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  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is urgently needed as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Life Under IS in Mosul

    08/26/2014 8:26:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 26.08.2014 | Diyar Aziz
    A destroyed building in Mosul in Northern Iraq News / World Life Under IS in Mosul 26.08.2014 Diyar Aziz BasNews, Erbil A Mosul citizen has told BasNews about life in Mosul under control of the Islamic State (IS) militants. The citizen, 23-years-old, wanted to remain anonymous for reasons of safety. He talked about public services in Mosul, There are no services left in the city, especially now that the federal government of Iraq has cut electricity to the city. Oil and gas are both hard to come by and have become very expensive in the bazaar. The quality is...
  • Iraqi Air Force, Kurds Advance on ISIL Terrorists

    08/25/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Fars News ^ | Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:38
    World Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:38 Iraqi Air Force, Kurds Advance on ISIL Terrorists TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi fighter jets retook three villages from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists Northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said. ISIL terrorists overran large chunks of Iraq in a lightning June offensive that swept security forces aside, Al-Alam reported.But Iraqi federal forces and the autonomous Kurdish region's Peshmerga fighters are now fighting to regain ground from the terrorists on multiple fronts.On Monday, Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi army's air...
  • Iran Sends Tanks Into Iraq to Fight Islamists (US M-60s)

    08/25/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 22, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    As American jets flew top cover, in mid-August Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Iraqi special forces troops recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. Meanwhile Iraqi Golden Brigade commandos liberated parts of Tikrit from the Islamists. But the militants counterattackedand that drew Iran into the fighting. In a move that could have far-reaching consequences, Tehran has sent tanks into northern Iraq.
  • Radical Islamist action rekindles possibility of Kurdish independence

    08/24/2014 4:52:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | Sunday, August 24, 2014 | E. Randall Floyd
    Kurdistans long-smoldering dream of a free and independent homeland might soon become a reality, thanks in part to a weakened Iraq brought on by the stunning success of a radical Islamic army known as ISIS. Kurdish forces took over parts of the largest dam in Iraq less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. and Iraqi planes aided their advance. For decades, the people of this semi-autonomous region bordering the wild and rugged Zagros Mountains have sought to create their own independent state, linking portions of northern Iraq,...
  • Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution (wear religious symbols)

    08/22/2014 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Blanca Ruiz
    A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their...
  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part II)

    08/22/2014 2:58:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | August 22, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    By 207 B.C., Rome and its allies on the Italian peninsula had lost approximately 100,000 soldiers to the invading armies of the great Carthaginian general, Hannibal. To make matters more desperate, the Carthaginians were in the final stages of securing massive reinforcements from Phillip V of Macedon. That year the Roman Senate sent a secret group of provocateurs to Northern Greece who started violent insurrections among Phillip’s disaffected subject peoples to his south. The Macedonian armies never sailed and for next 600 years the course of western civilization would be charted by Rome.Special Forces Will Again Change the WorldAs I...
  • Obama Leading from Behind in the War Against Islamic State Terrorism

    08/22/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There can be only one response to the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State terrorists. We must hunt them down and kill them. President Obama said as much in his brief remarks in the wake of the terrorists' grisly video that showed Foley's execution by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent and is believed to be a British citizen. The United States will "do what we must to protect our people," Obama said Wednesday. "We will be vigilant and we will be relentless" in bringing them to justice. No sooner had...
  • Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

    08/22/2014 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/08/2014 - 08:08 | ( with Reuters)
    Iraqi Kurds have welcomed the German governments expressed willingness to supply weapons in the fight against violent Islamists. Speaking on Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday (21 August), Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Rodsch Schawais said arms assistance should come as quickly as possible. The Kurdish leader addressed fears that German weapons could end up in the wrong hands or later be used in a possible conflict for an independent Kurdistan. This question is not relevant right now, he said. At the moment it is important to stop the advance of the extremist Islamic State (IS), Schawais explained. [] But the governments...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were shocked by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • BOOM: Kurds Send All-Female Soldiers To Fight ISIS, The Reason Why is Hilarious

    08/20/2014 11:03:36 AM PDT · by blueyon · 49 replies
    Clash Daily with Doug Giles ^ | 8/20/14 | Clash Daily???
    Kurdish women are bad-ass. Youll never guess why theyre the ones on the frontlines against ISIS. Check this out The Kurds have adopted a rather unique strategy for not only eliminating their targets, but also humiliating them along the way. According to WZ, Kurds are deploying whole units comprised of female fighters to the front line, which has boosted their recruitment numbers, and given them a psychological edge over ISIS. One female fighter explained why the Kurds have decided to put women in the thick of the battle, and its sure to make radical Islamists go crazy. The jihadists dont...
  • The Kurds: Americas Greatest Ally in the Middle East

    08/20/2014 9:34:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    IVN ^ | 08/19/2014 | Joshua Alvarez
    For all the misgivings Americans may have about the Iraq War its rationale, its execution, and its aftermath there is at least one thing of which to be proud: our support of a free, autonomous, and democratic Kurdistan. The story of the Kurds and their steadfast support of an Iraq free from fascism of either the Baathist or Islamist type is one worth telling and retelling. Its one of uncommon moral clarity. The Kurds are not a monolithic people; there are very real cultural and political differences between Kurds in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Nonetheless, they share...
  • Crack unit of female soldiers hunting Islamic State kidnappers

    08/19/2014 8:54:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Irish Mirror ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Jeremy Armstrong
    Crack unit of female soldiers hunting Islamic State kidnappers Aug 19, 2014 11:10 By Jeremy Armstrong Heavily armed women from the Turkish PKK have gone into into Iraq to tackle the jihadists A-Team: An elite unit of female soldiers is on the hunt for ISIS fighters A crack unit of female soldiers is on the trail of Islamic State killers who have captured 3,000 innocent women in Iraq.Thousands of non-Muslim women and girls have been kidnapped by Islamic State thugs on the rampage in the country over the past two weeks.They face the terrifying prospect of being forced into...
  • Obama says Iraqi, Kurdish forces have recaptured Mosul Dam with US air support

    08/19/2014 5:54:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/19/2014
    President Obama announced Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have recaptured the vital Mosul Dam -- calling it a "major step forward" in the fight against Islamic State militants who seized the dam earlier this month. "If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic," Obama said, speaking from the White House briefing room. The joint military campaign lasted for hours, as U.S. airstrikes pounded Islamic militant positions while Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battled on the ground to retake the infrastructure. Obama, who spoke during a brief pause in D.C. from...
  • The Rest of Iraq asks: wheres the U.S.?

    08/18/2014 1:44:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 08/18/2014 | BY ADAM ASHTON
    BAGHDAD As U.S. warplanes tilt the battlefield against Islamic militants in Kurdish-controlled territories, Iraqis in the rest of the country are growing resentful that the U.S. so far is not intervening more forcefully to protect Arabs who have been fighting extremists for months. They see the U.S. wading in to protect a favored ally in Iraqs Kurdish Regional Government, but leaving the rest of Iraq to fend for itself since militants in the Islamic State displaced hundreds of thousands of Shiite Arabs when they seized the city of Mosul in June. From the beginning, the Iraqi government has asked...
  • Video: Iraqi, Kurdish forces retake Mosul Dam? {Land mines slowing down progress]

    08/18/2014 12:08:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Both Iraq and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have claimed a rare victory over ISIS this morning, the first in many months of setbacks and collapses. According to both, the Iraqi flag flies once more over the Mosul Dam, a critical piece of infrastructure and a potential time bomb that could kill as many as 500,000 Iraqis if destroyed: Iraqi state television reported Monday that Iraqi national and Kurdish “peshmerga” forces had retaken the key Mosul dam from Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the fighting didn’t appear to be over.If confirmed, reclamation of the...
  • Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

    08/17/2014 10:16:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Agence France Presse via The Daily Star ^ | Last updated: August 17, 2014 | 07:44 PM
    AL-QOSH, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said. A peshmerga officer and two political party officials told AFP that Kurdish forces had retaken Mosul Dam...
  • Kurdish Forces Capture Telsqof, Advance Towards Mosul Dam

    08/17/2014 1:49:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2 hours ago
    Kurdish Forces Capture Telsqof, Advance Towards Mosul Dam By RUDAW 2 hours ago “The assault will continue until we retake Zumar and Shingal as well,” ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Supported by US fighter jets Kurdish Peshmerga forces took the town of Telsqof early Sunday morning and they are making rapid advance towards the Mosul dam, said a Kurdish commander. “With the help of American fighter jets the Peshmerga launched a wide-ranging attack this morning, we have taken Telsqof and Risala villages and we are moving towards the Mosul dam,” a Peshmerga commander in the area told Rudaw. The commander said that...
  • Kurds Prepare for Talks with Baghdad on New Government

    08/17/2014 1:35:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 5 hours ago
    Kurds Prepare for Talks with Baghdad on New Government By RUDAW 5 hours ago After months of political turmoil in Iraq and the withdrawal of Kurdish ministers from Baghdad, the Kurds are now gearing up to join Iraq’s new cabinet under Abadi. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish political leaders agreed on Saturday to resume negotiations on their participation in the Iraqi government through small, but organized delegations. In a multi-party meeting the leaders of Kurdistan Region’s five major political groups drew a plan for dealing with their Iraqi Shiite and Sunni counterparts on the formation of the new government. “Our meeting...
  • Russia and Iran attack ISIS Jihadists

    08/16/2014 9:09:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2014 | Dr. Michael Evans
    President Barack Obama has announced that the United States launched air strikes on the terrorist organization ISIS to assist Kurdistan. It is likely you have not seen a headline that says, US Strikes help Kurds retake towns. That is because it never happened. The air support came from Russian and Iranian planes. The only problem is thats not entirely true. My contacts in Kurdistan are now saying that many of these attacks are being launched by the Iraqi air force. The only problem is that the US government has not sold airplanes to Iraq, but Russia has armed them with...
  • U.S.-backed Kurds battle to retake Iraqs largest dam [seize control of eastern side of dam]

    08/16/2014 9:40:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Saturday, 16 August 2014
    By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Saturday, 16 August 2014 Kurdish troops backed by U.S. warplanes launched a bid Saturday to recapture Mosul dam, Iraq’s largest, from militants, a senior Kurdish military official said. “Kurdish peshmerga, with U.S. air support, have seized control of the eastern side of the dam” complex, Major General Abdelrahman Korini told AFP. “We killed several members of Daash. We are still advancing and in the coming hours should announce welcome news,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. Witnesses said the air strikes...
  • Create a New Kurdistan and Destabilize Iran (Part I)

    08/15/2014 4:05:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 15, 2014 | Larry Kelley
    In 627, Mohammads earliest biographer, Ibn Ishaq, records that his army held off a twenty-five day siege by Meccas ruling tribe, the Quraysh, at his redoubt near Medina. When the prophet learned that the Meccan army included some of the citys Jews, he ordered the attack of a nearby largely defenseless Jewish settlement and tribe, the Banu Qurayza. While the prophet was overseeing the decapitations, He caught a glimpse of Rihanna, a beautiful Jewish woman, whose husband and father were beheaded before her eyes just hours earlier. Muhammad asked her to become his wife. She refused. So he took her...
  • U.N. Security Council blacklists ISIS [EU Vote Unanimous For Arming Kurds]

    08/15/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya (With AFP and Reuters) ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, Reuters reported. ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions regime. EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming...
  • "Mr. President, About That Fellow On The Balcony In Mosul..."

    08/15/2014 4:22:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | August 14, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    First Appearance of ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi (English Subtitles) So overnight the crisis on Mount Sinjar is, well, over. The president's vacation may now continue uninterrupted by videos on CNN of kids being tossed into helicopters that land briefly, are overwhelmed by a mob, and fly away with a cohort of sobbing women and children. The world's media has been dismissed by U.S. officials speaking on background to the New York Times. No more fall of Saigon analogies please! The Times' references to "the secret team of Marines and Special Operations forces [that] were already on Mount Sinjar,...
  • Islamic State Militants Mass North of Baghdad

    08/14/2014 11:09:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 55 replies
    Reuters via Newsweek ^ | 8/14/14 at 5:02 PM
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are massing near the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa, 122 km (73 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said, in an apparent bid to broaden their front with Kurdish peshmerga fighters. The Sunni militants have made a dramatic push through the north to a position near Arbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. The movement around Qara Tappa suggests they are getting more confident and seeking to grab more territory closer to the capital after stalling in that region. "The Islamic State is massing its militants near Qara Tappa," said...
  • Kurds mobilise to fight Islamic State

    08/14/2014 11:30:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Green Left Weekly ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2014 | Dave Holmes
    Kurds mobilise to fight Islamic State Thursday, August 14, 2014 By Dave Holmes Kurdish YPG fighters in Rojava. The Kurdish people are facing an unprecedented challenge. Across a vast swathe of northern Syria and Iraq, the regions Kurds are locked in a desperate and heroic struggle with the genocidal forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Fighting is raging across a huge front hundreds of kilometres wide, from Aleppo and Kobane in Syria to Mosul and Kirkuk in Iraq and all points in between. Flush with money seized from banks in Mosul and armed with US-supplied heavy weapons abandoned...
  • Intent to Support the Kurds Against ISIS

    08/14/2014 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 17 replies
    Max Velocity Tactical web site ^ | 8/13/2014 | Max Velocity
    Intent to Support the Kurds Against ISIS Posted by Max Velocity in Uncategorized on August 13, 201431 Comments For wide distribution: To follow up on my previous posts on this subject, and the evolving thread on the MVT Forum, I will state the intent here: Max Velocity Tactical, under the DBA Victrix, is seeking a security / military assistance contract with either: 1) Kurdish Organizations or 2) Aid / Relief Organizations in Kurdistan / Northern Iraq. To provide security / military training /military assistance in Kurdistan / Northern Iraq. In order to assist in the defeat of ISIS forces, and...
  • Middle East Has Become Obamas Ground Hog Day

    08/13/2014 1:17:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 13, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Thats my boy! cheered one photo posted to Twitter this week by Australian Khaled Sharrouf -- a terrorist currently fighting in Syria for the ISIS terror group. The photo featured his young son -- holding in two clutched hands the severed head of a Syrian soldier. Such are the macabre and deteriorating conditions in a part of the world on the verge of having been pushed to the side once the war in Iraq fell off the front pages of Americas newspapers. Unfortunately, while Americas attentions, including those of President Obama, turned to internal political squabbling, the ObamaCare fiasco, and...
  • If Kurds Fall, Chaos in Iraq and Abroad to Follow

    08/13/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | August 12, 2014 | David Francis
    If Kurds Fall, Chaos in Iraq and Abroad to Follow REUTERS/Stringer a a Type Size: Small By David Francis, The Fiscal Times August 11, 2014 Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, the autonomous area of northern Iraq known as Kurdistan has stood as the lone bastion of stability throughout the entire country. Now, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has its sights firmly set on conquering the Kurds, a move that would send Iraq and much of the Middle East into chaos.The good news is that American airstrikes have helped the Kurds to...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014-- peshmerga

    08/13/2014 5:29:22 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 13, 2014-- peshmerga ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". peshmerga [peSHˈmərgə] (the “g” is hard, as in “give”)hear it pronounced noun A member of a Kurdish nationalist guerrilla organization. Origin: from Kurdish pêshmerge, from pêsh 'before' + merg 'death'. From Wikipedia: Peshmerga or Peshmerge (Kurdish pronunciation [pɛʃmærˈɡæ]; Kurdish: پێشمەرگە Pêşmerge}, literally "those who confront death") is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. The Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have...
  • This time, Iraq should be broken up

    08/12/2014 6:15:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/12/2014 | Andrew Lilico
    We must go back into Iraq. Then when we leave, we must not leave an Iraq. In the immediate aftermath of the 2003 invasion, there were two strategic errors. The first was when the Americans took down the US flag in Baghdad. In some American stores the sign says: "If you break it, you own it." We broke Iraq, but then we refused to own it we refused to raise our flag and say: "It's our responsibility now if your power doesn't work or someone tries to rob you." The second great error is the one that's really coming...
  • The Cowardice of the Left Gave Us the Islamic State

    08/12/2014 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | August 12, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    It must be exhausting for Barrack Obama. I sometimes feel worn down just reading about all the events going on in the world I cant even imagine how tiresome it must be, trying to avoid leadership on all those issues. Lucky for our Vacationer in Chief, hes found a way Apparently a healthy mix of golf and swimming is exactly what is needed to distract yourself from the chaos in the Middle East. And, to be fair, this genocidal chaos in Iraq is not completely the fault of a Nobel Laureate who plays the American President on TV. The...
  • UK troops must help the Kurds, says Iraq War hero Colonel Tim Collins

    08/12/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Steven Swinford, and Peter Foster
    One of Britains most respected commanders has compared the massacres in Iraq with genocides carried out by Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot, accusing the Government of failing in its moral obligation to intervene. Col Tim Collins, famed for his inspirational speech on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War, said that Britains politicians have left for lunch as he urged David Cameron to recall Parliament to debate the crisis. He told The Telegraph that ancient civilisations will be extinguished unless Britain joins air strikes and provides arms to Kurdish forces, and suggested that troops should be stationed in Iraq to...
  • Profile: Who are the Peshmerga?

    08/12/2014 11:35:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 August 2014 Last updated at 11:33 GMT
    The Peshmerga, whose name translates as "those who face death", are the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq. In recent weeks, they have been fighting Islamist militants of the Islamic State - formerly known as Isis - who seized large swathes of territory in the north. Now thought to number around 190,000, the Peshmerga have their roots in groups of loosely organised tribal border guards in the late 1800s, but were formally organised as the national fighting force of the Kurdish people after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the wake of World War One. As the Kurdish nationalist movement...
  • A sanctuary for Iraqi Yazidis and a plea for Obama's intervention

    08/12/2014 11:14:27 AM PDT · by No One Special · 31 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dominique Soguel
    The way Baba Sheikh sees it, there are only two options left to save Iraqis persecuted Yazidi minority from certain death at the hands of the self-declared Islamic State: Either evacuate Iraq en masse or have international peacekeepers carve out protected territory. The important thing is that our people are saved, says Baba Sheikh, the spiritual leader of the Yazidi ethno-religious minority, whose desperate plight helped galvanized the Obama administration into action last week. US air strikes, and Kurdish peshmerga forces, have partially broken a siege on Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidis had fled. The United Nations'...
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis (Obama plays thru..)

    08/12/2014 11:14:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/12/14 | DIAA HADID and BASSEM MROUE - ap
    MALIKIYA, Syria (AP) In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from the air, the Syrian Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them. ... For the past few days, fighters have been rescuing Yazidis from the mountain, transporting them into Syrian territory to give them first aid, food and water, and returning some to Iraq via a...
  • France Calls for Immediate Shipment of Arms to Kurds

    08/12/2014 10:55:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 12.08.2014
    Franch government calls of immediate arms to Kurds News / World France Calls for Immediate Shipment of Arms to Kurds 12.08.2014 BasNews, Erbil France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius again asked for an urgent meeting of European countries Foreign Ministers to discuss immediate arms shipments to the Kurdistan Region for use against Islamic State (IS) militants. It is necessary to help Kurds and Iraqis and give them help to fight IS insurgents. It needs to be impressed on them that IS insurgents wish to kill all those that dont have the same ideology, thinking and religion as them, said Fabius....
  • ISIS Works to Merge its Northern Front across Iraq and Syria (Analysis)

    08/12/2014 10:10:33 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Institute for the Study of War ^ | 8/8/2014 | Jennifer Cafarella
    ...Through a significant escalation against the Syrian regime and the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga beginning in mid-July, ISIS forces have made large advances in a campaign to consolidate internal control within the Caliphate. The Syrian regimes Regiment 121, Division 17, and Brigade 93 military bases have fallen to ISIS, and indicators have emerged of an upcoming ISIS attack against the Tabqa military airbase southwest of ar-Raqqa City. ISIS has also seized the Peshmerga stronghold at Sinjar in the west of Iraqs Ninewa Province, successfully consolidating its internal line of control across the Jazeera desert into Syria. The breath of these linked...
  • Iraq is an American War

    08/12/2014 9:17:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/12/14 | Alan Caruba
    Obama's disdain for our nation's military is rivaled only by his devotion to Islam Like many Americans I advocated ending our participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I was wrong. Being war-weary is no excuse for not realizing that we are in a very long war with the enemies of civilization and reluctant to being fully engaged in it. On Monday, President Obama had to take a break from his Marthas Vineyard vacation to make a short televised statement that, as far as hes concerned, this is Iraqs war and, though he did not mention him by name,...
  • Will Erdogan's Presidency End NATO As We Know It?

    08/11/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Allies: With all the disconcerting things going on in the Mideast, you could be forgiven for missing an event critically important to America's long-term interests: Recep Erdogan's election as president of Turkey. Erdogan's 52% victory over the weekend in a stage-managed election, making him the nation's first directly elected president, heralds a new era of conflict in the Mideast and perhaps the end of NATO as we know it. Turkey has for decades been a key ally to the U.S. and NATO in the Mideast, an anchor in the Cold War against the USSR and friendly toward Israel as the...
  • U.S. Must Aid Kurds And Iraqi Christians In Massive Way

    08/11/2014 5:09:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: Having ignored Iraqi pleas for air strikes in ISIL's infancy, when the terrorists could have been decimated, the administration ignores the Kurdish peshmerga plea for the same American weapons that ISIL has. Watching the modest airstrikes on ISIL forces, we are reminded of Secretary of State John Kerry's promise that any military action in Syria would be "unbelievably small." As it turned out, it was also nonexistent, and the carnage continues in the country where ISIL formed and trained under our watchful and indifferent eyes. The targeted airstrikes ordered by President Obama last week near the Kurdish...
  • Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

    08/11/2014 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 6:10 PM EDT | Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraqs president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west. The showdown came as the United States increased its role in fighting back Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group that is threatening the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. Senior American officials said U.S. intelligence agencies are directly arming the Kurds who are battling the militants in what would be a shift in Washingtons policy of only working through the central government in...
  • US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination [US Advisers Working With Peshmerga In Battles]

    08/11/2014 9:49:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 10.08.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Smokes rise from US shelling near Khazir in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination 10.08.2014 Hawar Abdulrazaq BasNews, Erbil The Kurdistan Regions Peshmerga Ministry has said that from now on they will have a daily press conference to inform the Kurdistan public of new developments to prevent the circulation of propaganda and false information. Halgord Hikmat, the spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry told BasNews from Erbil, that the recent US airstrikes in the Makhmur and Mosul regions against Islamic State (IS) Militants had inflcited huge loses on the extremist group. ...
  • Mosul MPs: Peshmerga Will Liberate The City Soon

    08/11/2014 9:07:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    BasNews, Baghdad ^ | 10.08.2014
    Peshmerga forces fighting IS Militants near Mosul News / Kurdistan Mosul MPs: Peshmerga Will Liberate The City Soon 10.08.2014 BasNews, Baghdad Representatives of Mosul in the Iraqi Parliament have declared that with Peshmerga assistance, their city will be freed soon from Islamic State (IS) Militants. In a press conference in Baghdad, Iraqi MPs from Mosul in Northern Iraq, talked about the current crisis and the clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and IS Insurgents. The also criticized the Iraqi central government for remaining silent on the situation of their city and not providing assistance to the...
  • US and European Countries to Arm Kurds

    08/11/2014 8:56:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 11.08.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    Calls to arm Peshmerga forces from western officials News / Kurdistan US and European Countries to Arm Kurds 11.08.2014 Nuwar FaqieBasNews, Erbil United States and European countries are thinking about directly arming Iraqi Kurds to fight extremist group Islamic State (IS). According to Associated Press, a senior official from the Obama administration has revealed that Washington has started arming Kurds. This comes after the France foreign minister Laurent Fabius stated that soon France and other European countries would discuss the possibility of giving heavy weapons to Iraq, especially Kurdish Peshmerga Forces. In an interview...
  • US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

    08/11/2014 2:26:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 8/11/2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR and MATTHEW LEE
    The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday. Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, but the Kurdish peshmerga fighters had been losing ground to Islamic State militants in recent weeks. The officials wouldn't say which U.S. agency is providing the arms or what weapons are being sent, but one official said it isn't the Pentagon. The CIA has historically done similar quiet arming operations. The move to directly aid the Kurds...
  • France looking at supplying Iraqi Kurds with arms: FM

    08/10/2014 6:51:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Paris (AFP) - France, in consultation with its EU partners, is looking at supplying arms to Iraq's Kurds to fight against Islamic State jihadists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday. "One way or another, they must receive, in a sure way, equipment that will allow them to defend themselves and to counterattack," Fabius told France 2 television from Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. "We will look into that over the coming days but in liaison with the Europeans," he said from the city, which is not far from the IS frontline. France and Britain...
  • Iraqi Kurds retake 2 towns from militants, helped by U.S. airstrikes

    08/10/2014 6:49:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/10/2014 | AZAD LASHKARI
    Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday a senior Kurdish military official said. The seizure of the towns was one of their first victories after weeks of retreating from the growing militant threat in Iraq. The Kurds were helped by a fourth round of American airstrikes near Erbil intended to push armored vehicles used by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS, also known as ISIL) CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reported. The Kurdish peshmerga soldiers are the only ones still fighting ISIS on the ground and were able to push them out of the villages...
  • Iraq crisis: Kurds plead for weapons to counter Islamic State fighters as critics attack (Obama)

    08/10/2014 4:28:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/11/14
    The leader of the Kurds in Iraq has pleaded for arms shipments to fend off onslaught from extremist Islamic State (IS) militia, who are accused of burying women and children alive. United States officials have warned IS is a direct threat to the US, and other western nations, and is more powerful now than Al Qaeda was when it struck the US on September 11, 2001. The US forces have continued airstrikes against IS targets in northern Iraq as political friends and foes criticise president Barack Obama's decision to limit American action in the country.
  • Watch: Kurdish Activists Stand with Israel Against Hamas

    08/10/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-10-14 | Ari Soffer
    Kurdish and pro-Israel activists found common ground at a rally in front of the White House on Saturday, as a group of Kurdish activists joined pro-Israel demonstrators in solidarity with the Jewish state's struggle against Hamas. Both Israelis and Kurds have been fighting for survival against fanatical Islamist foes in recent months...