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A Real Plan for Defeating ISIL

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

President Barack Obama presented his strategy for defeating ISIL in an address to the nation from the Oval Office yesterday evening. Other than recognizing the seriousness of the threat, which was heartening after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Obama offered nothing new.

Yazidis Eager To Return To Iraq’s Sinjar, Newly Freed From ISIS, But Fear What’s To Come

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.14.2015 | World

DAYRABUN, Iraq -- Just a day after Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, reclaimed Sinjar from the Islamic State, there wasn’t a hint of celebr...

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

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

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...

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 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,...

Why the Kurdish Fight for Women's Rights Is Revolutionary

Nazand Begikhani | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Nazand Begikhani

While the courage, audacity and resistance of Kurdish women fighters combating Islamic State jihadists in Kobani have made headlines in the last few months, Kurdish women have marked another revolutionary step by passing an equality decree that could guarantee their own rights within family and society.

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...

Kurds Stock Up On Arms As Islamic State Approaches

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 10.08.2014 | World

ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 9 (Reuters) - With Islamist militants just 30 minutes drive away, foreign oil workers were flying out of Iraq's Kurdish capital by ...

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

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?

Syrian Refugees Looking for Security, in Iraq

Swara Salih | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Swara Salih

In recent weeks, thousands of Syrian refugees have bee pouring into Iraqi-Kurdistan. The Arbat Syrian Refugee Camp is one of many in northern Iraq. The conditions were barely tolerable. Makeshift tents covered a roughly 1.5 kilometer area covered in dust and surrounded by trash.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Kurds understand that democracy and individual rights are compatible with Islamic values. The U.S. must not take its friends for granted and should take steps to consolidate friendly relations with the Kurds. Iraqi Kurds are proven, reliable partners.

Kurdish Oil Pipeline Could Split Iraq

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

Kurdish leaders in the north aim to defy Baghdad by exporting oil to Turkey through a new pipeline. Given simmering acrimony between the Kurdish government and Baghdad, that pipeline may be the tether that formally pulls Iraq in two.

Iran Seizes Kurdish Opposition Bases In Iraq

Posted 09.17.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces have taken control of three bases of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group in neighboring Iraq,...

Iraq Elections: Kurds Show Influence With Strong Turnout

guardian.co.uk | Martin Chulov | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A strong turnout from Iraq's Kurds in national elections on Sunday has enhanced their status of kingmakers in forming the central government, with pre...

Kurdistan PM Barzani Condemns Post-Election Violence

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iraqi Kurdistan's prime minister on Monday condemned post-election violence in the autonomous region that left one person dead and 12 injured, as oppo...

Iraq: Kurd-Arab Strife Takes Center Stage

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Louis Khno is a city councilman whose city is beyond his control. In his barricaded streets are militiamen -- in baseball caps and jeans, wielding Kal...

Iraq Faces A New War That Threatens To Complicate Obama's Withdrawal Plans

The Independent | Patrick Cockburn in Mosul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new war is threatening Iraq just as the world believes the country is returning to peace. While violence is dropping in Baghdad and in the south of ...