Kerry, Military Advisors and the US's Role in Stopping ISIS in Iraq

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This weekend the militant Islamic group ISIS captured two major border crossings and 4 cities in the north and west of Iraq. Last week as the insurgency intensified, President Obama offered military advisors to help the struggling Iraqi military, but no boots on the ground. Today Secretary of State John Kerry assured Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the US support in Iraq will be “intense and sustained.” After a two-hour meeting with the Prime Minister, Secretary Kerry spoke to the press in Baghdad, repeating calls for the Iraqi leadership to immediately form a more inclusive government. The President may yet order air strikes to help beat back ISIS, which has taken over a large amount of Iraqi territory in a very short time.

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Guests:
Martin Chulov - The Guardian - @martinchulov, Lawrence Korb - Center for American Progress Action Fund - @LarryKorb, Gordon Adams - American University / Foreign Policy magazine - @Gadams1941, Isam Al Khafaji - Iraqi scholar and professor - @IsamalKhafaji

Host:
Barbara Bogaev