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Kurdish Officials Say They've Pushed ISIS Out Of Kobani

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle...

Kurds Battle Assad's Forces, Opening New Front In Syria's War

Reuters | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY/BEIRUT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish s...

Turkish Soccer Body Penalizes Kurdish Club Amid Mounting Tensions

James Dorsey | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decision to penalize a third tier soccer club in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for adopting a Kurdish name reflects mounting tension in south-eastern Turkey.

Setting Benchmark in Battle for Statehood: Palestine Plays in Asian Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars who see soccer as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood with its qualification for this month's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly insurmountable barriers.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

Kurdish Fighters Push Back ISIS In Syria's Kobani

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-pack...

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bad News For U.S.-Turkish Cooperation: ISIS May Have Launched Attack From Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the U.S. and Turkey may finally reach an agreement on jointly combating the Islamic State. But in the meantime, Turkey appe...

In Kobani, A Father And Daughter Meet On The Battlefield

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — On the front lines of the battle for Kobani, Kurdish female fighters have been playing a major role in helping defend the Syria...

Iraq Reaches Major Oil Deal With Kurds

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 12.02.2014 | 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...

CUI BONO? Understanding ISIS.....

James A. Nathan | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
James A. Nathan

Though it is clear that Turkey has tacked to a strong wind, Turkey is painfully aware that the American-led effort to arm Kurds against ISIS will accelerate a redefinition of a hundred-year old regional order defined in the detritus of World War One.

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 ...

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.

The Fall of the Would-Be Emperor

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkey has the potential of becoming a significant global power, but to realize that, Erdogan must change course or leave. His arrogance, though, and self-styled piousness will prevent him from doing either and deny Turkey its deserving place to play a constructive role on the global stage.

Kurds and US vs ISIS

Ryan Campbell | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Allying with Kurdish forces means we can better fight ISIS, as well as empower a Democratic, secular, autonomous region to remain as a front against religious extremism in the area with the same investment.

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes

John Feffer | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

The administration is desperate to find a balance: air strikes but no (or few) boots on the ground, attacks on ISIS but no inadvertent bolstering of the Assad regime, assembling a coalition of Arab states against ISIS but trying to prevent some of these states from funding extremist factions on the ground, and so on.

Informal Patrols Hunt For ISIS On Turkey's Border With Syria

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

CAYKARA, Turkey (AP) — Their collars pulled up against the evening cold, a group of men and women peer through binoculars, scanning the fields along...

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.

Heavy Fighting In Kobani After Peshmerga Join Battle

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

By Mariam Karouny and Omer Berberoglu BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fig...

Peshmerga Fighters Boost Kurds In Battle For Kobani

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, j...

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...

Sophia Jones

As Syria's War Rages Next Door, Students Violently Clash At Turkey's Oldest University

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Forty years ago, Istanbul University was a battleground for clashes between leftist and far-right student activists, leading up to the Tur...