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ISIS on the TV Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

As ISIS storms through Iraq, its allies and enemies wage an information war on television. Elliott Colla, professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown and author of the crime novel, Baghdad Central, has been watching the events unfold onscreen alongside his wife's Iraqi family, who recently resettled from Baghdad to Amman. Colla reads part of his essay, “Watching ISIS on TV,” published in the online magazine Jadaliyya, and talks with Brooke about the origins of Iraq's frenzied media landscape.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Steve Coll and Dexter Filkins on new developments in Iraq.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Steve Coll and Dexter Filkins on new developments in Iraq.

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WNYC News

NYC Iraqis: Some Shrug at Crisis, Others Want to Fight

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some are desensitized to the escalating conflict; others are calling their imams wondering if they should go to war.

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WNYC News

Obama: U.S. Sending Military Advisers to Iraq

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

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The Takeaway

For Many, Iraq's Chaos Hits Too Close To Home

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As Iraq seemingly unravels, how do veterans feel about the situation? Listeners who served in Iraq, along with veterans and visitors to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, weigh in on America's obligation as Iraq again spirals into chaos.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iraq: Obama Weighs His Options

Thursday, June 19, 2014

President Obama met with Congressional leaders yesterday to outline the scope of violence in Iraq, and what the US should do in response. Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and David Sanger, New York Times national security correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal (Broadway, 2013), talk about the range of options, from more personnel on the ground to air strikes and diplomatic pressures.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Isis pushes Iraq to the brink

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Isis pushes Iraq to the brink

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Should the U.S. Look to Iran for Help with Iraq?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My enemy's enemy is my friend? It's a line that's pervaded discussions about the possibility of the U.S. and Iran teaming up to address a rapidly destabilizing Iraq. Hillary Mann Leverett, co-author of "Going To Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran," weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Confronting the Ghosts of a War Not Past

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

America's fingerprints are everywhere, and the U.S. is again facing questions about its responsibility to a country it invaded in 2003. But does the blame game help? What role, if any, should America take now?

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An Iraq War Dissident on the Current Crisis

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The situation in Iraq looks painfully familiar: a fragile democracy exploded by longtime ethnic rivalries. In the lead-up to the Iraq War, back in November 2002, journalist James Fallows explained his opposition to a preemptive strike on Iraq.

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The Takeaway

With Fighting on the Horizon, Will Baghdad Fall?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

For Baghdad, fighting is clearly visible on the horizon. Shiite militia groups are engaging Sunni forces in towns and cities on the road to Baghdad with casualties reported on both sides. Will Baghdad fall? And if so, how quickly?

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Christiane Amanpour: 'The End of Iraq'

Monday, June 16, 2014

The world is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq and across the Middle East, according to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent for CNN, and Kenneth Pollack, a former former CIA intelligence analyst.

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The Takeaway

Iraq: A Nightmare Coming True?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Feisal Istrabadi, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University and former Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, says that when he looks at Iraq, he sees all of his worst nightmares coming true.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The US Response in Iraq

Friday, June 13, 2014

Islamist militants continue to make gains in Iraq, and President Obama says his national security team is leaving all options on the table when it comes to planning a US response. Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, talks about the possibilities that lie ahead.

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The Takeaway

America's Legacy in Iraq Is Unravelling

Friday, June 13, 2014

As an Al Qaeda splinter group rapidly advances and continues to topple city after city in Iraq, many are wondering where the region is heading and what kind of action, if any, the United States needs take.

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WNYC News

One Soldier's Reflections

Friday, June 13, 2014

WNYC

A Brooklyn-based soldier-turned-writer reflects on the current state of Iraq.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iraq Falls Apart

Thursday, June 12, 2014

As Islamic militants take over parts of northern Iraq, the Iraqi government is asking the US for air strikes to help stem the chaos and keep the country from falling into civil war.

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The Takeaway

Is Iraq Still America's Problem?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Just hours after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul—Iraq's second largest city—members of the Al Qaeda offshoot advanced to Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein.

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Today's Takeaways: The Trials of War, The Sounds of Brazil, and a Test of Conservatism

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1. Is Iraq Still America's Problem? | 2. Sebastian Junger on Sgt. Bergdahl, His Latest Film, and the Trials of War | 3. A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup | 4. The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

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Al Qaeda Offshoot Captures Iraqi City

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Iraqi military was seen abandoning their weapons and fleeing the city of 1 million while the militants took control of government buildings and military bases, and freed hundreds of prisoners.

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