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  • A view of a street in Falluja, Iraq, after government forces recaptured the city from Islamic State militants, June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad - RTX2J1KQ
    October 7, 2016  

    An hour west of Baghdad, Fallujah used to be a thriving population center. Two years ago, it was overtaken by the Islamic State. The Iraqi army regained control of the city in June but now faces another hurdle: rebuilding. In over a decade of warfare, nearly all of Fallujah has been destroyed. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Continue reading

  • Shi'ite fighters from Saraya al-Salam, who are loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, gather at site of a suicide attack at the entrance of the Shi'ite Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad, north of Baghdad, Iraq, July 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2KB5P
    October 5, 2016  

    Militia groups, made up mostly of Shia fighters and often backed by Iran, have become instrumental in the charge to drive the Islamic State from Iraq. But their battlefield presence makes them a controversial force — many militia members are accused of war crimes and have killed Americans. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Continue reading

  • Smoke rises from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning. Photo by Mehdi Ghasemi/Reuters
    January 3, 2016   BY  

    Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday in response to attacks on its embassy and a consulate. Widespread protests took place this weekend over Saudi Arabia executed a leading Shiite cleric. Continue reading

  • Syrian civilians who volunteered to join local Self Protection Units to protect their neighbourhoods alongside the Syrian army attend training in Damascus countryside, Syria December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki  - RTX1XCDP
    December 18, 2015   BY  

    One nation, two wars, a quarter-million lives lost, millions forced from their homes, and still no end in sight for the crisis in Syria. Continue reading

  • A Huthi Shiite militant inspects what remains of a hotel destroyed in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on May 31, 2015 in Al-Thawra sport city located north of the capital Sanaa. Human Rights Watch published new evidence alleging a Saudi-led coalition is using internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen, urging it to stop such attacks that were harming civilians.     AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
    June 19, 2015  

    Many people think of the civil war in Yemen in broad terms – Shia versus Sunni, Saudi Arabia versus Iran. But what does the constant fighting mean to those in the country? Jane Ferguson examines how the ongoing struggle is affecting everyday Yemenis, providing an on-the-ground perspective on the war. Continue reading

  • A view of vehicle wreckages after a suicide car bomber blew himself at a checkpoint near Mistrata
    May 21, 2015  

    New victories by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Libya are fueling debate and criticism in Washington over the U.S. strategy and reliance on airstrikes against the militant group. Gwen Ifill talks to David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s former deputy UN ambassador, about the complicated challenges facing the U.S. Continue reading

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    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

  • Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi
    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

  • Crime scene investigators look at the ground after a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in Sanaa
    March 20, 2015  

    In Yemen’s capital city Sanaa, four bombings rocked two crowded mosques during Friday prayers. At least 137 people were killed, according to a report. The mosques are controlled by Shiite “Houthi” rebels who stormed the capital last fall and control a growing swath of the country. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, which drew a skeptical response from Washington. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    October 18, 2014  

    For more on the Iraq parliament’s approval of Sunni and Shiite ministers, ISIS’s presence in Anbar province and the group’s encroachment on Baghdad, Douglas Ollivant, a partner with global strategic consulting firm Mantid International, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington. Continue reading

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