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Studio interview: US, Iraqi warplanes aid Kurdish forces fighting IS militants


08-18-2014 13:45 BJT

Kurdish forces have retaken parts of the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, breaking the hold of the extremist militant group the Islamic State. According to a Kurdish commander, his forces are now in control of the eastern parts.

For some insight, we're joined by Li Guofu, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, at the China Institute of International Studies.

Q1. It’s been over a week since US President Barack Obama authorized the targeted airstrikes. What do you think of the air campaign? Have the strikes achieved the desired result?

Q2. Earlier there were worries that Nouri al-Maliki’s fight to hold on to power could drag Iraq into political turmoil. So his decision to step down has been welcomed by many Iraqis. Do you think his successor Haider al-Abadi can ease tensions, facing the Islamic State threat?


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