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Iran Supplied Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Masso...

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.

Sophia Jones

Young Kurds From Turkey Flocki To Iraq And Syria To Fight | Sophia Jones | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- Sixteen years ago, Erzihan said goodbye to her daughter. The quiet and somber Kurdish mother remembers it like it was yesterday....

An International Conference on Iraq as a Solution

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

ISIS is trying to establish its own Sunni state, the so-called Islamic Caliphate, across borders that have their origins in the Ottoman Empire and post-World War I diplomacy.

Iraqi Forces Retake Control Of Mosul Dam

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA and DIAA HADID | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President B...

"We Have Become the Kurdish Air Force" -- Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh Makes the Case For Non-Intervention in Iraq

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

Northern Iraq is rich with oil and natural gas and what is playing out is a battle for these resources by the Kurds and Sunnis in the wake of the departure of Baghdad's control and army. In effect we have become the Kurdish Air Force in protecting the gains the Kurds have made since this crisis began in June.

France To Send Weapons To Kurds In Iraq

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — Calling the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan "catastrophic," France said Wednesday it would start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces figh...

President Erdoğan to the Rescue?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Ultimately defeating ISIL and bringing stability to Iraq and Syria can only be accomplished via political compromise on all sides and international cooperation. Turkey can play a key role as a regional champion for the region's Sunni and Kurdish communities.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Welcome Back, President Obama!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

Anyone who has read Obama's recent interview with Thomas Friedman and, more importantly, listened to his statement regarding the ongoing U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in Iraq is right to question whether this is the same U.S. president that has remained idle for so long.

The Obama Tactic

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The American public isn't exactly strongly supportive of Obama's foreign policy right now, but one thing the public really doesn't support is getting involved with any of the various conflicts raging over there. We are still -- again, according to the polls -- a pretty war-weary nation.

Obama: 'There Is No American Military Solution To The Larger Crisis In Iraq'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke on the situation in Iraq on Monday, reiterating that "there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq...

Iraq's President Names Deputy Speaker New Prime Minister

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament spea...

U.S. Sending Arms To Kurds In Iraq, Officials Say

AP | JULIE PACE and NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security cri...

Official: Kurdish Forces Seize Back Two Towns From Insurgents

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Reinvigorated by American airstrikes, Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday, achieving one of their first victor...

Laughing From His Grave

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Nearly 12 years ago, the United States Congress, representing the American people, provided President George W. Bush with the authorization to invade Iraq. Friday, seemingly under this same authorization, American bombs fell again on Iraq.

Igor Bobic

Obama: U.S. Airstrikes, Aid In Iraq Continues With No Set 'Timetable' | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said that U.S. airstrikes have successfully destroyed Islamic State arms and equipment moving against Kurdish for...

The Obama Doctrine

Peter W. Galbraith | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Peter W. Galbraith

President Obama's announcement that the US will protect 40,000 Yazidis trapped on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain is a decisive response to an unfolding humanitarian disaster. Airdrops of water and food will save lives. The Yazidis, however, will not really be safe until they can get off the desert mountain and back to their homes in Sinjar.

Iraq Arms Kurds Against ISIS In Unprecedented Move

Reuters | Missy Ryan | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to Peshmerga fighters from Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region ...

President Obama Is Right to Block the Genocidal ISIS and Hold the Kurdish Defense Line

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

CREDO commends President Obama for responding to a clear humanitarian crisis with emergency supplies. More is needed, the U.S. need not continue alone, but starting quickly while refugees are literally dying on the mountain is the right thing to do now.

Kurds Stock Up On Arms As Islamic State Approaches

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 08.08.2014 | World

ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 9 (Reuters) - With Islamist militants just 30 minutes drive away, foreign oil workers were flying out of Iraq's Kurdish capital by ...

Ryan Grim

U.S. Helping, Hurting Kurds At Same Time | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A leading Democratic voice on foreign affairs called Friday for the White House to drop U.S. opposition to allowing the Kurdistan Region...

U.S. Launches Second Round Of Airstrikes In Iraq

AP | By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. launched two more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Friday, hitting a vehicle convoy and two m...

Who Are the Yazidi?

Janet Ritz | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Janet Ritz

ISIS has attacked the Yazidi people -- a sect of the Kurds -- in Iraq. The jihadists have driven the survivors to the slopes of Mt. Sinjar, where the Yazidi are running out of food, water and hope. Who are the Yazidi? Why is ISIS after them, why have Sunni and Shi'a attacked them in the past, and why are they at risk of genocide now?