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Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation Against ISIS In Sinjar

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Two Leading Iraqi Kurdish Groups Fighting The Islamic State To Be Taken Off U.S. Terror List

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the leading political parties representing the Middle East's stateless Kurdish population will soon be removed from a U.S. list o...

Iraq's Internet Is Almost All Under Kurdish Control

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern ...

Peshmerga Convoy Enters Syria's Kobani After Delays

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the batt...

Battle For Kobani Unites Kurds Divided By Borders

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on...

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

Sophia Jones

Why Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight Extremists In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For weeks, Turkey has barred Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Syria to defend their ethnic fellows in Kobani against the Islami...

It Is Time for a Kurdish Nation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Stephen Mansfield

If there is a cause that screams its urgency from today's troubled Middle East, it is the cause of Kurdish nationhood.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Are The U.S. And Iraq On The Same Page?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

When Secretary of State John Kerry met with freshly minted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, he declared that the U.S. was "very enco...

Remember Iraq's Saturday People

Lyn Julius | Posted 10.18.2014 | World
Lyn Julius

Until a few days ago, not many people in the West had heard of the Yazidis -- 50,000 were stranded without food and water on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq to escape the genocidal intentions of the Islamic State's (IS) army.

Kurdish Pleas For Weapons May Finally Be Heard

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. For just as long, the administr...

Ryan Grim

U.S. Helping, Hurting Kurds At Same Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A leading Democratic voice on foreign affairs called Friday for the White House to drop U.S. opposition to allowing the Kurdistan Region...

Is It Time to Arm the Peshmerga?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The White House has some thinking to do. Is the security situation in northwestern Iraq so dire that the administration's "one Iraq" policy needs to be reviewed and perhaps changed?

A Reporter's View Of Iraq Through Photos

Sophia Jones | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Sophia Jones

Iraq, with its prominent Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations, is looking more and more like a country split into three.

Sophia Jones

'They Killed People And Then Hung Them In Their Homes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq -- They came without warning. Heavily armed and riding in hundreds of cars and Humvees stolen from the Iraqi army, the extremist Sunni fi...

Kurdish Leader Warns Of A 'New Reality' In Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 08.24.2014 | World

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has alrea...

Partition: The Only Viable Solution for the Turmoil in Iraq and Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

The United States and the other international powers should look beyond short-term strategies for reducing violence and combating terrorism, as the failure in their quest stems from disregarding the underlying issues.

The Kurd Is the Word

Francis Levy | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

The New York Times reported on Robert Kagan's New Republic piece, "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire" (5/26/14), ("Events in Iraq Open Door for Interv...

Sophia Jones

In Historic Reversal, Turkey Opens Door To Splitting Iraq

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- In a statement that could have a dramatic impact on regional politics in the Middle East, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling party recentl...

Sophia Jones

On The Run From ISIS, Syrian Kurds Wonder If They've Left One War For Another

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- On most days, Youssef Suleiman and his family of six can be found crowded around their television in a sprawling refugee camp on the ou...

Dismembering Iraq

Allan Topol | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Allan Topol

The United States made a great effort to leave behind a viable nation of Iraq. Unfortunately, two recent events demonstrate that it's now disintegrating.

Flag on Dorm Room Wall Signifies Resilience of Kurdish People

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Kathleen Buckstaff

When does a country become a country? Is it when the United Nations deems it so, or is it when an 18-year-old hangs a flag on his dorm room wall?

Obama Ought to Reconsider His Middle East Policy

Delovan Barwari | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

Obama's passive foreign policy toward the Shi'a-led governments in Iran, Iraq, and Syria will ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, reduce U.S. influence abroad, and further endanger global security.

Kurdistan's Recent Election: Its Achievements and Challenges

Delovan Barwari | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq held its fourth legislative elections on September 21, 2013.

Iraqi Kurds: "No Friend but the Mountains"

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

The recent explosion shatters the myth that Iraqi Kurdistan can immunize itself from Iraq's violence between Sunnis and Shia.