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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...

PHOTOS: Meet The Guerrilla Fighters Of Kurdistan

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

How do you delve beneath the surface of a protracted, brutal conflict -- one that involves Syria, Iraq, Islamic State militants and various Kurdish fa...

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.

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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurdish Leader Aligns With White House Over Congress On ISIS Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Visiting the U.S. for the first time in three years, the leader of one of the chief forces combating the Islamic State group had a messa...

Iraqi Kurds Claim To Have Evidence ISIS Used Chemical Weapon

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, March 14 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Saturday they had evidence that Islamic State had ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Rand Paul, Longtime Foe Of Nation Building, Is Ready Now To Redraw The Middle East

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Nation-builder" probably isn't a term Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would use to describe himself. The libertarian-leaning senator has built a...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. On Feb. 19, U.S. C...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurds: We Need More Support To Fight ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kurdish fighters on the frontlines against the Islamic State group have been successful thus far but urgently need expanded support from...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurds Become A 2016 Campaign Issue For Rand Paul

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is showing signs of trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials ahead of a likely run for president in 2016,...

ISIS Battle In Iraq Kills 30 Kurds, Officials Say

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group fighters attempting to retake a town in northern Iraq held by Kurdish peshmerga forces have killed at least 30 Ku...

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 Reaches Major Oil Deal With Kurds

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 02.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government on Tuesday reached a deal with the Kurdish local authorities in the country's north to exchange oil from the aut...

For The Kurds, No Friends But The Americans

Rashid Karadaghi | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Rashid Karadaghi

The recognition by the US of the Kurds in Syrian-occupied Kurdistan as an ally against ISIS is a positive step but must be followed by US recognition of the Kurds in Syria and elsewhere as an oppressed people with legitimate national rights and aspirations.

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.

The Role Of The Kurds In The Fight Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Peter W. Galbraith on the r...

Kurds Protesting Across Europe Ask For Help Against ISIS

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators i...

Germany To Send Rifles, Tank Busters To Aid Kurds

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Ir...

Celebrating Heroism on Mt. Sinjar, Preparing for What Comes Next

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Michel Gabaudan

During the past few weeks on Mt. Sinjar, we have seen both the worst and the best of what humanity can do.

In Break With Past, Germany Agrees To Arm Iraq's Kurds

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

BERLIN/ROME Aug 20 (Reuters) - Germany and Italy joined Britain and France on Wednesday in saying they would arm Iraqi Kurdish security forces fight...

Ground Troops Arrive In Iraq To Assess Plan To Help Save Refugees (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: Aug. 13, 5:52 p.m. -- CNN and CBS report a small group of special forces flew into Mt. Sinjar in black hawk helicopters, and departed after sp...