Update On U.S. Involvement in Iraq and Syria
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An Al-Qaeda breakaway group repelling government forces in Tikrit declared the creation of a new caliphate spanning large areas of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant announced it will now be known as The Islamic State. Meanwhile, Russia sent warplanes to support the Iraqi government’s fight against Sunni extremists. While Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki says Washington has been slow to provide air power, the U.S. began flying armed predator drones over Baghdad. It is an operation the Pentagon says offers added protection to American military advisers. Diane and her guests discuss the latest developments in Iraq and the potential for increased American involvement there.
Managing Editor for News at Foreign Policy and author of the upcoming book "The Invisible Front"
NPR correspondent reporting from Istanbul, Turkey.
Senior fellow with the New America Foundation and co-chair of the Stimson Center's Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy
Resident Scholar at American Enterprise Institute and author of "Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes"