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Iraqi Kurdistan

My Address To The Kurdish Nation

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.15.2017 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Speech delivered on March 7, 2017, in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on the occasion of the advance premiere of the film, The Battle of Mosul. By...

Lawmaker Slams Trump's Secretary Of State Pick For Hurting Middle East Christians

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, endangered Christians in Iraq in 2011, a top House Demo...

A Murder In Kurdistan

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics

Most mornings this August, Wedad Hussein Ali, a 28-year-old Kurdish journalist with a trim beard and a penchant for spiking his hair, would get up ear...

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Time For Kurdexit From Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 09.24.2016 | World
Delovan Barwari

The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) and the Institute for Media and Political Research (IMPR) in August 2016 conducted a face-to-face survey in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to measure the level of support for independence.

Erdogan Wants 'Every Last Rebel Killed', But He Won't Succeed

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.25.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

To understand the Kurds' mindset, Erdogan will do well to revisit, however cursorily, their history and the hardship they have experienced since the end of World War I.

Kurdish Leader Says Brussels Attacks Show Need For Unity Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's Islamic State-claimed attack in Brussels shows that the fight against militant extremism will be waged around the world, accor...

An Iraqi Sunni State Is Prerequisite To Defeating ISIS

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.19.2017 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As long as the Sunni Iraqis do not know what the future has in store for them, they will be unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to battle ISIS only to benefit the Shiite government in Baghdad, which they despise even more than ISIS.

6 Tips for Fun and Success: Notes From the Real World

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 02.01.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Adam Sulkowski

I'm proud to call Greg my former student. At a recent meet-up we realized that, whatever we do, six maxims exist for generating and enjoying good outc...

Dispatch from ISIS Front on Kurdistan's Sustainable Development

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 01.10.2017 | World
Adam Sulkowski

Imagine you are invited by a former student to visit his home, Kurdistan, your friend is researching ethnic minorities in the War on Terror and wants ...

Justice for ISIL Crimes: The Voice of Victims as Antidote to Extremism

Payam Akhavan | Posted 11.28.2016 | World
Payam Akhavan

A year ago, on November 27th, 2014, I testified before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Canada's Response to the Violence, Religious Persecution and Dislocation Caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Crisis Brews Among Kurds In Iraq, Threatening ISIS Fight

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A worsening political dispute on the front lines of the fight against the Islamic State group threatens one of the few silver linings fo...

ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do ...

Barzani Must Remain President to Lead Kurds out of Crisis

Delovan Barwari | Posted 08.09.2016 | World
Delovan Barwari

With Iraq and Syria embroiling in bloodshed, the calamity is likely to deepen as Turkey officially entered the war by conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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 06.10.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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.

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...