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Iraq / Crisis #1123514

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The grave situation in Iraq introduced; map shown; casualty figures cited.

(Erbil, Iraq: Richard Engel) The crisis in Iraq with ISIS militants seizing territory once taken by the US featured; scenes shown of Iraqi soldiers surrendering, people evacuating, Kurdish troops seizing Kirkuk; details given about the goal to impose Sharia law in Iraq & Syria; photo shown of leader Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi††; map illustrating how Iraq is splitting into 3 factions: Islamic militants in the west, the Shiite government in the south, and the Kurds in the north. The reporter’s view on this crisis discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The options for a US response featured; details given of concerns about the homeland. [President OBAMA - says we have a stake in making sure these jihadists are not making a permanent foothold in Iraq or Syria.] [Secretary of State John KERRY – says the president is prepared to make key decisions.] [11 years ago, President George BUSH – says major combat operations have ended.] [Senators John McCAIN, Tim KAINE†, Lindsey GRAHAM†– comment.] [Speaker of the House John BOEHNER – criticizes Obama.] [NBC counterterrorism analyst Michael LEITER†- notes ISIS is one of the greatest terror threats in the world.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The limited military options for the US examined; details given about Iraq’s request for manned bombers and armed drones to launch air strikes.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Live discussion held with retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey† about this crisis. [McCAFFREY – says we’re watching a giant Iraqi security force come apart; outlines US options; notes the Iraqi soldiers don’t trust their incompetent, corrupt generals; calls it an enduring civil war between the Shia, Sunnis and Kurds.]

Williams, Brian;
Engel, Richard;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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