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The State Of Iraq

Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
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Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
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Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq

Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq. 

The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has madeMosulits de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city.

But the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.A panel discussion about the state of Iraq

The U.S. has been unsuccessful in its push for the Shiite majority to be more inclusive toward Sunnis and Kurds, and some say a one-state solution cannot work.

Host Frank Stasio talks with BBC correspondent Jiyar Gol about the latest from Baghdad. He also talks with North Carolina veterans Matt Victoriano and Lewis Hendricks. Victoriano has launched an effort to help extract his interpreter, Mikey, from Iraq to the U.S.

They also talk with Bruce Jentleson, political science and public policy professor at Duke University.

Copyright 2014 North Carolina Public Radio

Will Michaels started his professional radio career at WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.