The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Iraq Crisis Continues as Militants Move Closer to Baghdad

    On Wednesday, the Iraqi city of Tikrit fell to militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – an al-Qaeda offshoot – days after the conquest of Mosul forced up to 500,000 residents to flee. Government forces have stalled the militants at Samarra, just 68 miles north of Baghdad, which is believed to be their ultimate target. Militants could also attack Baghdad from the west, where they control the city of Fallujah. Iraq’s prime minister reportedly asked the U.S. to carry out airstrikes against extremists last month but was rebuffed by the White House, which is wary of renewed involvement in Iraq.

    Sources: NYT, BBC, Al Jazeera

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