• Iraqi soldiers salute as they stand next to a mass grave for Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit
    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Shi'ite fighters known as Hashid Shaabi walk as smoke rises from an explosives-laden military vehicle driven by an Islamic State suicide bomber which exploded during an attack on the southern edge of Tikrit
    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

  • Shi'ite fighters look at smoke from a military vehicle driven by an Islamic State suicide bomber, which exploded during an attack on the southern edge of Tikrit, March 12, 2015. The Iraqi government asked the U.S. in March to provide airstrikes in support of the Iraqi ground offensive against Islamic State forces. Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
    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

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    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

  • An Islamic State flag hangs on the wall of an abandoned building in Tel Hamis in Hasaka countryside after the YPG took control of the area
    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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    March 4, 2015  

    American warplanes are staying out of Iraq’s offensive against Tikrit, instead targeting Islamic State militants elsewhere. Judy Woodruff talks to retired Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, about how the U.S. is supporting the Iraqi-led effort, concern about sectarian retribution, the of role Iran and stemming the flow of foreign fighters. Continue reading

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