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Iraq Moves Closer to Civil War


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An Iraqi boy and tribesmen gather to show their readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities on June 16, 2014.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
An Iraqi boy and tribesmen gather to show their readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities on June 16, 2014.

The Sunni militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized the northern city of Tal Afar on Monday, and continues to press south toward Baghdad. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is weighing its options to stem the advance of the insurgents, which range from drone strikes to cooperation with Iran. What, if anything, can the U.S. do to prevent the disintegration of Iraq?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Aaron David Miller, vice president for new initiatives and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former adviser to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state
  • Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, former deputy permanent representative to the United Nations for Iraq (2004-07) and director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University
  • Jeffrey White, defense fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Jiya Gol, BBC correspondent in Baghdad
  • Martha Crenshaw, senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

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