• January 4, 2016  

    A weekend war of words has ignited a full-scale diplomatic confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, pitting Sunnis against Shiites and Persians against Arabs. Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric touched off widespread protests, condemnation and violent backlash in Iran, prompting Saudi Arabia and its allies to announce they are cutting ties with that nation. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • August 26, 2014  

    The Obama administration has repeatedly stated that it will provide additional military support against the Islamic State militant group only when Iraqis form an inclusive government that can deliver national unity. But can the political system in Baghdad heal the mutual distrust among the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Iraq. Continue reading

  • 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

  • June 27, 2014  

    The U.S. is now flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. civilians and military forces in the Iraqi capital, the Pentagon confirmed. Also, Human Rights Watch released a report alleging that ISIL conducted mass executions of more than 160 men in Tikrit. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports from Baghdad on the growing unease among civilians. Continue reading

  • June 23, 2014  

    Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stern warning during a visit with the Shiite-led Iraqi government, urging immediate and united action to stand against ISIL. Meanwhile government forces lost control of the entire frontier with Syria and Jordan and Sunni insurgents extended their grip across northern and western Iraq. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2014  

    Pressure is mounting for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as ISIL advances toward that nation’s capital. Judy Woodruff talks to Rod Nordland of The New York Times from Baghdad about the future of Iraq’s government and reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he’s sending up to 300 military advisors to Iraq. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2014  

    In Iraq, the country’s most influential Shiite cleric urged the newly elected governing body to convene quickly and choose a speaker and a president to counter the insurgency. Meanwhile, the Pentagon said it expects Iraq to agree to legal protections for the incoming group of military advisers. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • 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

  • June 13, 2014   BY  

    After taking over Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, the Sunni insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant set its sights on Baghdad, launching a debate over what the United States should do — if anything — to help. Continue reading

  • June 10, 2014  

    Known as ISIS or ISIL, a Sunni militant group has taken over parts of the northern city of Mosul, a strategic hub for Iraq’s oil industry, as well as a gateway to Syria. Judy Woodruff is joined by Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy and Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War to discuss the larger impact of the takeover on Iraq and its neighbors. Continue reading

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