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ISIS Gains Ground in Syria; Another Journalist at Risk


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Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car which belonged to Islamic State (IS) militants after it was targeted by an American air strike north of Mosul, Iraq.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car which belonged to Islamic State (IS) militants after it was targeted by an American air strike north of Mosul, Iraq.

The progress of ISIS in Syria is forcing President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the U.S., to consider what comes next. Meanwhile, ISIS threatens the life of journalist Steven Sotloff, days after the release of a video showing the killing of fellow journalist James Foley. We discuss the latest developments, and the U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University in Ohio
  • Danielle Pletka, senior vice president, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Shadi Hamid, fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy and author of "Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East"

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