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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...

Militarily, Germany Should Stay Out of the War on ISIS

Gregor Gysi | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Gregor Gysi

Obama's strange coalition of the willing isn't much good. It operates against international law and remains ineffective. This country isn't privileged, it is not a world power and it also has a different history.

ISIS May Be Using Mustard Gas Linked to US Against Kurds

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Whether ISIS is now actually deploying the weapons still needs to be proven but there can be no question that they now control them -- and some can be traced back home to the United States.

It Is Time for a Kurdish Nation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Stephen Mansfield

If there is a cause that screams its urgency from today's troubled Middle East, it is the cause of Kurdish nationhood.

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...

Save Syrian Kurds From Slaughter In Kobani

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

ISIS is on the verge of occupying Kobani, the Kurdish city on the Syria-Turkey border. The UN Special Envoy warns that up 700 people, mainly elderly, will "most likely be massacred." Kurdish fighters desperately need arms and ammunition to stave off the ISIS onslaught.

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 Struggle To Defend Besieged Syrian Town

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish militiamen are putting up a fierce fight to defend a Syrian town near the border with Turkey but are struggling to repe...

Kurds Say U.S.-Led Airstrikes Push Islamic State Back From Kobani

Reuters | Daren Butler and Jonny Hogg | Posted 10.08.2014 | World

By Daren Butler and Jonny Hogg MURSITPINAR, Turkey/ANKARA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes on Wednesday pushed Islamic State fighters back t...

14 Dead As Kurdish Protesters Seeking Help Against ISIS Clash With Turkish Police

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

SUZAN FRASER & ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 peopl...

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 ...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Refusal To Help Besieged Kurds Fight ISIS Is Backfiring

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Kobani, a Kurdish town in northern Syria just a stone’s throw from the Turkish border, wasn't widely known until recently. But now, wit...

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 ...