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Turkish Troops Attack U.S.-Backed Kurds in Syria, a Clash of NATO Allies

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 03:13
Forces crossed the Syrian border in an assault on an isolated Kurdish area, straining relations with Washington and raising international concerns.
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72 Turkish Jets Bomb U.S.-Backed Kurdish Militias in Syria

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 23:41
Despite warnings from the United States, a defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey vowed to crush the militias, which he described as a terrorist threat.
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Turkey Begins Operation Against U.S.-Backed Kurdish Militias in Syria

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 05:25
Against US warnings Turkey announced it was proceeding with an operation against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin
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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:48
The creation of a new military force in Syria raises fears of fighting among American allies and could draw the U.S. deeper into the conflict.
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With Iraqi-Kurdish Talks Stalled, Phone Diplomacy Averts New Clashes

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 22:28
Informal talks continue amid public acrimony, but the precise roles of some of the participants are elusive. So is a breakthrough.
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Iraqi Kurds’ Independence Vote Exposed Risks to Energy Strategy

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:26
Regional leaders have long sought to craft an oil and gas policy independent of Baghdad, but the fallout from the recent referendum reveals new liabilities.
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Kurdish Leader Quits, Latest Fallout From Much-Criticized Independence Vote

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 03:20
Massoud Barzani had pushed for the independence referendum that many Kurdish leaders now see as a catastrophic blunder.
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Helping the Kurds: ‘A Recipe for Disaster’

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 21:07
A reader warns of encouraging further chaos in the unstable Middle East if we follow Senator John McCain’s advice.
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What Is a Nation in the 21st Century?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:59
The independence referendums in Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia raise a common post-Cold War question.
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John McCain: We Need a Strategy for the Middle East

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 02:15
We can start by supporting our allies.
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Enmity Between Baghdad and Kurds Erupts in Deadly Clashes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 01:50
Both sides claim that they were attacked, and the Kurdish regional government says it expects a fresh Iraqi assault.
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Iraqi Forces Overpower Kurds, but Public Relations Battle Rages

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:16
The two American allies are vying for international support days after Iraq drove Kurdish fighters from almost all contested areas.
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Are the Days of Low Oil Prices Receding?

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:12
The Kurdish vote for independence in Iraq is the latest geopolitical crisis to affect a market already weighing the impact of possible new sanctions on Iran.
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Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:16
Government troops seize a crucial city and oil fields from separatists who have been pressing for an independent state in northern Iraq.
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Democracy Is Possible in Syria. My Friend Knew How.

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:59
Mehmet Aksoy died helping to build a free society in a region that sorely needs one. Now I’m sharing his final call to action.
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Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:36
American officials call for calm as Iraqis move in and Kurds vow to defend the city and oil fields at the center of their bid for independence.
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Jitters in Kirkuk Over Iraqi Troop Movements

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:46
Iraq’s prime minister says reports of Iraqi troops massing for an attack on Kurdish forces in Kirkuk were “fake news.”
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After 6,000 Years of Human Habitation, One Family and Lots of Mice

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:45
The Erbil citadel, in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region, is one of the oldest continuously occupied human settlements on earth.
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ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:02
More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Many claim to have been only cooks or clerks.
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Jalal Talabani’s Enduring Struggle

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:11
This fierce Kurdish nationalist was the first democratically elected president of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
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