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As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria moves closer to Baghdad, sectarian violence has broken out in that city. Can Prime Minister al-Maliki keep Iraq together? Is it destined to become a divided country? Also, a Benghazi suspect captured in secret raid, and another US President takes steps to save the Pacific Ocean.

Banner image: Personnel from the Kurdish security forces detain a man suspected of being a militant belonging to the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the outskirts of Kirkuk June 16, 2014. Photo:  Ako Rasheed/Reuters

Katie Cooper
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg

Benghazi Suspect Captured in Secret Raid 7 MIN, 50 SEC

In an action that's been a long time coming, the Pentagon announced today a suspected ringleader of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya a year and a half ago has been captured. Zeke Miller covers politics and the White House for Time magazine.

Zeke Miller, Time magazine (@ZekeJMiller)

President Obama on apprehension of Khatallah

Will Iraq Become a Divided Country? 34 MIN, 46 SEC

In Baghdad today, 44 Sunni prisoners in a government-controlled police station were killed — apparently in retaliation for advances by Sunni extremists with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. As forces of ISIS get closer to Baghdad, it appears that Iraq's current leadership might not hold the country together. The unlikely alliance of Iran and the US is urging political unity instead of sectarian warfare, but they're being ignored by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Others insist that Iraq never was a real country, and that division between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds is inevitable. Will the current chaos lead to a re-drawing of national boundaries imposed by European colonial powers 100 years ago? 

Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Peter Galbraith, gubernatorial candidate and former diplomat (@GalbraithforVT)
Wayne White, Middle East Policy Council (@middleeastinst)
Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute (@mrubin1971)

The End of Iraq

Peter W. Galbraith

Obama Seeks to Create World's Largest Marine Sanctuary 8 MIN, 31 SEC

Before leaving the White House, George W. Bush created the world's largest marine sanctuary. The Remote Pacific Islands National Marine Monument is 82,000 square miles of ocean off-limits to fishing, energy development or other sources of pollution. Now Barack Obama wants to vastly expand it to 782,000 square miles. Juliet Eilperin is White House reporter for the Washington Post

Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)

Demon Fish

Juliet Eilperin


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