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Iraq

The Brian Lehrer Show

In Syria, Do We "Have a Strategy Yet"?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

President Obama said he "doesn't have a strategy yet" when it comes to intervening in Syria. New York Times correspondent David Sanger discusses what we know about what comes next.

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PRI's The World

A former UN relief coordinator says Iraqi and Syrian refugees pose the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation

Monday, September 01, 2014

Jan Egeland says the current crisis caused by the Syrian civil war affects far more people than the notorious violence in Rwanda and the Balkans more than a decade ago. And the former UN official says no nation is addressing it — from the West to the Arab World, or powers like China and Russia.

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PRI's The World

Britain could strip citizenship from those who join Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria

Monday, September 01, 2014

The debate between security and civil liberties continues to heat up in the UK. More than 500 British citizens have reportedly gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, and the government wants to increase measures to make sure they don't bring violence with them when they return home.

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PRI's The World

Kurds in northern Iraq now suspect their Arab neighbors of siding with ISIS

Monday, September 01, 2014

As Kurdish forces repel the militant group ISIS from areas in the north of Iraq, some believe they're also using the moment to push Arabs out of the villages where the groups have lived together for decades.

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PRI's The World

This hobbyist-turned-journalist is a one-man digital detective agency

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bellingcat is a new website for citizen journalists to do what you might call social media detective work. On the site, bloggers and journalists use crowdsourcing, geolocation and reviewing satellite images to gather intelligence in conflict zones around the world.

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PRI's The World

The number of British Islamist fighters rises, and so does the UK's threat level

Friday, August 29, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron says "the threat is growing" from groups like ISIS and the British subjects they've attracted to the fight in the Middle East. That's why the British government raised its terror alert level on Friday, but few other details are coming out about the threat.

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The Takeaway

Into The Heart of the Jihadist Ideology

Friday, August 29, 2014

How, really, is a homegrown terrorist born? Today The Takeaway explores how the grassroots mentality of ISIS is creating pockets of homegrown terrorists around the world.

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The Takeaway

Examining The Inner Workings of ISIS

Friday, August 29, 2014

Newly seized documents reveal the organizational structure of ISIS—where its leaders come from, and how they became involved with the insurgent group. 

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PRI's The World

Kurdish soldiers are paying for their weapons out of their own pockets

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Kurdish peshmerga forces have proven to be the most effective army in Iraq for battling ISIS. But in order to keep up the fight, they have to buy their own guns.

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PRI's The World

A blogger's hobby becomes a valuable war reporting tool

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pioneered by people like Eliot Higgins, new social media techniques are being used by journalists to track or "geolocate" terrorists as seen in their propaganda photos and videos. For reporters locked out of dangerous conflict zones, such methods are becoming important new ways to get the story.

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The Takeaway

Is There Such a Thing As a Just War?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last week, Pope Francis entered into a conversation about war and confronting evil. When he was asked about ISIS, Francis said that the militant group must be stopped.

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The Takeaway

The U.S. & ISIS: New Questions Over Doing Deals With Dictators

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Do we know who our friends are? Though the U.S. once considered bombing Syria, some say that aligning with President Bashar Al-Assad, who has been fighting ISIS, is a necessary evil.

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PRI's The World

Washington is talking tough on ISIS, but its plans for intervention don't seem to measure up

Monday, August 25, 2014

A growing number of high-ranking American officials say that ISIS, the militant group that controls much of northern Iraq, must be defeated. The White House is considering plans to send ground troops to aid Iraq in the fight, but experts say even those expanded plans won't be enough to win.

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PRI's The World

In Syria, the Nusra Front tries to distinguish itself from the Islamic State

Monday, August 25, 2014

The group in Syria that was holding US journalist Theo Curtis is called the Nusra Front. It's affiliated with al-Qaeda, but opposed to the Islamic State movement. Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, parses out who's who.

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The Takeaway

ISIS & America's Need to Step Up

Monday, August 25, 2014

The longest continuously-serving American official in Iraq reflects on the country’s tumultuous future.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International Politics: Iraq Vs. ISIS

Monday, August 25, 2014

Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post talks about developments in Iraq.

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PRI's The World

Why these Iraqi kids are bucking the trend — and their parents — to stay in Baghdad

Friday, August 22, 2014

More than half of all Iraqis are under the age of 20. But as most of the country is gripped by violence and instability, opportunities for young Iraqis are evaporating, and more and more are emigrating abroad. One group of friends say they’re determined to break that trend.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Alawites to Yazidis: A Guide to Religious Communities in the Middle East

Friday, August 22, 2014

This week's Please Explain is about religious communities in the Middle East—Shia, Sunni, Alawite, Yazidi, and more—and their political conflicts and power struggles.

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PRI's The World

The extremists who killed James Foley are as brutal as they are Internet savvy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.

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PRI's The World

Hundreds of Britons, including the man who killed James Foley, are fighting for ISIS

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The man who executed American reporter James Foley spoke with a British accent, presumably one of hundreds of British nationals that authorities think are fighting alongside members of ISIS. So why are they there, and how can they be stopped?

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