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Extremist militants are continuing their dramatic takeover of territory in Iraq. Over the weekend, ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — took control of Tal Afar, a small city west of Mosul.
ISIS also claims to have killed 1,700 Iraqi Shiite soldiers in Tikrit. Though those reports have not been independently verified, they raise fears of increasing sectarian violence in the country.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have both indicated their countries are open to the possibility of working together to help stabilize Iraq.
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Jim Walsh, an expert in international security at MIT’s Security Studies Program, about the developments in Iraq. Walsh also discusses the latest Ukraine.