The view from Baghdad: Pose your questions
June 18th, 2014
10:57 AM ET

The view from Baghdad: Pose your questions

The rapid gains by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) over the past week have caught many by surprise. Thousands of residents have fled fighting in key cities including Mosul and Baquba as reports have circulated of beheadings and mass executions by the advancing ISIS forces.

With ISIS and other anti-government forces edging closer to Baghdad amid heavy clashes with Iraqi security services, CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson has been reporting live from Baghdad. But even as attention focuses on ISIS and what role the United States and other nations in the region might play in halting the militants' advance, there is also uncertainty about Iraq’s broader future.

Nic and CNN producer Victoria Eastwood will be taking readers’ questions about what they are seeing on the ground, how Iraqis feel about this latest turn of events, what the future might hold – and the challenges of reporting from a country once again embroiled in crisis.

Please leave your questions in the comments section below.

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  1. sandstorm

    what the arabs should do or palestinians is behead those kidnapped teens they took from israel cut those kids down there children must suffer.

    June 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      Bitter huh? How does that solve any problems?

      June 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  2. Tim

    Can't they find another Saddam Hussein to keep a lid on things??

    June 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      If you did find one, the repubs would accuse him of having WMD's and bomb him.

      June 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  3. Henry andraos

    Please ask Mr. Bush and his falcons if the world is safer now..

    June 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      Which part of the world are you talking about?

      June 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  4. Lloyd Michael Abrahams CPA

    WHY WONT THEY LISTEN TO A NEW IDEA?
    A Bipartisan Acceptable Solution to combat ISILS in Iraq and Syria.
    The Key here is to unite the KURDS and Sunni tribal leaders (not associated with AL Quada) in the Northern part of IRAQ (including the City of MOSUL) into a Separate fighting force against the ISILS. WE could provide them with weapons, intelligence, training, medical and economic aid. We would back them to have greater autonomy for their areas in the Northern part of IRAQ. They could provide the local intelligence to possible supply us for use of drones and very selected air strikes (avoiding collateral damage from civilians). This should be able to avoid US boots on the ground and strike a divisive blow to this radical jehadist extremist movement. The key here is to break apart the continuous hold that ISILS has on IRAQ into at least two parts. This will drastically weaken their hold on IRAQ and possibly Syria.

    Thank you
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    June 18, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      The one flaw in your plan is you're acting like these are REASONABLE people we are dealing with. If there was common sense in the middle east, israel and the palestinians would have had peace centuries ago.

      June 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  5. chri§§y

    Must forgive to heal @ kenmargo! Im speaking from experience. I lost two family members on 9/11 and gained two orphan children. It isnt easy but if you dont forgive its hard to go on.

    June 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      My condolences to you and your family and wish your family the best. I'm a lifetime New Yorker so I understand your pain. Who are you asking that we forgive? When you look how violence rules the middle east, why would anyone want them over here?

      June 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  6. Pouchy

    Given that every interloper whom enters the Middle East conflicts leaves whipped, beaten and reamed ( the US should know, its had more reamings than most), why would you consider going there. Suggestion: let the Arabs destroy each other and if in the future Islam becomes a treat, then use missile diplomacy!

    June 18, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  7. mohamad

    The US is seemingly not willing to assist Iraq against the ISIS and normalize the situation. And I think It will not interfer as to fulfil the said goal. Do you agrre with me, and why?

    June 19, 2014 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • kenmargo

      Too early to tell. The U.S. will examine it's options, priorities, needs and act appropriately.

      June 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  8. Joseph McCarthy

    This is just more proof out just how much insanity our aggressive policies in the Middle East and Central Asia have produced. The only involvement the U.S. needs to do should and must be limited to diplomacy. Killing more people will solve nothing at all!

    June 19, 2014 at 8:37 am | Reply
  9. j. von hettlingen

    Shouldn't Iraq break up? Would it be messy, more than the one of the former Yugoslavia?
    The Sunnis would be the losers, they don't control areas with oil resources!

    June 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Ah new york! Im headed there again next week to bring my daughter home! Its a beautiful state. My family members lost were military and they died in the pentagon. As for forgiveness...you need to decide for yourself. Its whoever YOU blame the most!

    June 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      I blame Osama Bin Laden and Al-queda.

      June 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y

    And i live a few blocks from Dearborn which is the largest Arabic community in the US and i have a few friends and neighbors from Iraq. There is no way you can blame the whole race for the actions of a few!

    June 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      Do I blame ALL arabs/muslims. NO. I just wish the arab world (in the middle east) would have a better handle on the violence in the area. The violence in the middle east has nothing to do with the US yet we seem to get the blame for it.

      June 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Right, chrissy. The blame needs to where it belongs, namely the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!

      June 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  12. chri§§y

    I wasnt saying you @ kenmargo. Just some of the bloggers here. For a long time i blamed Bush but then i realised he was too dumb! It was really Cheney making the decisions!

    June 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • kenmargo

      When you come back home to NY, I hope you and your family have a wonderful time. People blame bush, people blame obama. When will we hold the Iraqis responsible? They have a duty here to lead also.

      June 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        And so do both the French and the British, kenmargo. Few people here know that Iraq was created right after WW1 upon the dissolution of the Turkish Empire by these two countries as they drew up the border lines in the Middle East. Iraq needs to go the same way that Czechoslavakia and Yugoslavia did in the 1990's.

        June 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm |
      • kenmargo

        This is a big pile the french and british don't want to step in. It's in their rear view mirror and they want to keep it that way.

        June 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Lol my home is in michigan. Im going to NY to pick up my daughter and bring her back home. Shes been living in Middletown NY. But thank you. And yea i kinda think the present situation in Iraq should be dealt with by the people there with SOME back up from ALL other countries.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
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