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Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Iraq Launches Offensive To Recapture Mosul From ‘Islamic State’

As the assault got underway, a Reuters correspondent saw helicopters overhead releasing flares and heard explosions on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages.

October 17, 2016
Syrian refugees wait on a roadside after Turkish police prevented them from sailing off to the Greek island of Farmakonisi by dinghies, near a beach in the western Turkish coastal town of Didim, Turkey, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey Official Denies Syrian Refugee Expulsions

Groups of about 100 Syrian men, women, and children have been deported to Syria daily since mid-January, UK-based Amnesty International said in a report.

April 1, 2016
A man gestures over the coffin of a car bombing victim during a commemoration ceremony in a mosque in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish Warplanes Strike Northern Iraq After Ankara Bombing Blamed On Kurdish Militants

Turkey’s government sees the unrest in its southeast as closely tied to the war in Syria, where a Kurdish militia has seized territory along the Turkish border as it battles Islamic State militants and rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

March 14, 2016

Kurdish Fighters In Iraq Make Headway In Battle Against Islamic State

Peshmerga forces are winning major victories in the fight against IS militants.

December 19, 2014

Iraq, Kurds Agree On Oil Deal, Uniting To Fight Islamic State

Learn more about the “important breakthrough” in Iraq.

December 3, 2014

Iraq Kurd Fighters Leave Base For Syria Deployment

Military trucks were spotted departing from the base northeast of Kurdish regional capital Arbil, presumably headed toward the Syrian battleground Kobane.

October 28, 2014
Kurdish Women Fighters Battling ISIS in Kobani

Feminist Fighters: Kurdish Women Battling ISIS In Kobani

Courageous Kurdish women, answering the Islamic State’s abuse of their gender with force.

October 20, 2014

U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes Near Syrian City Of Kobani, But Is Not Working With Militia

The U.S.-led coalition is focusing on pounding Islamic State strongholds with air strikes in a Syrian border city to prevent it from falling to the militants.

October 8, 2014

U.S. ‘Concerned’ Over IS-Beseiged Border Town

Washington (AFP) — The United States said Tuesday it was “horrific” watching in real time the battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane, insisting it did not want to see the city fall to Islamic militants. The blitz on Kobane by the Islamic State group follows a three-week siege that sent 190,000 refugees streaming […]

October 7, 2014

Backed By Strikes, Kurds Battle To Defend Key Syria Town

Even with accurate air strikes and Kurdish fighters battling against IS jihadists, the Pentagon warns that there will be “no quick and easy end to the fighting.”

October 1, 2014

Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Flood Turkey After Fleeing Islamic State

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times The number of Syrians fleeing from Islamist militants and entering into Turkey in recent days has exceeded 130,000, making the flight one of the largest refugee flows to date during the Syrian conflict, the United Nations said Monday. “In Turkey we have never witnessed such big numbers in […]

September 22, 2014

Iraq Mission Finds Support In Europe, Where Fear Of Islamic State Already Runs High

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff BERLIN — Two months after the Islamic State laid claim to much of Iraq, European nations are reacting, driven in part by the fact that there are already thousands of European boots on the ground in this conflict — fighting on the Islamic State side. France on Wednesday officially announced it […]

August 13, 2014

Time Ticks Down On Iraq Siege As Survivors Stream Into Camps

Dohuk (Iraq) (AFP) – Time was running out for starving Yazidis trapped on an Iraqi mountain Wednesday as the West ramped up efforts to assist survivors and arm Kurdish forces battling jihadists. The United States has carried out air strikes against members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in the area of Mount Sinjar, […]

August 13, 2014

U.S. Shipping Arms To Iraqi Kurds: Official

Washington (AFP) — The United States has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday. “We’re working with the government of Iraq to increasingly and very quickly get urgently needed arms to the Kurds,” Marie Harf told CNN. “This includes […]

August 11, 2014

U.S. Aircraft Strike Islamic State Artillery In Iraq: Pentagon

Washington (AFP) — Two U.S. aircraft on Friday bombed Islamic State extremist positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said. The raid — the most significant since the United States withdrew from Iraq — came a day after President Barack Obama authorized force as he voiced fears of genocide against […]

August 8, 2014

With Islamic State Advancing, Kurds Prepare For Last Stand Outside Capital

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff KALAK, Iraq — Kurdish fighters scrambled to set up a defensive line Thursday after militants from the Islamic State seized four strategic towns on a key highway and advanced to positions just minutes from Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Hundreds of Kurdish peshmerga militiamen built earthen […]

August 7, 2014

U.S. Weighing Response To Potential ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ In Iraq

By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back to the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest said the United States would cooperate with Iraqi military and Kurdish authorities in the volatile […]

August 7, 2014

Islamic State Pushes Back Kurdish Forces Near Irbil, Sparking Panic

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Washington Bureau IRBIL, Iraq — Militants from the Islamic State made a surprise attack early Thursday on strategic villages near Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, apparently capturing significant territory and sending thousands of refugees into the city. Kurdish military officials said that the situation was under control, but […]

August 7, 2014

Kurdish Politician Fouad Massoum Named President Of Iraq

By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Iraq’s parliament appointed a new president on Thursday as lawmakers inched closer to forming a new government, even as violence continued to engulf the country. Veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum, 76, was chosen as Iraq’s second president, a largely ceremonial post in the […]

July 24, 2014

Amid Iraq Unrest, Idea Of Three Autonomous Enclaves Gains Traction

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As Islamic militants have advanced farther into Iraq’s heartland, the Obama administration has tried to avert all-out civil war by urging the Shiite Muslim-led government to share more power with alienated Sunni and Kurdish minorities. But if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to resist a political […]

July 1, 2014