The Latest in Iraq

The crisis pitting two branches of Islam against one another is deepening. Sunni fighters are continuing their advance into towns and cities while the Shiite-led government struggles with a response.

 
Craig Boswell has the latest in news from around the world.
 
Sunni militants as have captured another Iraqi city…Tal Afar in the Northern part of the country.
 
The group.. called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria..  also released these photos –  claiming to have slaughtered more than 17-hundred captured Iraqi soldiers.  CBS News can not confirm the authenticity of the photos or verify the number of men killed.
 
The militants have vowed to take Baghdad.. and the city’s Shiite men are following a call from their spiritual leader to take up arms against the Sunni fighters. 
 
(Craig Boswell/CBS News/The White House)
The Obama administration is considering talks with Iran in an effort to stabilize the Iraqi government.. a move some lawmakers reluctantly support.
 
(Sen. Lindsey Graham/(R) South Carolina/Courtesy:  “Face the Nation”)
“WE NEED TO MAKE SURE BAGDAD DOESN’T FALL, SO YES, WE NEED A DIALOGUE OF SOME KIND WITH THE IRANIANS.”
 
But Former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morrell says the U-S doesn’t want Iran gaining a foothold in Iraq. Some Iranian fighters are already there.
 
(Mike Morrell/CBS News Sr. Security Contributor)
“WE NEED TO HELP THE IRAQI’S, THE MODERATE GULF STATES NEED TO HELP THE IRAQI’S, WE NEED TO KEEP IRAN OUT OF THIS.”
 
President Obama is weighing what military action the US might take. Secretary of State John Kerry says drone strikes may be an option. Ships are moving into position – The USS Mesa Verde…an amphibious transport dock ship carrying 500 Marines, joined the aircraft carrier the U-S-S George H. W. Bush in the Persian Gulf today.
 
Craig Boswell, CBS News, The White House.>
 
The US is also beefing up security at the embassy in Baghdad.
some of the staffers are temporarily transferred to other posts.
 
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