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Iraq
6:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Will U.S. Military Advisers Be Enough To Secure Iraq?

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

President Obama says he'll send military advisers to Iraq, but not combat forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks to retired Army Col. Derek Harvey about whether that's enough to help regain stability.

Middle East
6:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Palestinians Continue Hunger Strike Against Israeli Detention Policy

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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Iraq
6:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Sunni Militants Seize Border Post On Iraq-Syria Frontier

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Sunni fighters have seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier this morning making it the first official border gate in Iraq controlled by militants. If these fighters are indeed part of ISIS, this brings them one step closer to creating an Islamic caliphate that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

NPR's Alice Fordham is in the capital, Baghdad, which has been home to both Sunnis and Shiites. Alice, thanks for being with us.

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Iraq
6:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Iraq Turmoil Reignites A Decade-Old Debate

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with political correspondent Tamara Keith about the reaction to President Obama's decision to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq.

Parallels
4:19 am
Sat June 21, 2014

In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas

Israeli soldiers patrol in the West Bank village of Beit Furik, near Nablus, on Friday. They are searching for three missing Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped. Israel has detained more than 300 Palestinians in the search over the past week; the military says a majority of them are connected to Hamas.
Jaafar Ashtiyeh AFP/Getty Images

In the week since Israel's search to find three teenagers began, operation "Bring Back Our Brothers" has expanded to include a crackdown on Hamas and other suspected militants.

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Iraq
4:44 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

After Mosul's Fall, Iraqis Adjust To New Normal Under ISIS

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Not all Sunnis are on board with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, even if they oppose the Iraqi government. One ranking Sunni cleric in northern Iraq calls ISIS "scum" and hints at limits to the group's influence.

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World
3:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Syrian War Sparks A Spike In Worldwide Level Of Displaced People

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

On World Refugee Day, the United Nations' refugee agency is reporting that the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes grew to more than 50 million — a level unseen since World War II. Over half of those who have been displaced are children. For more on the rise, Robert Siegel speaks with Antonio Guterres, the UN high commissioner for refugees.

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Iraq
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

The Mystery Tweeter Inside ISIS

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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World
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. According to the report, Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela have not been doing enough to combat modern slavery. And the report includes a warning to American importers of seafood: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand, where fish may be caught or processed using slave labor.

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Brimming With Extras, Palestinian Government Feels Unity Pains

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

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What do you do with an extra 40,000 employees? That's a problem, right now, for the Palestinian Authority. A deal ending the long split between two Palestinian factions means that they are now forming a government together - Fatah and Hamas under the same roof. The thing is, each faction has its own workers who are supposed to perform the same jobs. NPR's Emily Harris went to Gaza and met two men, local cops whose jobs are now at stake.

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