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ISIS and the fight for Iraq
June 14th, 2014
07:07 PM ET

ISIS and the fight for Iraq

By CNN's Annesha Bhattacharya

40 miles west of Baghdad, on the banks of the Euphrates River, lies the desert city of Falluja. It was once known as the “City of Mosques” – a hub of trade, culture, and prosperity. Today Falluja is overshadowed by the ISIS – an extremist group that has poured into Iraq. Over the course of this week, several prominent Iraqi cities have been overrun by ISIS forces. They have vowed to continue on to Baghdad. In its wake, ISIS has left death, destruction, and thousands of displaced Iraqis.

For Falluja, this is nothing new.
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Filed under: Lukman Faily • SOTU Extra • State of the Union
April 20th, 2014
09:50 AM ET

Is Iraq more or less safe now?

Lukman Faily - Iraqi Ambassador to the United States - talks about the future of democracy in Iraq.


Filed under: Iraq • Lukman Faily • Newsmakers • State of the Union
April 20th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

Baghdad to Boston: running in solidarity

Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, is from a country splintered almost daily by sectarian terrorism. Car bombs, kidnappings, and horrific acts of violence continue to plague an Iraq trying to recover and rebuild after more than a decade of armed upheaval. Faily was serving as his country’s ambassador in Tokyo last year when Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu were killed and hundreds were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The pictures of desperate faces and devastation were familiar to him.

When Faily was told last summer he would be posted to Washington, he told himself he would run in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

“This is a way for me to say ‘thank you’ to our American friends,” says Faily.

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From Baghdad to Beantown
April 19th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

From Baghdad to Beantown

By CNN's Susan Garraty

It will be an emotional scene as more than 36 thousand runners attempt to complete Monday's Boston Marathon. Last year, two homemade pressure cooker bombs placed next to the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street killed eight people, tore away limbs, and troubled many Americans' hearts as it became apparent that terrorism had again visited the United States.

Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, is from a country splintered almost daily by sectarian terrorism. Car bombs, kidnappings, and horrific acts of violence continue to plague an Iraq trying to recover and rebuild after more than a decade of armed upheaval. Faily was serving as his country’s ambassador in Tokyo last year when Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu were killed and hundreds were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The pictures of desperate faces and devastation were familiar to him.

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