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The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

Turkey Accused Of Bombing Kurdish Fighters In Syria

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkish troops have shelled a Syrian village near the border, targeting Kurdish fighters who have been battling the Islamic State grou...

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

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...

Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Kurdish movement has managed to survive and grow for 30 years in the Middle East, where politics is a dangerous business. Whether in Iran, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, the Kurds are now one of the key players in the Middle East, having won the world's admiration for their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. Secular, democratic and a champion of women's rights, the Kurdish movement has emerged as the most serious rival to radical groups like ISIS.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Turkey Finally Made A Move Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey made its boldest move yet against the Islamic State over the weekend. It wasn't to help the U.S.-led air campaign against the...

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,...

Kurdish Officials Say They've Pushed ISIS Out Of Kobani

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | World

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

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...

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.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS May Have Chemical Weapons

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State militant group may possess chemical weapons that it has already used to extend its self-proclaimed caliphate, accordin...

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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

As They Battle ISIS For Kurdish Town, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For three weeks, Syrian Kurdish fighters, outgunned and outnumbered, have held off an unrelenting assault from the Islamic State on the ...

Over 2,000 Syrian Kurds Flee Kobani as Islamic State Advances, Kurdish Official Says

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 6 (Reuters) - More than 2,000 Syrian Kurds including women and children are being evacuated from border town of Kobani afte...

Kurds Clash With ISIS In Fierce Fighting Over Syrian Border Town

Reuters | By RYAN LUCAS and LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 12.06.2014 | World

By Daren Butler MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced int...

U.S. Airstrikes Try To Halt ISIS Offensive On Syria Border Town

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Sylvia Westall MURSITPINAR/BEIRUT, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of...

7 Surprising Reasons Turkey Is Entering The War On ISIL

Juan Cole | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Juan Cole

These decisions are a significant turnabout from a month ago, when Turkey seemed reluctant to get involved. What is driving the AKP to join the American effort against ISIL?

The Kurdish Quest in Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Delovan Barwari

The tragedy unfolding in Syria will likely provide an opportunity for the Kurds of Syria to achieve their political and cultural rights under a federal democratic system or possibly establishing an independent Kurdish state in the post Assad era.

LOOK: Kurdish Girls Join The Fight In Syria

Posted 08.20.2013 | World

When Rokan Abrahim's school in the north of Syria closed because of the fighting, the 21-year-old took matters into her own hands. She joined an all-f...

The Syrian Kurds: A Key Element in the Syrian Conflict

Delovan Barwari | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Delovan Barwari

The secular and democratic-leaning elements of the Syrian opposition, including the Kurds, should be supported and the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities must be guaranteed in the post Assad era, as it is the key for the stability of the entire region.

Syrian Citizens Are Pressed Between the Regime's Rock and the Rebels' Hard Place

Ali Younes | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Ali Younes

It is clear that there is no doubt that the regime of Bashaar al Assad is responsible for killing tens of thousands of Syrian citizens and destroying much of the country's infrastructure. But to say that is to say only part of the story.

Obama and the Kurdish Question: Drones Are Not the Answer

Kevin McKiernan | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Kevin McKiernan

A few weeks ago, a U.S. diplomat disclosed that the U.S. had secretly offered Turkey a bin Laden-style assassination of the top leadership of a Kurdish rebel group. But the rebels aren't al-Qaeda -- and assassination isn't the answer to the Kurdish question.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Regardless of the outcome to Syria's civil war, the United States will have no friends in Syria except the Kurds. U.S.-Kurdish rapprochement would serve as a counter-weight to political demagogy and Islamist extremism.

17 Reported Killed At Syrian Protest

Posted 06.08.2011 | World

(Reuters) - The death toll in Syria's southern city of Deraa rose to 17, a hospital source and an activist said, after residents reported security f...