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ISIS Threat: It’s Time to Fully Back the Kurds


The only effective fighting force opposing ISIS on the ground today are the Kurdish Peshmerga. These warriors—legendary since the days of the Ottoman Empire—have fought valiantly even when the larger, U.S.-trained Iraqi army abandoned the field, leaving their sophisticated U.S.-made weapons to the enemy. The Kurds have liberated cities, defended …

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ISIS, Boko Haram and Batman

Thomas Friedman

WHAT’S the right strategy for dealing with a world increasingly divided between zones of order and disorder? For starters, you’d better understand the forces of disorder, like Boko Haram or the Islamic State. These are gangs of young men who are telling us in every way possible that our rules no longer …

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The Kurdish Kingmakers

James Denselow

Unless Abbadi’s government resolves longstanding issues with the Kurds, Obama’s ISIL strategy may die an early death. There is a temptation when viewing the Middle East to be so preoccupied catching up with the latest crisis that the older ones are neglected. Take the long-standing issue of Kurdish nationalism in …

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Welcome, Kurdistan

daniel pipes

Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past. In 1991, after the Kuwait War had ended and as Saddam Hussein attackedIraq’s 6 million Kurds, I made three arguments against American intervention on their behalf, arguments still commonly heard today: …

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