In our news wrap Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that he will now support Haider al-Abadi’s nomination to succeed him. Meanwhile, President Obama confirmed that the crisis facing Yazidi refugees in northern Iraq has greatly eased, lessening the need for U.S. humanitarian aid. Also, thousands of Pakistani anti-government protesters demanded their prime minister resign. Continue reading
Hari Sreenivasan recently spoke with Professor Christine Allison about the Yezidis, a Kurdish religious minority group who are being targeted by Islamic militants in Iraq. Professor Allison teaches at the University of Exeter where she focuses on Kurdish History and politics. She shared her knowledge of the Yazidis and their history.
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the Obama administration’s decision to launch airstrikes and drop humanitarian aid inside Iraq. Rhodes answers conservative criticism that the U.S. needs a stronger military strategy, as well liberal criticism that military intervention is a slippery slope. Continue reading