U.S. Weighing Options As Militants Vow To Seize Baghdad

An Iraqi policeman mans a checkpoint in the capital Baghdad on June 12, as jihadists and anti-government fighters have spearheaded a major offensive that overrun all of Nineveh province. Jihadists are pushing toward Baghdad after capturing a town only 56 miles to its north, in a lightning three-day offensive the Iraqi government has failed to stop. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, today vowed to take control of Baghdad, after seizing two major Iraqi cities in the past two days.

U.S. military experts think it’s unlikely that the group could seize Baghdad, but officials in the White House and Pentagon are considering a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to send drones and U.S. airmen.

New York Times reporter Tim Arango joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti from Erbil, Iraq, with details.


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