Infighting, airstrikes and Obama: The politics of Iraq [VIDEO]

As sectarian violence in Iraq escalates dramatically, what is at stake for the U.S.? The Post's diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan, senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung, chief White House correspondent Scott Wilson, and The Fix's Chris Cillizza weigh in on ramifications in the Beltway and beyond. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)

Sectarian violence in Iraq is escalating dramatically — and with it, so is political pressure here in Washington.

As Sunni extremist forces continue to push south, nearing Baghdad, it leaves President Obama in a sticky spot: tugged back into a war he thought he’d ended in 2011. He held fast to his line in a speech Friday, repeating that he’s not sending additional American ground forces to Iraq. The administration does have options for direct military intervention on standby — including possible airstrikes, which former military officials caution could risk hurling the U.S. back into the center of an ongoing Iraqi civil war.

What’s at stake in the Beltway,  and beyond? PostTV took to the newsroom to ask some of our resident experts: diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan, senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung, chief White House correspondent Scott Wilson and The Fix's Chris Cillizza.

Check it out here.

Julie Percha is a video producer/editor on the PostTV politics team
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