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    Iraq

    Iraq is a country in crisis. Kurdistan is threatening to break away, while the Sunni fundamentalist group ISIS has overrun much of the north of the county, and is within reach of Baghdad. As ISIS prepares an assault on the city Iraqi Prime Minister, Al Maliki is turning to Iran and Russia for the planes, weapons and advice he needs to ward off the fundamentalists, and shore up his own political position. RTE reporter, Fergal Keane spoke to Sean from an apprehensive Baghdad.

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    Iraqi Conflict

    Iraqi Conflict

    The Islamist militant group ISIS has said it is establishing a “caliphate”, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.  Setting up a separate state ruled by strict Islamic law has been a main goal of the group for some time. Sean spoke to Shashank Joshi, Research Fellow at the Royal Services Institute in London.

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    Iraq

    Iraq

    According to the latest reports Iraqi government forces have halted the advance of ISIS militants north of Baghdad but the Islamic militants remain in control of wide swathes of  northern Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes ahead of the ISIS advance, many of them taking refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, a region in the North of the country so far largely unaffected by the fighting. Overwhelmed by the flood of refugees, the Kurdish authorities are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Fabio Forgione is the Head of Mission for MSF in Iraq.

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    Iraq

    Iraq

    To the worsening military situation in Iraq. The northern city of Tal Afar has fallen to the militants of ISIS, and this morning the BBC is reporting fighting for the city of Baquba just north of Baghdad. As you heard in the bulletin President Obama has announced the deployment of 275 American troops to Iraq. Meanwhile Iraq’s neighbour and ally Iran is sending crack troops to organise the counterattack against ISIS Shashank Joshi is a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

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    Iraq/Iran

    Iraq/Iran

    The Sunni fundamentalist group Isis has occupied a considerable amount of territory in northern Iraq, and has reportedly carried out a massacre of Iraqi government troops. The offensive has seriously alarmed the Shia-dominated central government in Baghdad.  It has also raised the prospect of an unlikely cooperation between Iran and the United States, the Iraqi government’s main allies. Both are concerned to preserve the territorial integrity of a strategic but fragile state. How does Iran view the upsurge in violence in neighbouring Iraq? And the prospect of  an informal alliance with the United States? To get answers to those questions ...

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    Iraq

    Iraq

    Radical Islamists are leaving a trail of death and destruction in Iraq having over-run several major cities. Iraqi soldiers fled leaving uniforms and weapons behind as the al-Quaeda linked organization known as ISIL pressed home their attacks and moved toward Baghdad. The United Nations Security Council said the humanitarian situation around Mosul, from where up to 500,000 people have fled, was "dire and... worsening by the moment".  Joining Sean was Patrick Bury, Security Analyst and former British Army officer who served in Afghanistan.

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    Iraq

    Iraq

    In Iraq Islamic militants have seized a large parts of the country and arereported to be 70 miles from Baghdad. Government forces have stalled the militants' advance near Samarra, a city just north of Baghdad. It’s a major shock to the government of Nouri al Malachi .... the Iraqi army effectively capitulated to the insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS.) Joining Sean was Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics and Patrick Cockburn of the London Independent.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0612/623297-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-12-june-2014/?clipid=1598786

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