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Hundreds Of Kurds From Turkey Cross Into Syria To Fight ISIS

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 09.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic...

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.

Six Big Problems With Obama's New Anti-ISIS Strategy (Or, Why It May Already Be Too Late)

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has passed since President Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. There's been no shortage of activity, as distinguished from action, from the Obama administration.

4,486 American Soldiers Have Died in Iraq. President Obama Is Continuing a Pointless and Deadly Quagmire.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

We've already spent over ten years in Iraq and "terror" hasn't been destroyed. To pretend that another group won't replace ISIL once ISIL is defeated, through another decade of war in Iraq, perhaps, is simply playing a dangerous game of semantics.

Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Are The U.S. And Iraq On The Same Page?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

When Secretary of State John Kerry met with freshly minted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, he declared that the U.S. was "very enco...

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

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.

Obama: Mr. "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet" Does the Troubled NATO Summit

William Bradley | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.

A Woman's Job: Kurdish Female Fighters on the Front Lines in Iraq

Anushay Hossain | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Anushay Hossain

Nothing could provide better poetic justice than ISIS's looming reality of facing the might of a female-fronted army on the ground as they battle it out for the soul of Iraq.

ISIS Is Beheading Journalists to Lure America Into Another Ground War. Remember the Iraq War's Lessons

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If we fall into the trap set by ISIS, our country will have proven that its attention span is not only short, but also captivated by terrorist propaganda and lured into costly wars by terrorist strategies.

BDA, Genocide and Oil in Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

In all of our lifetimes we have seen the United States led into war based on inaccurate and false assertions of dangers and horrors, often for the benefit of a few. It should not happen again.

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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.