The Latest On The Violence In Iraq

Iraqi Shiite tribesmen brandish their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 17 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Naja - HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi Shiite tribesmen brandish their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 17 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Naja

HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

The Latest On The Violence In Iraq

President Barack Obama sends nearly 300 troops to boost security at the American embassy in Baghdad, as Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents continue to expand areas of control. We discuss the crisis in Iraq and the possibility of US-Iranian cooperation.

Iraq’s biggest oil refinery is partially on fire after an attack from the Islamic extremist from the group, ISIS. The militants have already taken over large areas in Iraq including several major cities. President Obama meets today with Congressional leaders on the US response. Yesterday the White House announced the capture of a suspected leader of the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The administration’s explanations of those attacks prompted sharp criticism from Congressional Republicans. Please join us to discuss the latest from Iraq, the role of the US and security in the region.

Guests

Trita Parsi

president of National Iranian American Council and author of "A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran."

Yochi Dreazen

managing editor for News at Foreign Policy; author of the upcoming book "The Invisible Front."

Robin Wright

analyst and joint fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center
author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."

Michael Eisenstadt

senior fellow and director, military and security studies program, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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