Militants Take Key Cities In Iraq, Advance Toward Baghdad

Iraqi policemen are seen on patrol inside a military base in Baghdad, on June 11, 2014, after the parliament had received a joint request from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the president's office to declare a state of emergency. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Al-Qaida-inspired militants have captured two key cities in Iraq in the last two days, and they’re now threatening to take Baghdad.

The Sunni extremists from a group known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, on Tuesday, and on Wednesday took Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti talks to Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at RAND, and author of “Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq,” about this dramatic and swift turn of events.

Guest

  • Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at RAND and author of “Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq.” She tweets @RobinsonL100.
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