Iraq Moves Closer to Civil War

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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?


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

Martha Crenshaw, senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

Jeffrey White, defense fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Jiya Gol, BBC correspondent in Baghdad