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PRI's The World

A Marine who fought in Iraq reflects on the country's challenges today

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tim McLaughlin was one of the first US Marines to enter Iraq in 2003. He was there on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein fell. The American flag that was placed on top of the statue belonged to him.

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PRI's The World

Many veterans remember Robin Williams' morale-boosting performances for the troops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The late Robin Williams made many of us laugh just when we needed it most. His gift was perhaps never more poignant and important as when he performed for US troops fighting overseas. The comedian devoted many hours to entertaining with the USO.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.S. in Iraq: Where's Our Coalition?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The U.S. is bombing key ISIS strongholds in Northern Iraq, helping Kurdish forces reassert their control. But what's the role of the other regional powers in helping the cause? Vijay Prashad, Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, also a columnist for Frontline, discusses the conflict in the region and how other groups are providing help.   

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PRI's The World

War, politics and humanitarian disasters give Iraq a perfect storm of crises

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iraq has a new problem on its hands: A political showdown between current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his would-be successor. And the wrangling and potential violence are taking place against a backdrop of a massive humanitarian crisis and American intervention in northern Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Stopping a Crisis From Becoming a Catastrophe

Monday, August 11, 2014

Is the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS in northern Iraq with drones and aid to Kurds too little, too late?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Return to Iraq

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bobby Ghosh, managing editor of Quartz, talks about the latest from Iraq and the debate over renewed U.S. military intervention there in support of American personnel in Erbil and the Yazidi refugees.

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WNYC News

New York Veterans Weigh in on U.S. Military Action in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent New York veterans are weighing in on President Barack Obama’s decision to launch air strikes on Islamic extremists in Iraq, and provide humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of inhabitants of the country who fled to remote mountains in the north, where they are now trapped.

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PRI's The World

A trench is all that stands between ISIS and some Iraqi refugees

Friday, August 08, 2014

ISIS militants have persecuted non-Islamic Iraqis as they've taken control of parts of northern Iraq. In some cases, particularly that of the Yazidi sect, escaping ISIS has meant fleeing on a moment's notice and taking huge risks to stay alive.

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PRI's The World

The situation in Iraq is 'a humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, an Iraqi minority group are stuck in the mountains of Northern Iraq where they fled from ISIS. They have little food, water and no way out.

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The Takeaway

'If No One Intervenes, It's Going To Be Too Late'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hear powerful testimony from a Yazidi refugee in Nebraska whose relatives are among the 40,000 people who fled ISIS militants in northwestern Iraq and are now trapped atop the peaks of Mount Sinjar with little food or water. President Obama last night announced limited strikes and humanitarian air drops.

 

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PRI's The World

Meet the female colonel leading Kurdish forces into battle against ISIS

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Nahida Ahmed Rashid began her military career years ago, fighting for the Kurdish separatist cause. Now she's the highest-ranking woman in the Kurdish peshmerga and squaring off with her troops against Islamic militants who've taken northern Iraq by storm.

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PRI's The World

Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ faces his hardest task yet — writing about ISIS

Thursday, August 07, 2014

There are more than five million Iraqis living outside Iraq — immigrants and, increasingly, refugees. From all over the world, they're watching helplessly as their country is coming under new attack by the Islamist extremist group ISIS. Now, an Iraqi American rapper is using his voice to tell the world what's happening.

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PRI's The World

A mystery oil tanker is anchored in limbo outside of Houston

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

An oil tanker sitting 60 miles off the coast of Texas holds $100 million worth of crude oil. But for now, no one knows who's allowed to sell it, who the buyer is or even where the oil will eventually go.

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PRI's The World

The battle against ISIS leads to odd alliances in Iraq

Monday, August 04, 2014

Iraq's prime minister is putting aside his differences with Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq as both groups fight militants from ISIS. The United States is also finding an unusual ally in Iran as both countries try to shore up the government in Baghdad.

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PRI's The World

Beer and Chivas fly off the shelves as Baghdad's liquor stores reopen after Ramadan

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ramadan is finally over, and for many Muslims that means big feasts with family and friends. For Baghdad's drinkers, it also means goodbye to the black market for booze and hello again to their local liquor stores

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PRI's The World

Baghdad's police are just waiting for the next car bombing

Thursday, July 31, 2014

General Malik Maliki of Baghdad's federal police force has lost 10 men in the space of three days to bombings, and he expects the number to climb.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Entanglements in Iraq and Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On today’s show: Sean Hemingway talks about his grandfather Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! CIA and National Security Council veteran Bruce Riedel tells the story of America's secret war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Maggie Gyllenhaal tells us about her role in the new SundanceTV miniseries “The Honorable Woman,”  a drama about the volatile politics of the Middle East. Michael Kirk discusses his Frontline documentary, “Losing Iraq,” which traces the role the United States has played from the 2003 invasion to the current violence—exploring how and why Iraq is now coming undone.

The Leonard Lopate Show

America’s Role in the Unfolding Chaos in Iraq

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: How did we get here? What went wrong? And what happens now?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Iraq War Vet Returns to Find Baghdad on the Edge of Ruin

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Roy Scranton served in the United States Army in Iraq 2003. He talks about what he found when he returned to Baghdad this year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Past and Present: In India, Italy and Iraq

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simon Denyer, former Indian bureau chief for the Washington Post, looks at corruption, the expanding middle class, and the people who are shaping democracy and politics in India. Joseph Luzzi talks about Italy’s passion for art, food, and family, and the country’s north-south divide, and why Italian Americans have a complicated relationship with the “old country.” The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman and Leonard debate whether a hot dog is a sandwich. Roy Scranton, a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003, on returning to Baghdad and the state of that country 10 years later.