The military success of ISIS has emboldened the radical military group to declare "Caliphate" - an Islamic state spanning large areas from Syria to Eastern Iraq and calling on other muslim groups to pledge their allegiance. The group also posted several propaganda videos online showing evidence of their advances against the Iraqi military. CNN's John Berman speaks with Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon and Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent Ali Soufan about the latest on ground and how significant is ISIS' claim to leadership of the global Islamist movement.
As the conflict in Iraq continues, both Syria and Iran are reportedly increasing their involvement in the fighting across the border. Syria is allegedly bombing border towns. Iran is flying drones over Iraq and providing guns to the Iraqi government. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, counter-insurgency expert, David Kilcullen, who was advised General David Petraeus in Iraq and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - says it's "highly unlikely that Iraqi military can recapture a lot of the ground lost" to ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Watch the video for more, as Kilcullen explains why he believes the Iraqi military and government will not be able to roll back ISIS' advances.
On Tuesday evening, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford joined Anderson Cooper to offer his insights on the ongoing unrest in Iraq.
Calling the situation a national security threat to the United States, Ford noted that it's "not a problem that is going to be solved in one day or one week or one month."
However, despite the logisitical and fundamental challenges, Ford tells Cooper the threat from ISIS simply can't be ignored, as "the problem is actually growing bigger."
Watch the video for more, as Ford explains why military intervention is not the best solution.
As ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continues their offensive against Iraq's Shiite-led government, militants are looking for new recruits online. Radical Sunni militants recently published a recruiting video, featuring a number of young Jihadists, claiming to be from Britain and Australia - who are joining the battle. It was part of a major social media campaign of tweets and facebook postings. Anderson speaks with Majid Nawaz, who now fights such efforts. He's a former jihadi himself and author of, "Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism"
More than 1 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes by conflict this year, according to the U.N. refugee agency. It's a number likely only to rise as Islamist militants and Iraqi security forces battle for control. CNN's John Berman discusses the escalating crisis in Iraq with Ann Marie Slaughter, former director of Policy Planning at the State Department. She currently runs the New America Foundation. And, Philip Mudd, who's held counter-terrorism leadership positions at the FBI and CIA.
As the threat of Sunnis extremists invading Shiite territory and getting closer to Baghdad grows, men from across the capital are pouring into military recruitment stations to join the fight. Anderson speaks to a few young recruits about why they decided to sign up to fight against ISIS.
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As the Obama administration focuses on trying to find a political solution in Iraq, many are saying that the country's leader Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is not the answer and should step down. Anderson discusses with CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Bobby Gosh, managing editor of the digital news site Quartz.
Anti-terror adviser in the Bush administration, Richard Clarke raised a red flag about the threat from al Qaeda before September 11th and has blasted the president for ignoring warnings. Anderson speaks to Clarke about the current situation in Iraq and America's interest in the war-torn country and what can be done to stop the crisis from escalating.
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Sunni extremist fighters have taken control of a facility Saddam Hussein once used to produce and store chemical weapons. CNN's Nic Robertson reported on the plant in 2002 and he joins Anderson to discuss the latest development in the crisis in Iraq.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the embattled government hold off advances from the north by extremist militants. Anderson speaks with Retired Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, who commanded U.S. forces in Northern Iraq from 2007 through 2009 about what can we expect from the non-combat advisors.
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