Middle East Analysis

Iraq Crisis: Intense fighting and minorities caught in the crossfire

27/06/2014 3:20 pm

A candle burning for peace in the Holy Land

Today's Middle East Analysis leads on the eruption of violence in Iraq. 

Dr Harry Hagopian, our consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, takes a close look at the intense fighting in the country between the Shia-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the militant group ISIL (or ISIS) - Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

With fears abound of a bloodbath in the capital Baghdad, Dr Hagopian puts the rapid deterioration in context and focuses on the numerous minorities caught up in the crossfire - Christians included. 

In the latter part of the programme, we move to a regional round up covering the tragic murder of human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis, the clampdown in Egypt that has seen the detention and sentencing of numerous people accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood - including three al-Jazeera journalists, and the depressingly repetitive stand-off between Israel and Palestine.

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Total duration: 23m 40s


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MEA 2014 - 7

In today's 'Middle East Analysis' our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the crisis in Iraq. Regional round-up with a focus on Libya, Egypt, Israel/Palestine.   MEA-2014-7b.mp3 11.05 MB