President Barack Obama says a "new chapter in American diplomacy" has been turned after the Arab Spring uprisings. "It will be the policy of the US to promote reform, and to support transitions to democracy," he said. Jeb Sharp reports.
Reuters correspondent Samia Nakhoul recently returned to Baghdad after a decade away. She was in Iraq in April of 2003 reporting from the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad when she was hit by a tank shell as US troops advanced into the city.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi barely communicate with each other. The former is seeking the arrest of the latter, accusing him of running a death squad. Now, the Iraqi Kurdish population is in a position to determine the course the country's government takes.
More than 60 journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in 2011. Among the most recent is Iraqi journalist Yasser Faisal al-Julaimi, who was killed last month by Islamic extremists. Baghdad-based reporter Jane Arraf knew Yasser well and recalls his keen sense of beauty.
President Obama says his national security team is working around the clock to find the best US options in Iraq. Other than sending American troops back to Iraq, the president says he is ruling out no options and planning possible military action soon. But there is political mess in Iraq that experts say Washington needs to pay to attention to as well.
Abu bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the militant group ISIS — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‚— has called on Muslims to immigrate to Iraq and Syria to help build an Islamic state. ISIS hopes to create an Islamic state in the Middle East.
When the US responded to terrorism after 9/11, it used troops and massive force in the Middle East. The new war declared last night by President Obama against the terrorist organization know as the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, will look very different.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Crispin Thorold in Baghdad, about the on-going battle against Shiite militias in Iraq; Iraqi government forces have led the assault, but U.S. forces have now supported the Iraqis with air strikes.