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How Other Terrorist Organizations Could Benefit From ISIS' Loss Of Raqqa

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ali Soufan, former FBI terrorism investigator, and author of the book Anatomy of Terror. They discuss reports that Al-Qaida is actively recruiting ISIS fighters.

In Syria, What Role Should The U.S. Play In Raqqa?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

U.S. airstrikes helped U.S.-backed forces oust ISIS from the Syrian city. Steve Inskeep talks to James Jeffrey, former ambassador to Iraq and Turkey, who says the U.S. will have to stay engaged there.

Liberation Of Raqqa Will Be A Powerful Blow To ISIS

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Joby Warrick of The Washington Post and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS" about the status of ISIS after the loss of their de facto capitol, Raqqa.

No Clear End Game For U.S. Military In Iraq And Syria

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

The U.S. is training and equipping both sides in the Iraq-Kurdistan stand-off along with Syrian opposition forces in the battle against ISIS and the Assad regime. It has created a tangled web with no clear end game.

U.S.-Backed Forces On The Verge Of Pushing ISIS Out Of Raqqa

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

U.S.-backed forces are close to finishing the battle to push ISIS from its de facto capital, Raqqa. Doing so will leave little territory remaining for the so-called Islamic State that once ruled a large swatch of Iraq and Syria. It also leave the city in ruins and with an uncertain future.

ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:42:00 -0400

As of Tuesday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces control "more than 90 percent" of Raqqa, says U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon.

After 4-month Battle, U.S.-Backed Forces Appear To Gain Control Of Raqqa

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

The city in northeastern Syria has been the self-declared capital of the Islamic State. U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are reported to be on the verge of taking the city back from ISIS.

News Brief: President Trump Says GOP Is Unified, NFL Protests

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Trump says the Republican Party is more unified than ever. The NFL meets with players to discuss weeks of protests. And the Islamic State is on the verge of losing control of the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Confrontation Over Kirkuk In Iraq Reignited After Kurdish Independence Vote

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:00 -0400

Iraqi troops have wrested control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who have held it for the last three years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York Times reporter David Zucchino about the situation on the ground in Iraq.

Trump Looks To Congress To Fix 'Flaws' In Iran Nuclear Deal

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Rachel Martin talks to Michael Anton, spokesman for President Trump's National Security Council, about the Iran nuclear deal. NPR's Scott Detrow weighs in on what Anton had to say.

Trump Won't Certify Iran Nuclear Deal, Gets Praise And Criticism

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:57:52 -0400

President Trump's refusal to decertify — but leave in place — the Iran nuclear deal gives Iran and other world players a wide range of possible options and reactions.

In Jerusalem, Municipal Issues Have Political Overtones

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:57:52 -0400

Israel says they're just zoning laws, but Palestinians say the rules for building in Jerusalem lead to home demolitions intended to weaken their presence in a city claimed by both sides.

International Affairs Expert Says Not Recertifying Iran Deal Is A Mistake

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, about what happens now that President Trump says he won't recertify the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump Says He Won't Recertify Iran Nuclear Deal And Tells Congress To Take Next Steps

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

President Trump announced he is not recertifying the Iran nuclear deal, but he's not actually pulling out of it. Instead, he's sending it to Congress and asking them to decide on the next steps.

Trump's Refusal To Recertify Sets Off Reconsideration Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0400

President Trump's decision not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal opens the door for Congress to reevaluate the agreement. Foreign affairs analyst Jonathan Wachtel says the time is right to do so.