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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...

Jailed Kurdish Leader Asks Fighters To End Armed Struggle In Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 02.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end ...

Kurdish Fighters Capture ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stron...

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...

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Won't Be 'Considered For The Higher Office' Because Of Benghazi

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to “defend our ambassador” during the 2012 Bengh...

A Two-State Solution for Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Delovan Barwari

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is fundamentally linked to the historic religious and ethnic enmity among its three major ethnic and religious components. The vicious cycle of violence appears to have no end in sight.

Hoshiyar Ali, Who Has Lost Both His Legs, Is Still Defusing Mines In Northern Iraq

Hans-Joachim Löwer | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Hans-Joachim Löwer

"As long as I still have my hands, I will not stop this work," he says, "not even for a moment."

Boots on the Ground: Obsolete

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Unless the United States is prepared to expect severe casualties to hundreds maybe thousands of our forces, we must keep boots off the ground. Our air forces are doing a reasonably effective job with so far no casualties to us, we must keep it that way.

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,...

How to Deal With the Islamic State? Arm the Kurds

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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."

Kurds Clash With Turkish Police While Calling For Release Of PKK Leader

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2015 | World

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Thousands of Kurds rallied in towns across Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast o...

The Loophole That Denies Fighters Their 72 Virgins

Em & Lo | Posted 02.06.2015 | Arts
Em & Lo

Itai Anghel, an Isreali Jewish news correspondent and filmmaker with the balls the size of pumpkins, recently wandered into Syria and Iraq with a camera and not much else (no helmet, no bullet proof vest) to capture the front lines of the Kurdish fight against ISIS.

Kurdish Fighters In Iraq Struggle To Hold Gains Against ISIS

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

SNUNY, Iraq (AP) — Only stray dogs and a dozen armed fighters walk the streets of Snuny, a ghost town at the base of Mount Sinjar where rapid milita...

Sophia Jones

Despite Kobani's Liberation From ISIS, Many Syrians See Little To Celebrate

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.29.2015 | World

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- Syrians say there's little to celebrate even if Kurdish fighters, aided by a barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes, have successfully dr...

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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 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...

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...