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Interview with former secretary of state

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Would Hillary Clinton have made Bergdahl prisoner swap?

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad: ‘The reality of Iraq has changed after Mosul’

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, the U.N. and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad has been a key voice in the relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East over the years. Amanpour asked what he thinks of the situation in Iraq right now as ISIS insurgents have gone from taking Mosul, Iraq's second city, to moving in around Baghdad. “The speed with which things have moved have reminded me of Afghanistan in the nineties when the Taliban were on the scene and moved extremely rapidly to take over one city after another.” The U.S. has spent a decade training the people of Iraq to fight this sort of insurgency, will they step back into the fray? “The reality of Iraq has changed after Mosul”. "The U.S. forces have to take into account not only the Iraqi forces; can they be helped? Can they be effective? But also the Kurdish forces, how to relate to them because they are perhaps in a better position”. Former Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi told the program that the U.S. would make things worse if they entered the conflict. He said he would be going to Baghdad to attempt to create unity, could he achieve it? Khalilzad stated, “He is a key figure but there are others who are important now too”. “No single person can do the job, the Iraqis have to come together”.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi: ‘The belt of Baghdad has fallen’

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As ISIS (the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria) militants carve their way through Iraq, currently trying to take a power plant in Baiji that powers much of Baghdad, the Iraq and the U.S. governments are reeling from the fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. The first head of state following the fall of Saddam Hussein, Ayad Allawi, knows the lengths the country has gone in recent years to prevent events such as the current crisis. The military has been trained for years by the U.S., but many soldiers have laid down their weapons and fled in the face of the insurgents. “They have nothing to fight for. Absolutely”, says Allawi. “They [Sunnis] have been disenfranchised, they have been oppressed, the situation has been getting out of control gradually. The forces of extremes have been thriving in Iraq, they [militants] have frankly been killing one thousand people, on average, a month and the government was unable and is still unable to do anything about it". Amanpour asked if we are seeing the end of Iraq as we know it. "Probably", replied Allawi. "It depends how it's going to be handled. But I think we are moving to a Syrianization kind of situation". Are we moving in the direction of partition? "Very possibly", said Allawi. Is Baghdad, Iraq's capital, at risk? "The belt of Baghdad has fallen". Allawi stated. "The outskirts are under the control of the armed people, the militants, the Sunni militants… The government of Baghdad is unable to challenge this, the government is unable to prevent explosions inside Baghdad."

Former Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi: I resigned in protest

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Once Special Envoy to Syria for the Arab League and the U.N., Lakhdar Brahimi left his post on May 14th of this year. He went out with a bang, telling Amanpour he resigned in protesting f the world’s refusal to act in Syria. “I resigned because I was getting nowhere and it was the only way for me to protest the total inattention of the international community and the region to the situation in Syria” It was a move that echoed the resignation of Former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford in February. “I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy”, said Ford just last week.

Former NSA Director: ‘An attack is going to come’

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The former director of the U.S.’s National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, warned Thursday that the NSA, mired in controversy over alleged overreach, will inevitably come under another kind of negative scrutiny when the next terrorist attack comes. “I do think an attack is going to come and hit us or Europe,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And then people are going to swing this right around.” “What is it that NSA actually does? Let’s get those facts on the table.” “Put it on the table, look at it, and say is that a reasonable way to do it? And if not, what would you suggest? What would others suggest? Nobody’s been able to come up with a better fix.” Thursday marks one year since the first revelations from leaker Edward Snowden were revealed. General Alexander led the spying organization until earlier this year, and has since founded a cybersecurity company, Ironnet.

Former Pakistani foreign minister: ‘Pakistan is still beaten and bruised’

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The first female foreign minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar's country and the region surrounding it has become entrenched in international condemnation as a stream of crimes committed against women are coming to light. In particular, so-called "honor killings" are taking place on a large scale in Pakistan, with 869 committed in 2013 alone. "I would say that the whole question of honor as being the protection of the men's honor as against the woman's life and the woman's honor," Khar says, "So the question of honor is actually the honor of the man." "Therefore a lot of legislation is required."

Former Berdgahl platoon member speaks out

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Joshua Cornelison, a medic who served in Bergdaghl’s platoon in Afghanistan, and Eric Schmitt join Hardball to talk about the anger felt by Bergdahl’s former platoon members.

Former GOPer changes name to ‘Cesar Chavez’

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Sideshow: A former Republican candidate in Arizona has come up with a new strategy to win the Hispanic vote in his state: he’s changed his name to “Cesar Chavez” and switched to the Democratic party.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’

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Christiane Amanpour’s full interview with Former Ambassador Robert Ford airs at 2pm ET on CNN International. The Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, who left his post just a month ago, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he could no longer stand behind his government. “I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy,” he said. “We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat.” Ford left Syria in February 2012 amid the escalating civil war. He remained ambassador until earlier this year; the embassy has been extremely active on social media. Syria is holding presidential elections on Tuesday, but ballots are only being cast in areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, and his only two opponents were government-approved. “There really is nothing we can point to that’s been very successful in our policy except the removal of about ninety-three percent of some of Assad’s chemical materials. But now he’s using chlorine gas against his opponents.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’

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The Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, who left his post just a month ago, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he could no longer stand behind his government. “I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy,” he said. “We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat.” Ford left Syria in February 2012 amid the escalating civil war. He remained ambassador until earlier this year; the embassy has been extremely active on social media. Syria is holding presidential elections on Tuesday, but ballots are only being cast in areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, and his only two opponents were government-approved. “There really is nothing we can point to that’s been very successful in our policy except the removal of about ninety-three percent of some of Assad’s chemical materials. But now he’s using chlorine gas against his opponents.”

Former Vice President reacts

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Exclusive: Dick Cheney says Obama is a 'very weak president'

‘We are not going to elect a dictator,’ says former Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa

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Egypt is not “going to elect a dictator,” Former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday as Egyptians went to the polls. Former Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to win the presidency. “We are not going to elect a dictator,” Moussa said. “We are going to elect a president under the stipulations of a constitution.” His comments came in response to a statement by el-Sisi’s sole opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi, that if elected he would release “all the innocent people who were convicted according to this unconstitutional law” – referring to a controversial demonstration law enacted last year. “He said I am going to release all innocent people, meaning that he's not going to release the non-innocent people,” Moussa said. “And who determined that? Only the courts can determine that.”

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