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Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Congress Voted Against Directly Arming Iraq's Kurds. Here's What That Means For The ISIS Fight.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's strategy for combating the extremist Islamic State group is still evolving. But for some members of Congress on...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

With ISIS At Its Door, Kurdistan Struggles To Accommodate Sunni Arabs And Yazidis

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asked about Kurdistan in Iraq, the autonomous region that has become the United States' favored partner on the ground against the Islami...

The Necessity of Iraqi Sunni Independence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One of the main prerequisites to defeating ISIS in Iraq is to determine the political future of Sunni Iraqis. The Sunnis are not prepared to make all the needed sacrifices only to benefit the Shiite government in Baghdad, which they reject and despise even more than ISIS. The Obama administration must begin, concurrently with the fight against ISIS, to negotiate the future status of the Sunni Iraqis.

The Peshmerga, the West's Best Defense Against the Islamic State

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

An anti-ISIS conference was held in Paris on June 2. The only armed forces that, so far, have stood up to the beheaders, the only ones capable of holding a front a thousand kilometers long, the only ones that have not yielded an inch of ground -- the Kurdish armed forces, the army of the Iraqi Kurds and its heroic Peshmerga -- were not invited.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Oil Agreement Central To Iraq's Unity In ISIS Fight May Be Crumbling

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A December 2014 oil agreement struck between Iraq's central government and the country's autonomous Kurdish region is in jeopardy and co...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurdish Leader Reaffirms Partnership With U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, who visited the U.S. for the first time since 2012 earlier this month, believes the U.S. has effectivel...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurds In Iraq And Syria Move Closer In ISIS Fight Because Blood 'Trumps Everything'

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an important development for the fight against the Islamic State group, the Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria are drawing closer toget...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

"What Happened To The Yazidis Is Nothing But Genocide"

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Obama administration began military action against the Islamic State back in August 2014, one of its stated goals was to defend...

How to Deal With the Islamic State? Arm the Kurds

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I believe that there is no better choice than to help the Kurds help us vanquish the unparalleled barbarity of the beheaders of the Islamic State. So, yes, weapons. An alliance without reservations or hidden agendas. Perhaps even a major "Erbil conference."

Let's Collect the Data, Pack and Go!

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Sepideh Saeedi

Practicing a decolonized archaeology starts with the very simple everyday practices that eventually make up these structures. Just as these practices contribute to the formation of these structures, simple changes in them can alter the broader structures.

Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation Against ISIS In Sinjar

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 02.16.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | 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 12.31.2014 | 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...