US planes have started bombing ISIS militia positions near Baghdad in the first phase of the expanded campaign announced by President Obama last week. The strikes are to support Iraqi troops fighting the Islamist group and they seem to be working.
Baghdad is an increasingly frightening place to raise a family, so many middle class parents have sent their children out of the country. As journalist Sahar Issa explains, the loneliness of the parents left behind is especially painful at Ramadan.
Shifting alliances in Baghdad have residents there nervously looking over their shoulders. From the Iraqi capital, journalist Sahar Issa says streets have become militarized and parades of Shite militias are stirring up fear in Sunni neighborhoods.
Iraqis voted Wednesday in parliamentary elections. Voters held up fingers dipped in purple ink to show they had voted, as they did in previous elections in Iraq. The purple finger remains a symbol of hope.
In Iraq, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia ethnic groups is once again spiking. Journalist Sahar Issa lives in Baghdad. She tells anchor Marco Werman that the hours after prayers on Friday are an especially fearful time in the capital.
Reporter Sahar Issa of the McClatchy News Service in Baghdad tells host Lisa Mullins that the violence is unlikely to cancel the Arab League Summit. The BBC's Rami Ruhayem is in Erbil, northern Iraq; the only area to escape the recent violence.
Suicide attacks in the central Iraqi city of Baquba have killed more than 30 people and injured dozens more. The attacks come just days before parliamentary elections. Marco Werman talks with Sahar Issa, with McClatchey Newspapers in Baghdad.
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