Next Day’s News: U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, renewed violence in MidEast and more

August 8

Here’s a look at tomorrow’s top talkers from Washington Post reporters and columnists who know the topics best.

U.S AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ: The rapid advancement of ISIS militants in northern Iraq has forced an urgent review of U.S. policy, writes Karen DeYoung, and the U.S. intervention is a test for Americans who for years have been averse to getting involved in military conflicts overseas. Adam Taylor looks at why U.S. bombs are now falling in Iraq, but not Syria.

ISIS ON THE RISE: In June, Greg Miller reported that U.S. intel showed ISIS was rapidly accumulating cash, weapons and new fighters and the group is “the strongest it’s been in years”. Liz Sly wrote that ISIS owes its resurgence in no small part to the chaos in Syria.

THE U.S. AND THE KURDS: The U.S. military’s airstrikes and airdrops are aimed at assisting the Kurds living in the region, which include the religious minority, the Yazidis. America has a long and winding history of dealings with the Iraqi Kurds, explains Rick Noack. Earlier last month, Omar Aziz, a Post contributor, argued that the Kurds won’t fight ISIS, despite encouragement from the U.S. and Iran, because a sundered Iraq means the possibility of an independent Kurdistan.

BROKEN CEASE-FIRE IN MIDDLE EAST: Rockets fired into Israel ended the cease-fire, reports William Booth and Sudarsan Raghavan. But the war could mean the return of Palestinian Authority President Mamoud Abbass, which would renew hopes for peace between Israel and Palestine, reports Griff Witte and Sudarsan Raghavan.

RUSSIAN SANCTIONS: Carol Morello reports that Ukraine is prepared to impose sanctions against Russia which could include halting flights and the flow of gas. It’s a move that is certain to have far-reaching consequences- Michael Birnbaum reported in May that the EU gets about 15% of its gas from Ukrainian pipelines.

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