Hezbollah fighters stand near military tanks in Western Qalamoun, Syria
Analysis: Can the Islamic State be defeated?

The Syrian regime army will soon push into the village of Tafas and find itself face-to-face with ISIS fighters.

A KURDISH Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag.
Turkey demands US expel Kurds from anti-ISIS force

Ties between Turkey and the United States have been strained to the breaking point by Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.
ISIS threatens Iran from 'Tora Bora' borderlands

"Today (ISIS) does not control a country... in order to assert that they exist, they may carry out an attack any day."

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media
Kurdish-Iranian groups support protests for democracy in Iran

Kurds complain of ethnic, political and economic oppression.

Jim Mattis
Five reasons US comments on staying in Syria matter

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says US is shifting to stabilizing eastern Syria, which will mean more diplomats and contractors.

PESHMERGA FORCES ride on military vehicles in the town of Bashiqa
The enemies of Kurdistan are the enemies of the US

If the West has any moral integrity and, for that matter, sense of self-preservation, it will throw its full weight behind the Iraqi Kurds.

Iraq launches new offensives against Kurds

The battles come after a momentous ten days in Iraq that saw Iraqi Security Forces take over large swaths of territory as Peshmerga withdrew from Kirkuk and Sinjar.

Two photos of mass grave sites near Sinjar in 2015 of Yazidis who were mass murdered by ISIS.
Baghdad-Kurdistan dispute shifts control over Yazidi genocide sites

Iraq has deployed its military to assert control over Mount Sinjar, the site of 40 mass graves from ISIS's genocide of the Yazidis who lived there.

Kurdish Peshmarga forces are seen near Altun Kupri, between Kirkuk and Erbil
Iraq paramilitaries battle Kurds in push towards Turkish border oil hub

Baghdad responded to the Kurdish independence referendum by seizing back the city of Kirkuk, the oil-producing areas around it, and other territory that the Kurds had captured from the Islamic State.

Volunteers and Peshmerga forces carry their weapons north of Kirkuk, Iraq October 16, 2017.
Surrender to the victor, not the spectators

Something unexpected given the Kurdish position during the Iraq war, where Kurdistan became a heaven for American soldiers.

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