The U.S. Military And The Battle Against Islamic State Fighters In Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters monitor the area from their front line position in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul on August 16, 2014. Kurdish troops backed by US warplanes launched a bid to recapture Mosul dam, Iraq's largest, from Islamic State jihadists, a senior Kurdish military official said.   - AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters monitor the area from their front line position in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul on August 16, 2014. Kurdish troops backed by US warplanes launched a bid to recapture Mosul dam, Iraq's largest, from Islamic State jihadists, a senior Kurdish military official said.

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Military And The Battle Against Islamic State Fighters In Iraq

With the help of US bombers, Kurdish troops are gaining ground in the battle against Islamist militants in northern Iraq. Please join us to discuss the expanded U.S. military role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq.

Yesterday Iraqi and Kurdish forces, with help from U.S. jets, drones and bombers, recaptured a strategically important dam in northern Iraq from ISIS militants. President Barack Obama praised the effort and said the two-day ground offensive demonstrates the cooperation possible between Kurdish and Iraqi forces. The territorial ambitions of ISIS are far reaching and represent, many believe, a dire threat to security in the region and the U.S. Please join us to discuss the fight against ISIS, the future of Iraq, and role of the U.S.

Guests

Shadi Hamid

fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, the Brookings Institution
author of "Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East", Oxford University Press

Ambassador Lukman Faily

Iraq's ambassador to the US

Yochi Dreazen

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

Stephen Biddle

professor of political science and international affairs,
The George Washington University,
adjunct senior fellow for defense policy,
Council on Foreign Relations and
author, "Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle"

Ali Khedery

chair and chief executive, Dragoman Partners
served as special assistant to five American ambassadors in Iraq and as senior adviser the three heads of the Central command for 2003-10

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