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Turkey Would Oppose U.S. Arms Transfers To Kurds

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey wouldn't agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Rec...

Fierce Fighting Resumes Against ISIS In Kobani

AP | By SUZAN FRASER and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO allies Turkey and the United States differed Monday on where they stand on the use of a key air base, with Turkish offici...

Kurds Halt Islamic State Militant Advance In Kobani, Say Activists

AP | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian border town of Kob...

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...

Kurds Protesting Across Europe Ask For Help Against ISIS

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators i...

Turkish President Says Syrian Town Under Islamic State Siege Is About To Fall

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

(Reuters) - Turkey's president said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was "about to fall" as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault ...

Kurds Clash With ISIS In Fierce Fighting Over Syrian Border Town

Reuters | By RYAN LUCAS and LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

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

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.

Turkish Tanks Take Up Position On The Syrian Border

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Turkish tanks took up position on a hill overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday af...

Kurdish Rebel Leader Calls On All Kurds To Mobilize Against ISIS

AP | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The imprisoned leader of a Kurdish rebel group fighting Turkey has called for a mass mobilization of all Kurds against the Isl...

Barack Obama Is Fourth President to Put Americans At Risk In Iraq: Let Those Threatened by the Islamic State Fight It

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unless President Obama pulls back quickly, his administration risks becoming absorbed in another interminable, unnecessary war in Mesopotamia with unpredictable but almost certainly negative consequences.

Best of Venice: 'Words with Gods', Finding the Divine Within Our Imperfections

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.07.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If there is a lesson to be learned from the nine short films that blend to create the magnificent Words with Gods it is that organized religion is not the most direct way to communicate with our higher being.

Al Qaeda's Move in India Presages More Elsewhere

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Al Qaeda's (AQ's) declaration that it is starting a franchise in South Asia is no surprise at all, given the sheer number of Muslims in the region, and that it is being eclipsed by the Islamic State (IS) in the headlines.

The Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of these troubled "my god is better than your god" times, rises an incredible film, premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, out of competition.

Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.

Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

There is little comfort for the displaced people of Qarakosh who see the most recent attacks as perhaps the final act in their expulsion from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have left the country in the last two decades. Estimates of the remaining total number of Iraqi Christians are as low as 200,000.

Celebrating Heroism on Mt. Sinjar, Preparing for What Comes Next

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Michel Gabaudan

During the past few weeks on Mt. Sinjar, we have seen both the worst and the best of what humanity can do.

The UN Strikes Back at ISIL's Black Economy

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The UN Security Council dramatically escalated the conflict with al Qaeda splinter groups by passing UN Resolution 2170. This UN Security Council is the latest in a series of draconian UN Resolutions against terror groups pursuant to its responsibility of forgotten obligations.

11 Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now To Understand How ISIS Rose To Power

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment

Last month, the Islamic State jihadist group, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, declared its sovereignty and promoted one of its leaders, Abu Bakr al-Ba...

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.

Remember Iraq's Saturday People

Lyn Julius | Posted 10.18.2014 | World
Lyn Julius

Until a few days ago, not many people in the West had heard of the Yazidis -- 50,000 were stranded without food and water on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq to escape the genocidal intentions of the Islamic State's (IS) army.

Kurdish Military: Peshmerga Forces Are Now In Full Control Of Mosul Dam

AP | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A spokesman for the Kurdish military says its peshmerga forces are now in full control of the Mosul Dam and its vicinity, successfull...

Checkmate and Moving on

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Iraq's immediate priority is to secure its cities, main arteries and borders by reforming and improving counter insurgency tactics and better equip the Iraqi Security Forces in conjunction with regional and global powers to help defeat ISIL.

Even Limited Air Strikes Should Serve a Larger Strategy

David W. Kearn | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Reversing the recent gains of ISIS will take time and should be primarily the task of regional powers, but the United States must engage those powers to coordinate and support their respective efforts.

Obama's Irrelevant Air Strikes

William Bradley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.