Al-Qaida's New Rise In The Middle East

Al-Qaida's New Rise In The Middle East

Experts join Kojo to understand the rise of militancy in Iraq and its traces in neighboring countries like Syria.

Iraqi armed forces are battling militants to reclaim control of the city of Fallujah in Iraq's Anbar province. For the first time since U.S. forces defeated insurgents in 2006-2007, the region bordering war-torn Syria has become a hub for an al Qaida affiliate called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Experts join Kojo to understand the rise of militancy in Iraq and its traces in neighboring countries like Syria.

Guests

Paul Salem

Vice president, Middle East Institute

Maria Fantappie

Iraq analyst, International Crisis Group

Mark Kimmitt

retired brigadier general, US Army; former military spokesman for coalition forces, Operation Iraqi Freedom

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