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Week In The News: Iraq At War, Deadly Twisters, An Amazon Phone

Iraq blows up. A Benghazi arrest. A deadly double -twister in Nebraska. Amazon’s “Fire.” The Daily Beast’s Kim Dozier, the National Journal’s James Oliphant and On Point’s own Jack Beatty work through a week’s worth of big stories.

Iraqi Army soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting center during a recruiting drive for men to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP)

Iraqi Army soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting center during a recruiting drive for men to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP)

American troops, headed back to a reeling Iraq this week.  ISIS militants and their allies, sweeping across the country.  Oil and Baghdad threatened.  And the US president, putting “boots on the ground” – again.  Not combat troops, the President insisted.  Not now.  Not ever.  But Special Forces are headed in.  Iraq’s not over.  In Libya, an arrest in the Benghazi attack.  In Washington, new Republican leadership.  Missing IRS e-mails.  More heat on the Redskins to change their name.  And Dick Cheney goes on the attack.  This hour, On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Kimberly Dozier, contributing editor to the Daily Beast. Author of “Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report and Get Back to the Fight.”  Former CBS News correspondent. (@KimberlyDozier)

James Oliphant, White House correspondent for the National Journal. (@jamesoliphant)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Conflict in Iraq Adds New Angle to U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks — “The Iranian leadership had a message for Washington on Wednesday: If President Obama really wants some cooperation on stabilizing Iraq, he might first think about speeding forward with a permanent deal over Iran’s nuclear capability.”

The Daily Beast: Why Delta Force Waited So Long to Grab a Benghazi Ringleader — “The mission to capture Ahmed abu Khatallah, one of the ringleaders of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya was more than a year in the making. In the months leading up to the raid, teams from the Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, or Delta Force, practiced the extradition on a mock-up of abu Khatallah’s compound at Fort Bragg, according to a U.S. military contractor familiar with the planning for the mission.”

TechCrunch: Amazon Announces The $199 Fire Phone, The First Smartphone With Head-Tracking Technology — “The Fire Phone rocks a 4.7-inch IPS screen and is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera with image stabilization and a f2.0 lens. Inside is a quad-core 2.2GHz chip, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM — not enough to stand tall against the latest Android flagships but enough horsepower to provide a good experience.”

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