As we continue our look back at some of the best that The Agenda had to offer in 2014, here are a couple of conversations we broadcast on arguably the biggest international story of the year: The emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also sometimes called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The Islamic State now controls large swaths of both Iraq and Syria and, in the words of the New York Times, "now rivals Al Qaeda as the world’s most powerful jihadist group." It's fair to speculate that ISIL is preoccupying the foreign and defence ministries of the western world more than any other issue right now. A U.S.-led coalition has launched almost 600 air strikes against Islamic State militant targets in Iraq since the campaign began on 8 August.
The conversation above occured in June, when ISIL was just beginning to grab the attention of the wider Canadian public, and the one below took place in September, when our guests debated whether the military response to the Islamic State by the U.S., Canada and others was the right one.
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