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PRI's The World

Henry Kissinger would not have supported the Iraq War if he'd known what he knows now

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Henry Kissinger grapples with the underpinnings of global conflict in his new book "World Order." He spoke with PRI's The World host Marco Werman today about a range of issues, including the war on ISIS. But when we asked about his role in the 1973 coup in Chile, he refused to answer.

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PRI's The World

The US war on ISIS will look a lot like the American role in Yemen and Somalia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When the US responded to terrorism after 9/11, it used troops and massive force in the Middle East. The new war declared last night by President Obama against the terrorist organization know as the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, will look very different.

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PRI's The World

Can the US 'destroy' ISIS without American ground troops?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama has committed the US to war with the Islamist militants of ISIS, but he has also limited his military options. Newsweek's Middle East editor thinks the effort might be too little, too late.

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PRI's The World

ISIS has mastered high-end video production in its new propaganda wing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ISIS knows media and messaging, from its black and white flag to its raised index finger gesture to its tweets. Now the group has a new propaganda wing that is producing sophisticated, effects-laden videos in styles from rock videos to action movies. Reporter Bruce Wallace shares some examples and what experts think ISIS is hoping to achieve.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Expanding Attack on ISIS

Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama told the nation last night that U.S. efforts against ISIS will expand. What are we really in for? And who's going to join us?

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PRI's The World

Graphic images of war are hard to stomach — but some say they're necessary

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When news outlets decide to publish graphic photos of war and violence, they often face censorship, opposition or anger for doing so. In the wake of the release of ISIS beheading videos, one journalist argues that there is value in bearing witness to war, even its ugliest parts.

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PRI's The World

Not everyone agrees that ISIS poses a serious threat to the US

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

National security experts agree that ISIS is bad news, but is it such bad news that it warrants an American military intervention? With President Barack Obama set to address the nation on Wednesday, suggest further actions might be a mistake.

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PRI's The World

Mosul residents will be listening closely to President Obama's speech

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

American credibility is on the line as the US prepares to act against ISIS, but no one has more at stake than those who live in or have loved ones in the militant group's path. In the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, those people are eagerly awaiting President Obama's speech.

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PRI's The World

Obama will outline his strategy for fighting the Islamic State movement

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday, and he's expected to make his case for further US military action against the militants who call themselves the Islamic State. The president is likely to announce a continuation of the air campaign that began against ISIS in Iraq a month ago, and the possible start of airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Is the Military Ready for Another Mid-East Conflict?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More than 2.5 million American service members have been deployed to war since 2001. As the president prepares his strategy to fight ISIS, is the military ready?

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The Takeaway

Are New Alliances Enough to Combat ISIS?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Will the need to fight a common enemy change alliances and shift power in the Middle East? And where will the US's efforts fit in along this shifting landscape?  

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PRI's The World

A ship full of Kurdish oil remains trapped at sea off the coast of Texas

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

An oil tanker is sitting 60 miles off the Texas coast, trapped at sea with one million barrels of crude oil from Kurdish Iraq. It's worth $100 million, but Baghdad and the government of the country's autonomous Kurdish region can't agree on who's allowed to sell it.

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PRI's The World

Iraqis welcome further US airstrikes, but worry they'll get more than they asked for

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday and unveil his strategy for defeating ISIS, the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria. And while Iraqis say they're happy about the prospect of more American airstrikes against ISIS, they want ground troops to stay away.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Will it Take to "Systematically Degrade" ISIS?

Monday, September 08, 2014

President Obama says that there's an international coalition forming -- and he'll be asking for the support of Congress -- to degrade ISIS. What will that process look like?

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PRI's The World

Fijian peacekeepers in Iraq aren't just a battalion — they're a choir

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fijian soldiers have been part of UN peacekeeping operations in Iraq since 2004. Five have been killed and others are being held captive by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. One way the brigade stays committed and strong is to sing. And they believe it keeps them safe, as well.

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PRI's The World

Ever wonder what the black-and-white ISIS flag means?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It's reminiscent of a black-and-white pirate flag and, for some, it conjures up similar feelings of death, destruction, outlaws and violence. Here is our quick explanation of the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of its Arabic phrases.

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The Takeaway

Escape From an ISIS Massacre

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In June, ISIS massacred hundreds of Iraqi military recruits. The lone survivor spoke to Takeaway partner The New York Times.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Defining ISIS

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The terror group ISIS continues to claim more regional territory and grow in ambitions -- as well as erode the traditional religious, cultural, and ethnic lines within Iraq and Syria.

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PRI's The World

An ISIS video appears to show the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Steven Sotloff, an American reporter held for more than a year after his capture in Syria, appeared to be the victim of an execution by the Islamist militant group ISIS. After being shown in the recording of journalist James Foley's killing, Sotloff's murder was also filmed and distributed on the Internet.

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PRI's The World

A friend remembers American journalist Steven Sotloff

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A video has been released purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist, Steven Sotloff, at the hands of militants from the terrorist organization that refers to itself as the Islamic State. Janine di Giovanni, Middle East editor at Newsweek, a friend and colleague of Sotloff's, remembers him from better times.

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