraq fell to jihadists overnight. A city official said families were trapped in their houses by the fighting and that many people were killed. Meanwhile, a new video was released showing Sunni militants killing Iraqi army prisoners, a day after photos emerged of an alleged mass execution of soldiers. Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

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    The Iraqi Ministry of Communications has blocked social media networks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in Iraq to prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from “using the outlets to organise their insurgency.”
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