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ISIS killings highlight lack of Iraq intelligence assets, says former UK Intel Chief

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The brutal ISIS killings of two American journalists, and the threat to kill a British hostage, highlight the fact that America and Britain have very little intelligence capability in the country, former UK Security and Counter-Terrorism Minister Pauline Neville-Jones said Wednesday. “One of the things I think that looking back it was certainly a mistake, was that when both the U.S. and U.K. left Iraq, the intelligence assets were removed at the same time,” she told CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour. “That has meant there is a real hole in our collective knowledge of what’s been going on on the ground.” “That has to be restored, because, you know, you don’t in the end conduct really successful military operations of any kind in the absence of good intelligence. So that’s urgent, important, and I think it’s underway.” All eyes are on the U.K. as Western leaders step up their rhetoric on ISIS. Not only is a British national threatened with being the next to die, the executioner of the two American journalists speaks with a London accent in videos released by ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said the U.K. “will not be cowed by these barbaric killers.” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said America would follow ISIS “to the gates of hell.”

Former U.S. ambassador to Iraq reacts

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Should the US act against ISIS alone?

Former CIA director weighs in

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James Woolsey on why America should worry about ISIS

Former Vice President reacts

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Exclusive: Dick Cheney on ISIS beheading of journalist

Former British Commander: ‘We created Iraq,’ now we have to help fix it

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A highly respected former British commander on Thursday said that the UK had a responsibility to help put Iraq back together again. “Britain created Iraq in 1920,” Col. Tim Collins told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Thursday. “It’s hard to say at this moment is there such a nation as Iraq.” There must be a strong diplomatic effort to create a more “balanced country;” an effort to supply the Kurds with equipment, ammunition, and training; and an effort to get Sunni tribes on board with fighting ISIS, itself an extremist Sunni group.

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister: ‘Maliki himself and some of his associates do not realize how big is the threat’

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The rise of Haider al-Abadi to the Prime Minister's office has been applauded around the world and across Iraqi party lines. The general consensus has been that with his tenure so too shall come a more inclusive government. Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the program that more involvment the country's many factions is a pivotal factor in the struggle against ISIS. "To be truly representative of the Iraqi communities, nationalities, sexes. It is very important to defeat ISIS." He told the program that in Iraq's current position, the nation needs "a democratic, a representative, an inclusive government to reach out to all communities and fight back." When asked why the current government, under the incumbent Prime Minister Maliki, had faltered in it's response to the current crisis, the former Foreign Minister said a lack of speed was due to a failure to realize the extent of the ISIS threat. He told Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, that "Maliki himself and some of his associates do not realize how big is the threat." "You don't get that sense of urgency or the need to move or to make concessions in order to save the country from total collapse."

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad: ‘I’m shocked but not surprised’

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As the United States Ambassador to Iraq from 2005-2007, Zalmay Khalilzad said he was met with "demanding circumstances with a lot of violence." Since the end of his tenure, Iraq and the region surrounding it have spiraled​ into political unrest and violent conflict. The events have left the former ambassador "Shocked but not surprised." The United States stepped into the fray with aid drops and airstrikes this week and by doing so, Zalmay Khalilzad says, U.S. President Barack Obama has "saved the lives of many people" and helped "Kurds prevent a takeover of Irbil, possibly, by the ISIS terrorists." "I think the president has taken a good step. He needs to build on that as the situation requires." Regarding the trials facing Nuri al-Maliki's replacement, the "more worldly" Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, Khalilzad told the program "he has huge challenges confronting him."​ ​

Former Navy SEAL reacts to lawsuit

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Marcus Luttrell reacts to Jesse Ventura verdict

Former Deputy Defense Minister reacts

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Danny Danon fires back at Obama's stance on Israel

Criminal trial of former governor begins

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Rachel Maddow reports on the first day of the criminal trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, whose corruption prosecution will be highlighted by exhibits of luxury gifts.

Former presidential candidate reacts

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Pat Buchanan on why border crisis may tear the US apart

Former NYC mayor weighs in

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Rudy Giuliani pushes for border security amid crisis

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