3:31 PM, Aug 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Kurds need heavy weapons in their fight (also our fight) against ISIS. And as Mitch Swenson of War is Boring reports:
Historically isolated from arms suppliers and outgunned by Islamic State militants, resourceful Kurdish security forces have built their own makeshift armored vehicles—all in a desperate bid to beef up their own fighting strength.
The improvised tanks in the photographs look comic. Obscenely so. They also make a strong point about the seriousness—indeed, the desperation—of the Kurds’ situation.
As Swenson notes:
On Aug. 14, the U.S., France and the U.K. pledged to supply Kurdish forces with modern weapons to aid in their fight against Islamic State. The new hardware could kill the demand for DIY tanks.
Can’t happen soon enough.
10:03 AM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Can the United States maintain a "limited" military force in Iraq to stop the Islamist militants targeting ethnic minorities in that country? At Politico, Philip Ewing notes how difficult that strategy may be for President Barack Obama:
8:46 AM, Aug 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss was on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday to discuss Iraq, the Tea Party, and the midterm elections. Watch the videos below:
10:23 AM, Jul 16, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
On Friday, July 11, as reported at the Kurdish English-language news portal Rudaw [Events], combat fighters representing the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, known as Peshmerga, occupied oil fields in Hassan and Makhmour, near the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk that the KRG occupied in mid-June. Rudaw asserted the KRG’s claim to the oil fields based on investment in and construction of the facilities by the regional authority. But the Kurdish source also argued it was necessary to protect the assets from the Baghdad government of prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, which has challenged the right of the Kurds to extract and sell their oil for their own benefit.
The Kurds love America. It’s time to reciprocate. Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By DAVID DEVOSS
They came from the west through the Syrian Desert, across the Euphrates River, and down off the Nineveh Plain. Mosul, Baiji, Tikrit, Samarra—cities held by the U.S. military just two and a half years before—fell almost without a fight, absorbed into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a prospective terrorist caliphate based on sharia law and governed by Salafist militants who make even al Qaeda shudder.
In northern Syria, the Kurds try to carve out a territory and fend off the jihadists May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By JONATHAN SPYER
Kobani, Syrian Kurdish Region
With Syrian presidential elections scheduled for June, the incumbent and shoo-in for reelection, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is campaigning on the promise that 2014 will be the year in which military operations in Syria end. However, the situation in northern Syria, exemplified by the conflict in the canton of Kobani, an area stretching from the Turkish border to south of Kobani city, and from Tell Abyad in the east to Jarabulus in the west, casts doubt on Assad’s optimism.
Thanks, Mookie!1:38 PM, May 12, 2011 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
Once again, Muqtada al Sadr may help the United States snatch success from the jaws of defeat in Iraq.
A visitor to Turkey discovers the truth beneath the stories. May 3, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 31 • By JAY WINTER
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