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Kurds and US vs ISIS

Ryan Campbell | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.14.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 11.01.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | World

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

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

Radicalization: An Urgent Threat That Needs Washington's Attention

David Oualaalou | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
David Oualaalou

Currently, the United States does not understand why and how the process of radicalization evolves, and who is being radicalized and why.

Free Syrian Army Fighters Enter Kobani To Help Battle ISIS

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way towa...

Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

By ignoring all these legitimate reasons for Turkey's failure to win the Security Council seat, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu falsely attributed his country's defeat to its reluctance to abandon "its values for the sake of getting more votes."

Kurds In Kobani Repulse Islamic State Attack On Border Gate

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants tried to seize a border post in the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish frontier ov...

Does Turkey Fear the Kurds More Than ISIL?

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Part of the problem is that the U.S. has made the Kurds the centerpiece of its strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria, which Turkey fears will empower and strengthen Kurdish elements that want to overthrow the Turkish state.

Watch The Harrowing Story Of A Yazidi Woman Fighting Back Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.22.2014 | World

As Islamic State militants led a brutal attack on the Yazidi minority in Iraq's north this past August, tens of thousands of villagers fled into the S...

Send in the Air Force Combat Controllers and Green Berets to Destroy ISIS.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

As Rome (or at least Kobani) burns and faces the very real threat of a Srebrenica-style massacre, it is time for the US to stop fiddling and entertain the idea of putting small groups of US troops into the fray to empower our Kurdish peshmerga, Free Syrian Army and Iraqi government allies.

U.S. Reaps Iraqi Whirlwind: Washington Should Get Out Before It's Too Late

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration's Iraq policy has failed. The U.S. is more entangled in conflict and war; Americans have been killed in retaliation for Washington's intervention; the Islamic State is still advancing; U.S. allies continue to free ride on America; Washington hopes to square a nonexistent circle in Syria.

Pentagon Confirms Islamic State Captured Bundle Of Supplies Meant For Kurds

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday two bundles of military supplies for Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani wen...

'Kurdish Peace Process': Erdoğan's Gamble for Absolute Power?

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Yavuz Baydar

The core of mass fury had to with the question Turkey's Kurds ask constantly these days: Can we trust that President Erdoğan is sincere about the peace talks with the PKK or, are we all being jerked around, duped?

This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

The militant group known as the Islamic State has a limited view of what women can do: At best, they can support their husbands and produce new genera...

The Kurdish Experiment in Radical Decentralism and Why Kobani Must Be Saved

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

My father's impassioned plea for military assistance from November 1956 is more relevant today than ever. As long as organized Kurdish resistance continues, we must make the demand for arms to the Kurds our insistent cry.

John Kerry: It Would Be 'Irresponsible' Not To Aid The Kurds Against ISIS

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "val...

Fiercest Fighting In Days Between Kurds And ISIS In Kobani

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

By Humeyra Pamuk URFA, Turkey, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Is...

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...