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VIDEO: Iraq on the Brink
By Frontline Club, June 25, 2014
Iraq is on the brink following the takeover of Mosul and other cities by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Leaders from across the region and internationally are now faced with the challenge of how to halt the advancement of ISIS and steer the region away from sectarian conflict.
With a panel of experts we will take a view of events on the ground and the measures being taken by Iraq, its neighbours and the international community. Asking how ISIS has been able advance so quickly and what can be done to prevent further escalation of sectarian polarisation. We will also be looking at the new alliances that might be formed in this new front on the fight against extremism.
Chaired by Ian Black, The Guardian’s Middle East editor.
Hayder al-Khoei, associate fellow at the Middle East and North Africa programme, Chatham House.
Zuhair al-Naher, a spokesman for Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa party.
Dominic Asquith, has 30 years of Middle East experience earned in the British Diplomatic Service. He was deputy special representative and then deputy head of mission in Iraq in 2004, director of the Iraq Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2004–06 and Ambassador to Iraq 2006–7.
Zaid Al-Ali (via Skype), is a senior adviser on constitutional building for International IDEA and author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy. He was a legal adviser to the United Nations in Iraq from 2005 to 2010.
Samuel, I don’t disagree with you about the geernal nature of al Qaeda attacks or Islamist extremism, but I do believe individual attacks may have particular targets, such as individuals of certain nationalities. I didn’t think that was the case with this one since it occurred in a tourist area and I’m still not sure but I started to wonder when there was a second attack on the people from the same country who had come to investigate the first attack. This could be retribution for sending boats to the Gulf of Aden, for allowing missionaries into the country, for being allied with the United States, for having sent troops to Iraq, or… it could just be happenstance that it was Koreans they had killed in the first bomb and whom they targeted in the second.