• 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

  • April 17, 2015  

    Tikrit is the first major Sunni city retaken from the Islamic State militants, who were pushed out of that stronghold with the help of U.S. airstrikes and Shia fighters — some of whom are backed and equipped by Iran. But the struggle for national reconciliation is far from over, with accusations of looting and revenge attacks. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports. Continue reading

  • April 5, 2015  

    Despite being ousted recently from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, Iraq, the Islamic State made important new gains this weekend in Syria, taking control of an area near Damascus. Part of what is driving the extremist group’s success is the growing role of former officials from Saddam Hussein’s military who are now playing a key role within ISIS. Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss. Continue reading

  • March 26, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence declared a public health emergency in response to an epidemic of new HIV cases caused by intravenous drug use in his state. Also, the first tornadoes of the season hit Arkansas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person in Tulsa. The storms flattened homes and businesses, toppled power lines and caused injuries. Continue reading

  • March 25, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, investigators continued to search for debris and answers after an airplane crash in the French Alps. U.S. officials confirmed there were three Americans on the flight. Also, as Secretary of State John Kerry returned to talks on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s foreign minister told his nation’s news agency that any deal must include the immediate lifting of all sanctions. Continue reading

  • March 16, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, officials are assessing the damage left by Cyclone Pam, which blasted the South Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu this weekend and left 24 dead and and more than 3,300 homeless. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin resurfaced after 10 days out of the public view without explanation. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2015  

    Iraqi security forces and Shia militia members fought Islamic State fighters in Tikrit earlier this week in their biggest offensive yet against the militants. If successful, it would be the first time pro-government forces beat back ISIS to recover a major Iraqi city. But now, U.S. military leaders are worried about what could happen next. Douglas Ollivant, former National Security Council Director for Iraq joins Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2015  

    Heavy fighting continued in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as Iraqi forces and militias moved in on the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, 25 Iraqi soldiers were killed in a friendly fire incident involving an aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition against the militants. Gwen Ifill gets an update on both stories from special correspondent Jane Arraf in Iraq. Continue reading

  • March 11, 2015  

    Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to request authorization for war powers against the Islamic State forces. Gwen Ifill reports on Congress’ questioning of the Obama administration’s military priorities. Continue reading

  • March 4, 2015  

    On Monday, Iraq launched an operation to retake Tikrit, its biggest offensive yet against the Islamic State militants who have controlled portions of Syria and Iraq since last summer. A dozen nations have launched thousands of airstrikes against the group, allowing Iraq’s military to slowly retake a little of what it lost. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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