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  • Iran-Backed Forces Persecuting Christians Who Survived ISIS, Kurdish Parliamentarian Says

    11/21/2017 8:02:52 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | by Ben Cohen
    Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in “flagrant injustice” toward Christians in the region which until earlier this year was in the grip of ISIS terrorists. Wahida Yaqo Hormuz — a Christian representative in the parliament of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) — said she had alerted the Vatican and international human rights groups to what she called the “Shia-ification” of the Nineveh Plains, where the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is located. Conquered by ISIS in 2014, Iraqi government forces retook the city in July. snip On Monday,...
  • Gang fight! Latinos vs Kurds in Nashville High School Fight, 14 Arrested

    11/21/2017 11:30:02 AM PST · by BusterDog · 38 replies
    14 juvenile students ‘physically arrested’ & 2 adult students cited after large brawl at Overton High School in Nashville; Fight was between students of Latino & Kurdish descent - Police
  • Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Fighting Jews Forbidden, Hamas a Terror group

    11/19/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by smileyface · 56 replies
    United with Israel ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | United with Israel Staff
    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.” The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.
  • America's Indispensable Friends

    11/16/2017 4:42:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 16, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications and travel. Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya that were not able to translate superiority on the battlefield into lasting peace. But amid the frustrations of American foreign policy, it is forgotten that the United States also plays a critical but more silent role in ensuring the survival of small, at-risk nations. The majority of them are democratic and pro-Western. But they all share the misfortune of living in dangerous neighborhoods full of...
  • Ziyad Sabsabi: Russia insists on Kurds’ participation in meetings of Syrian crisis

    11/13/2017 8:37:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANHA Harwar News Agency ^ | (11-13-17) 13.11.2017 14:24 | H H
    QAMISHLO– The deputy of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Russian Senate Ziyad Sabsabi said that Russia will abide by neutrality in the fighting between the regime Force and the Syrian Democratic Forces, indicating that Russia insists permanently on the Kurds participation in conferences and meetings related to the Syrian crisis.The General Command of the People’s Protection Units held a press conference yesterday, in which a number of IS mercenary families were handed over to the Russian Federation during a joint press conference between the People’s Protection Units and Russian military leadership.The families, which were handed over by the...
  • The Battle for Kurdistan

    11/07/2017 7:33:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 7, 2017 | Wes Martin
    Einstein was right, “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” The United States pulled up stakes in Vietnam and left a very good ally, the Montagnards (or Mountain People), to suffer their own fate. History is again repeating itself with the Kurds in Iraq. For the Kurds, this is the second time around. The United States backed out on them following the First Gulf War in 1991. Yet, after having endured all Saddam’s subsequent butchery, they still supported America in...
  • Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga agree on ceasefire, Kurdistan says

    10/27/2017 10:19:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/2017 | Maher Chmaytelli
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reached an agreement on Friday to stop fighting in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said, although the status of any ceasefire remained unclear. A spokesman in Baghdad for the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State earlier said the deal covered all fronts in the conflict, which broke out after Kurdish authorities held an independence referendum last month in areas of northern Iraq. However, he later told Reuters that the truce had not been officially agreed, while an Iraqi military spokesman declined to comment. According to the KRG, which is based...
  • The fall of Kirkuk and U.S. Kurdish allies

    10/19/2017 1:54:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 16 replies
    The Washington Times (which is 35 years old today.) ^ | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Ernie Audino - -
    Well, we’ve done it. We’ve given Kirkuk to the Iranians. Kirkuk. The Heart of Kurdistan. It’s the Jerusalem of the Kurds, our only trusted and loyal allies in Iraq. It’s also the last piece of terrain needed by Tehran to complete its overland, unimpeded access to the shores of the Mediterranean and to its Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. And it’s precisely where President Trump’s new hard line on Iran, barely 72 hours old, was put to the test and failed. Actually, it didn’t fail. Our State Department failed it. Rather than act to dissuade or disrupt this past weekend’s bold...
  • Trump’s 1948 moment: Time to act decisively and support Kurdistan

    10/17/2017 11:04:32 AM PDT · by TBP · 46 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | September 26, 2017 | Jordan Schachtel
    If President Trump continues to remain silent on the Kurdistan referendum, he risks botching the most consequential moment for American national interests in the Middle East this century. Should the Kurds of northern Iraq succeed in their independence ambitions, it would create the possibility for the rise of the first secular, liberal nation in the Middle East since Israel’s 1948 declaration of statehood. Now is the time for President Trump to act decisively and back this movement before it’s too late and a momentous opportunity falls by the wayside. This weekend, the Kurdish people started voting on whether to secede...
  • Iraqi forces demand Kurdish troops’ withdrawal from Kirkuk area

    10/13/2017 5:12:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2017
    Kurdish peshmerga soldiers rallied to protect Kirkuk on Thursday night, as Interior Ministry troops and Shiite militias mobilized nearby. Volunteer and retired fighters bolstered the lines. Several positions were taken over by Iraqi forces, however, with Kurdish officers saying they received orders to withdraw. The Kirkuk area, with about 10 percent of Iraq’s oil reserves, has long been contested by the central government in Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in Irbil, but the province has become even more of a flash point since the Kurdistan region voted in favor of independence in a referendum last month. ... Kurdistan sees Kirkuk — ethnically...
  • Iraq’s central bank eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan

    10/08/2017 9:29:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    ekurd ^ | October 4, 2017 | Editorial Staff
    Iraq’s central bank eased financial restrictions imposed on Kurdistan over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks. The Iraqi central bank had informed the Kurdistan Government it would stop selling dollars to the four Kurdish banks, and would halt all foreign currency transfers.
  • Kurdistan bids farewell to Great Uncle Jalal Talabani

    10/06/2017 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Rudaw ^ | October 6, 2017 2:30AM CDT | Rudaw
    People in Sulaimani pay tribute to the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Photo: Rudaw/Sartip Othman SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The people of Kurdistan and Iraq are preparing to say farewell to Jalal Talabani, the first elected non-Arab president of Iraq who oversaw the immediate aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Talabani died in Germany on Tuesday. His body left Berlin Friday morning, flying directly to the Kurdish city of Sulaimani, arriving just before midday.  His wife Hero Ibrahim Ahmad and two sons Qubad and Bafel accompanied Talabani’s body.  Talabani’s coffin, draped with the Kurdistan flag, was...
  • Iran supports Iraq, prepares to receive Iraqi forces

    09/30/2017 2:21:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/9/17
    Iranian military spokesman Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri on Saturday told state television that the Iranian military would be holding joint war games with Iraq. The two countries also "agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts," he added. Joint war games will be held along their common border. Following Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to become independent on Monday, Iran closed borders to the area and banned transportation of refined oil products to and from Kurdistan. Iraq insisted the Kurds transfer control of both airports and borders to the Iraqi central...
  • Tillerson says Kurdish independence referendum is illegitimate

    09/30/2017 6:14:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept 29, 2017 | Mustafa Salim, Karen DeYoung and Tamer El-Ghobashy
    BAGHDAD — The United States on Friday declared illegitimate Monday’s Kurdish referendum on independence, as the Iraqi government imposed a ban on international flights to airports operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi troops prepared to seize the semiautonomous region’s border controls. “The United States does not recognize the . . . unilateral referendum,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Washington’s first substantive statement on the vote, in which nearly 93 percent of voters in the Kurdistan region approved declaring an autonomous state in northern Iraq. “The vote and the results lack legitimacy,” Tillerson said, “and we continue to support...
  • More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence

    09/27/2017 1:37:32 PM PDT · by Enchante · 31 replies
    Guardian ^ | September 27, 2017 | Martin Chulov
    More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked increasing threats of air and land blockades that could be imposed as early as Friday. The result came after Iraq’s parliament authorised the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to send troops into areas disputed between Arabs and Kurds that were contentiously included in the ballot. Euphoria on the streets of Erbil in recent days has been met with sharply increasing tension in the region, which is likely to escalate in the wake...
  • Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

    09/25/2017 8:03:08 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 Sep 2017 | BBC
    Large numbers of people have taken part in a landmark vote on independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region, amid growing opposition both at home and abroad. Votes are still being counted, with a big "yes" victory expected. Kurds say it will give them a mandate to negotiate secession, but Iraq's PM denounced it as "unconstitutional". Neighbours Turkey and Iran, fearing separatist unrest in their own Kurdish minorities, threatened to close borders and impose sanctions on oil exports. The referendum passed off peacefully across the three provinces that make up the region, and turnout was estimated at about 72%, according to the...
  • Reality Winner to remain in jail; judge concerned about threat to White House

    06/10/2017 1:57:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 9, 2017 | By Johnny Clark and Russ Bynum, The Associated Press
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a young woman charged with leaking classified U.S. documents to remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued she might possess more stolen government secrets. Prosecutors also said Thursday that 25-year-old Reality Winner might try to flee the U.S. if released on bond. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari told the judge Winner had written in a notebook: “I want to burn the White House Down … find somewhere in Kurdistan to live. Ha-ha!” Wearing an orange jumpsuit and leg shackles, Winner pleaded not guilty in U.S. district court to charges that she...
  • Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

    09/20/2017 12:15:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/9/17
    The Turkish Anadolu news agency reports that Racep Erdogan is considering levying sanctions on the Kurdish population over their upcoming referendum for independence. "As the national security council, we will advise the government on our decision. With it, the cabinet will meet and discuss this. It will both evaluate this and put forth their own stance on what kind of sanctions we can impose, or if we will, but these will not be ordinary," ...
  • Netanyahu: Israel Supports the Establishment of an Independent Kurdistan

    09/12/2017 10:05:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep 13, 2017 12:47 AM | Barak Ravid
    Netanyahu says that while Israel sees the Kurdish guerillas PKK as a terrorist organization, 'it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Tuesday that Israel supports the establishment of an independent Kurdish state. A few days ago Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said during a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya that "Israel and countries of the West have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan. I think that the time has come for the U.S. to support the process."
  • 4 Reasons America & Trump should support Kurdish independence

    08/30/2017 5:37:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Aug 29, 2017 | Jordan Schachte
    The Kurdish Regional Government is only weeks away from holding a referendum on whether to declare sovereignty for the Kurdish people in northern Iraq. Here’s why supporting the potential referendum on Sept. 25 should be a no-brainer for the Trump administration — and everyone else who supports the advancement of American interests abroad. 1. They are our partners in the war against global jihad snip... What’s stopping them? The referendum for independence is scheduled for Sept. 25, but it’s still unclear whether the Kurdistan Regional Government will indeed go forward with the vote, after years of setbacks and delays. Pentagon...