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Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bad News For U.S.-Turkish Cooperation: ISIS May Have Launched Attack From Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the U.S. and Turkey may finally reach an agreement on jointly combating the Islamic State. But in the meantime, Turkey appe...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Turkey, Reluctant Partner In Obama's ISIS Strategy, Frustrates U.S. Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey, with its resources, geographic position and potential regional sway, is uniquely suited to be the West's key partner against the...

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.

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.

Sophia Jones

Why Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight Extremists In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For weeks, Turkey has barred Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Syria to defend their ethnic fellows in Kobani against the Islami...

Fiercest Fighting In Days Between Kurds And ISIS In Kobani

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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...

Report: Turkish Jets Hit Kurdish Rebel Targets

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first ...

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 12.07.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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 ...

Mollie Reilly

Kurds Face Massacre In Syrian Border Town As Turkey Just Watches

HuffingtonPost.com | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

The Turkish military is just watching as outgunned and outnumbered Kurdish fighters warn that a massacre is imminent in a town visible across the Syri...

Turkey's Parliament Approves Military Operations In Iraq, Syria

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DIAA HADID | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament approved a motion Thursday that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria a...

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 06.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

Kurdish Rebels Make 'Final Warning' To Turkey

Reuters | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

ISTANBUL, July 19 (Reuters) - Kurdish militants issued what they said was a "final warning" to Turkey on Friday to take concrete steps to advance a ...

Kurdish Rebels Start Historic Withdrawal From Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 07.08.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish rebels have started their gradual retreat from Turkey to bases in northern Iraq, a Kurdish party leader said Wednesday,...

The Problem with Ocalan's Peace

Andrew Self | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Andrew Self

This week, jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan made a historic call for the PKK to lay down their arms and withdraw from Turkey.

Kurdish Rebel Leader Calls For Ceasefire With Turkey

AP | MUCAHIT CEYLAN and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — In a major step toward ending one of the world's longest, bloodiest insurgencies, the Kurds' jailed rebel leader called Thursda...

Fears and Expectations of Sykes-Picot

Taha Ozhan | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Taha Ozhan

The Kurdish entity born out of the invasion in Iraq and the uprisings in Syria resulted both in exaggerated expectations and fears. This state, which in fact coincided to fears and expectations about Sykes-Picot, prevented a healthy analysis and discussion of the issue.

What Was It All For?

Andrew Self | Posted 04.05.2013 | World
Andrew Self

Ankara's recently acknowledged talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan have spawned more questions than answers. Waves of speculation abound over the terms of the talks, the motives behind them, and their possibility for success.

Obama and the Kurdish Question: Drones Are Not the Answer

Kevin McKiernan | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Kevin McKiernan

A few weeks ago, a U.S. diplomat disclosed that the U.S. had secretly offered Turkey a bin Laden-style assassination of the top leadership of a Kurdish rebel group. But the rebels aren't al-Qaeda -- and assassination isn't the answer to the Kurdish question.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Regardless of the outcome to Syria's civil war, the United States will have no friends in Syria except the Kurds. U.S.-Kurdish rapprochement would serve as a counter-weight to political demagogy and Islamist extremism.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Kurds understand that democracy and individual rights are compatible with Islamic values. The U.S. must not take its friends for granted and should take steps to consolidate friendly relations with the Kurds. Iraqi Kurds are proven, reliable partners.

Turkey and Syria: The Kurdish Dilemma

James Dorsey | Posted 10.08.2012 | World
James Dorsey

Syrian Kurdish assertiveness raises the question whether Turkey can sustain its opposition to the aspirations of the Kurds on its borders, or whether it would be better served by embracing a proactive Kurdish policy.