Losing Iraq

July 29, 2014

FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?

(84:10) FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: What went wrong? How did we get here?

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Can Haider al-Abadi Bridge Iraq’s Sectarian Divide?

Not without reining in the Shia militias operating on the ground, according to experts who spoke to FRONTLINE.

Number of U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Already Exceeds Those in Yemen, Somalia

The president pointed to the U.S. air campaigns in Yemen and Somalia as successful implementations of his planned strategy against ISIS.

Why Are So Many Westerners Joining ISIS?

And do they pose an imminent danger to the U.S. and other Western targets?

“For Now, It Seems, Iraq Is No More”

“Today, you are either a Shia, a Sunni, a Christian, a Kurd,” writes FRONTLINE’s Martin Smith from Baghdad. “You are not an Iraqi first.”

Inside a Camp for Iraqis Fleeing ISIS

As the U.S. airstrikes begin, FRONTLINE producer Martin Smith reports from Mosul on the developing crisis.

Inside the Rise of ISIS

It may have seemed sudden but ISIS has been rebuilding inside Iraq — turning itself into a professional military force — for years, according to Brookings Institute analyst Charles Lister.

Can the Kurds Hold Out Against ISIS?

In the last week, ISIS and the Kurds have turned their guns on each other. What happens next?

Baghdad Dispatch: Checkpoint (In)Security

More than 10 years after the fall of Saddam, the people of Baghdad might reasonably have hoped that they could drive about their city without worrying about kidnappings and bombings.

Zalmay Khalilzad: Maliki and the “Unmaking of Iraq”

“It was the troop [pullout]; it was the elections, the post-election management; it was Syria. All the three, I think, together is the unmaking of Iraq.”

The Iraq War’s Key Players: Where Are They Now?

From Muqtada al-Sadr to the Sons of Iraq, these players shaped Iraq during the war. They may still have a role to play in its future.

Ryan Crocker: “Our National Security… Is At Stake Right Now”

The former ambassador to Iraq on his concerns before the war, and why we should be concerned about the threat posed by ISIS

James Jeffrey: Iraq Was a “Historic, Dramatic” Failure for Bush and Obama

The longtime diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq details what each administration got wrong

David Petraeus: ISIS’s Rise in Iraq Isn’t a Surprise

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq on the surge, and why the U.S. should’ve seen ISIS coming.

Jack Keane: Leaving Iraq Was an “Absolute Strategic Failure”

The general who helped create the surge talks about what went wrong in Iraq

Stephen Hadley: How Bush Started — and Ended — the Iraq War

President Bush’s national security adviser on the administration’s relationship with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and President Obama’s options going forward

Dispatch: Return to Baghdad

FRONTLINE producer Martin Smith, who made four films on Iraq, has just arrived in Baghdad after a long absence. He’s currently producing a film on the unfolding crisis in the country.

FRONTLINE Announces July 29 Special on the Chaos in Iraq

A special, in-depth report: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?

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