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Huge Blasts Rock Kobani in Effort to Oust ISIS

Huge Blasts Rock Kobani in Effort to Oust ISIS | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
ISIS positions in the Syrian border town were repeatedly targeted Wednesday.
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U.S. Central Command: U.S. Military Conducts Aerial Resupply of Kurdish Forces Fighting ISIS

U.S. Central Command: U.S. Military Conducts Aerial Resupply of Kurdish Forces Fighting ISIS | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops tonight in the vicinity of Kobani, Syria to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against ISIL. The airdrops were conducted by U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies that were provided by Kurdish ....

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Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani?

Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Nisan Ahmed, health minister of the Kurdish authority in Kobani, established a medical team to examine the incident.  According to Ahmed, the bodies of three Kurdish fighters showed no signs of damage from bullets.  Rather  “burns and white spots on the bodies of the dead indicated the use of chemicals, which led to death without any visible wounds or external bleeding.”

 

According to a UN report compiled after the departure of UN inspectors and quoted by Associated Press, bunker 41 contained “2,000 empty 155mm artillery shells contaminated with the chemical warfare agent mustard, 605 one-tonne mustard containers with residues, and heavily contaminated construction material.”


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ISIS Militants Raise Flag Over Syrian Border City of Kobani

ISIS Militants Raise Flag Over Syrian Border City of Kobani | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
ISIS militants in Syria raised a black flag over a building in eastern Kobani on Monday, the closest they have come to seizing control of the town which is o...
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Alex Dillon's curator insight, October 6, 3:51 PM

ISIS members have been attempting to seize the city of Kobani for almost two weeks, and today they flew a black flag over a building in the eastern part of the city, the flag of an extremist group. Kurdish fighters have vowed not to abandon the city, but instead will continue to fight. Air strikes have failed to halt advance by ISIS.

 

It is important that the Kurdish fighters are temporarily holding out against ISIS fighters in Kobani, but being wiped out rather than retreating may not be the best solution. If it is a hopeless cause, then they should pull out and wait fora stronger force with which they can take down ISIS.

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Kurdish female teen fighters on front line against ISIS in Syria

Kurdish female teen fighters on front line against ISIS in Syria | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

U.S. strikes haven't turned militants around in Syria, so the fight is in the hands of a Kurdish commander and his unusual army. "There's no difference between the men and the women," he said. "Some of them are even better fighters than I am."

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100,000 Syrian, Kurdish Refugees Fleeing Isis Attempt to Enter Turkey In 24 Hours. Turkey Closes the Border.

100,000 Syrian, Kurdish Refugees Fleeing Isis Attempt to Enter Turkey In 24 Hours. Turkey Closes the Border. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

100,000 Syrian and Kurdish refugees are fleeing to Turkey to escape Isis advance, reports AP. Turkey closes the border.

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Lauren Silva's curator insight, September 28, 7:36 PM

The terrorist group Isis has taken over many border towns in Syria recently. They are forcing out millions of Kurdish people, who are fleeing to Turkey where they are being welcomed as refugees. However, Turkey temporarily closed their borders, causing many native Kurds to lash out. Security attacked them with tear gas and water. Turkey so far has taken in 1.5 million refugees since Isis has been advancing. While it is good that Turkey is taking them in, it is disappointing that they closed their borders even for a second. The reason behind the shut is unclear, but the fighting in Syria continues. So far, Isis has killed 11 civilians, and the fate 800 is still unclear.

Yoana Infante's curator insight, October 1, 3:25 PM

The refugees, on this are a faction & the other one are Isis. In this image the problem is that Isis are in a big war & they try to get in Turkey & Turkey doesn't want to let Isis people in because what if the war goes over to Turkey & then Turkey would have to deal with it but since they don't want to deal with them so they don't want them in. I think this is wrong because Turkey is the closest to Isis & that's why they want to go in their & be calm from what they just came from.

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Obama needs Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamic State. But they have their own troubles.

Obama needs Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamic State. But they have their own troubles. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State leans on the Kurds, but they have problems of their own.
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THE 2014 LOCAL ELECTIONS & 'THE KURDISH QUESTION' IN TURKEY

THE 2014 LOCAL ELECTIONS & 'THE KURDISH QUESTION' IN TURKEY | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
THE 2014 LOCAL ELECTIONS AND THE KURDISH QUESTION IN TURKEY Daily Sabah It was obvious to almost everyone keeping an eye on Turkish politics that the 2014 local elections would be a referendum on the legitimacy of the ruling AK Party following...
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Why is Obama always surprised?

Why is Obama always surprised? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
From domestic politics to foreign policy, Obama and his aides frequently appear overtaken or overwhelmed by events.
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U.S. Commander Reports Heavy ISIS Losses in Syrian City of Kobani

U.S. Commander Reports Heavy ISIS Losses in Syrian City of Kobani | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The head of the United States Central Command indicated that even if the Islamic State managed to take Kobani, the victory would be costly to the group.
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The problem with America’s limited wars

The problem with America’s limited wars | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Partial interventions lead to stalemates that drive generals crazy.
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ISIS beheads 9 Kurdish fighters - 6 men, 3 women - captured in Syria

ISIS beheads 9 Kurdish fighters - 6 men, 3 women - captured in Syria | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs.
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Raquel Anderson's curator insight, October 1, 3:29 PM

The faction of Isis is killing many people. They need to be stopped before many more lives get taken. The US needs to talk to them to work something out before more innocent lives get in danger.

Alex Dillon's curator insight, October 3, 10:57 PM

ISIS has captured and beheaded nine Kurdish fighters near the Syria-Turkey border during fighting over Kobani, a northern Syrian town. There were six men and three women beheaded.  There has been fierce  conflict over this town since the Islamic State tried to take the area. Many others could have been killed in the fighting.

 

This area of the world sees too much conflict, with too many people being killed over territorial fights between groups. Currently ISIS is a major cause of unrest in this region, and they need to be stopped.

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‘Handing Iran the region on a silver platter’

‘Handing Iran the region on a silver platter’ | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Dr. Sherkoh Abbas says in the vacuum created by the lack of US support for the Kurdish Regional Government,‘the emerging winners are Bashar Assad and Iran,’ not the pro-democracy forces.
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Sherkoh Abbas is my friend and a wise analyst of Middle Eastern politics.

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The fight of their lives and deaths: The Kurds vs. ISIS

The fight of their lives and deaths: The Kurds vs. ISIS | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The U.S. wants the Kurds to do two potentially incompatible things: fight ISIS and resist seceding from Iraq. Dexter Filkins reports.
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Are Iraq’s Kurds moving closer to independence?

Are Iraq’s Kurds moving closer to independence? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The decision by Sunnis and Kurds to walk out of Iraqi’s Parliament Tuesday has some regional officials seeing the possibility of the country splitting along sectarian lines becoming reality.
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The Fractious Politics of Syria's Kurds

The Fractious Politics of Syria's Kurds | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The dominant power in Syria's Kurdish regions, the PYD, is deeply problematic but shares some common interests with the United States.
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Syria's Kurdish region has been it's most stable and productive.

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