U.S. Strategy In The Battle Against ISIS

A Shiite fighter loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr holds a position as they back the Iraqi army in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants after re-taking control of an area in the Jurf al-Sakher district about 65 kilometres south of Baghdad. Since last week, the United States has conducted strikes on IS positions.   -  ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images

A Shiite fighter loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr holds a position as they back the Iraqi army in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants after re-taking control of an area in the Jurf al-Sakher district about 65 kilometres south of Baghdad. Since last week, the United States has conducted strikes on IS positions.

ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Strategy In The Battle Against ISIS

The killing of U.S. journalist James Foley is fueling calls for wider air strikes against ISIS. We discuss what expanded U.S. military action could mean for containing the militant group, the fate of other hostages and regional alliances.

An American journalist held for nearly two years by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria was freed yesterday. This comes less than a week after another American journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS. That's the militant group now calling itself the Islamic State, which has gained ground in Iraq in recent weeks. The group is said to be holding three other Americans captive. To thwart ISIS, the U.S. has conducted limited airstrikes in Iraq, and it has been pressing the Iraqi government to do more. But the Obama administration is under growing pressure to strike ISIS on Syrian soil. A discussion of U.S. strategy to combat ISIS.

Guests

Ambassador James Jeffrey

the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute; former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Turkey.

Michael Leiter

senior counselor, Palantir Technologies; former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under President George W. Bush and President Obama; national security and counterterrorism analyst for NBC News.

Nora Bensahel

senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Eric Schmitt

terrorism correspondent, The New York Times.

Rear Adm. John Kirby

press secretary for the Pentagon.

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