President-elect Trump chooses a retired Marine general to head the Pentagon. Syrian rebels agree to form a new alliance as the regime bombards Aleppo. And thousands of Cubans turn out to watch Fidel Castro's funeral procession. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Iraqi army forces had their first major clash with Shi’ite militias in the southern city of Diwaniyah earlier this week. The fighting was seen as a sign of the increasing strength of anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia. A panel talks about what’s behind the latest spasm of violence.
- Ellen Knickmeyer Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post
- Laith Kubba director of the Middle East program at the National Endowment for Democracy and former spokesman for the Iraqi interim government of Ibrahim al Jafari
- Juan Cole professor of modern Middle East history at the University of Michigan; his blog is "Informed Comment"
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