Syria

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    October 13, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, CDC director Tom Frieden stressed the importance of improving the safety of health workers on the front lines of treating Ebola after a Dallas nurse was confirmed to have contracted the disease by caring for Thomas Eric Duncan. Also, Islamic State fighters captured an Iraqi military training camp. The militants now control strategic towns and have advanced toward Baghdad. Continue reading

  • October 11, 2014   BY Bradley Klapper, Associated Press 

    The Obama administration’s promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State militants makes it difficult to accept Turkey’s terms for joining the fight in neighboring Syria. Continue reading

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    October 10, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, the UN envoy to Syria warned there could be a massacre if the border town of Kobani is fully captured by the Islamic State. The militants have already taken 40 percent of the town despite stepped-up coalition airstrikes. Also, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s absence from another major public event stoked speculation about who’s in charge of the country. Continue reading

  • panetta
    October 9, 2014  

    Leon Panetta was involved in the war on terror, the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the wind-down of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the former CIA director and defense secretary is out with a memoir that has made headlines for its criticism of President Obama’s leadership. Panetta joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his book, “Worthy Fights,” the Islamic State and Washington dysfunction. Continue reading

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    October 8, 2014  

    While Islamic State forces seem poised to take the border town of Kobani, President Obama and military leaders are weighing what more can be done to combat the militants marching toward Turkey. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michèle Flournoy, a former Defense Department official, and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army Intelligence officer, on the effectiveness of the U.S.-led fight. Continue reading

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    October 7, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that a Syrian border town would likely fall to the Islamic State after a night of heavy fighting with Kurdish defenders. In Turkey, Paris and Brussels, Kurds protested the lack of Turkish military action against the Islamic State. Also, U.S. health officials considered new protocol for screening international travelers for Ebola. Continue reading

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    October 6, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three neuroscientists for discovering the brain system that helps people orient themselves. Also, pro-democracy protests seemed to wane in Hong Kong. Talks have begun between the government and activists, but some demonstrators vowed to stand their ground until demands are met. Continue reading

  • thewaronisis
    October 5, 2014  

    Islamic State jihadists made several gains in cities throughout the Middle East over the past week and was met with powerful resistance in others. To try to make sense of what’s occurring on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq, former Director of the National Security Council Douglas Ollivant joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington. Continue reading

  • A fighter of the Islamic State group carries their flag. Screen grab from PBS NewsHour.
    October 4, 2014   BY Lara Jakes, Associated Press 

    Within days of a military defeat, the group would release images of more beheadings – at least nine over six weeks – of Western journalists, aid workers and Muslim soldiers. The tactic signals that even as the Islamic State group suffers battlefield losses, it is holding on to its edge in the propaganda war. U.S. officials say that’s the only way the militants can continue to maintain support and attract new recruits. Continue reading

  • SANLIURFA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 3: A photograph taken from Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey-Syria border province, shows that security forces take precautions near Mursitpinar border gate as smoke trails over Ayn al-Arab city during the ongoing clashes between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish armed groups in Ayn al-Arab, October 3, 2014. (Photo by Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
    October 3, 2014  

    Islamic State militants continue to advance along the Syria-Turkey border, despite ongoing U.S. airstrikes supported by regional allies. Judy Woodruff sits down with chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner for more on Turkey’s complicated relationships to the Syrian conflict, its Kurdish population and the coalition fight against the militant group. Continue reading