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Have Turkey-PKK clashes crossed fatal threshold? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Have Turkey-PKK clashes crossed fatal threshold? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The PKK’s alleged shooting down of a Turkish assault helicopter marks a major development in the ongoing fighting between the two sides.
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Sadly, things in the Middle East continue to escalate. The Kurds want and deserve a homeland. The Turks don't want to give up part of their country. I don't know how this will end, but I do know there will be lots of blood spilled before it's over. 
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US and Syria's Kurds: Love on the rocks? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

US and Syria's Kurds: Love on the rocks? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
PKK violence is complicating US relations with Syria’s Kurds just as Turkey steps up its cooperation against the Islamic State.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Are the Kurds the heroes or the villains of the Middle East? Obviously, they are neither, But they are a group demanding a national identity instead of their enforced dispersal across four countries, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. In the end, no matter how heroically they fight against ISIS, they will become a threat to those four countries as they strive for that national identity. Rejection of that desire will result in ongoing civil wars, but acceptance of it requires the support of the four nations that are currently in place to make room for a fifth. Will that happen? Doubtful.. Will the Kurdish people stop their struggle for a homeland? No way. This is a dilemma that American foreign policy needs to address now. It is certainly one question I hope that the presidential candidates will be asked during the campaign.
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Turkey’s Tomb Raiders

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It was a story that mystified many non-Turks. On the night of Feb. 21, Turkey sent a military convoy into Syria to rescue 38 of its soldiers…
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Once again we see how muddled the Middle East is and always has been. To think this particular military operation has its roots in a deal stuck between the Turkish government and France in 1921. Even stranger is that the figure involved goes back to the beginnings of the Ottoman Empire.in the thirteenth century. And it is likely that the Kurds and Turks cooperated; now that is even stranger.

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Iran Supplied Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces

Iran Supplied Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Z...
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Having destabilized the region by invading Iraq, it is in paramount that the U.S. recognize the role of Iran as a major power in the Middle East. This is a good first step for us all. The Kurds deserve support. Even the Turks are relatively okay with their emergence from the miasma that is Iraq. Now if the U.S. can get out of its own way.

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Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?

Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Yazidis, members of an ancient religious sect, fled when the Islamic State overran their homes. Now they’re trapped with no food or water. Will the U.S. step in to help save them?
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A fascinating example of religious diversity, the Yazidis, a Kurdish speaking group, worship a fallen angel, the Malek Tawwus, or Peacock Angel. Because of this they are often said to worship Satan, but, unlike Lucifer, the Yazidis' fallen angel was forgiven by God and restored to heaven.They also believe in reincarnation.

So the questions: Do we get involved to rescue this minority? The Kurds? The Iraqi Christians? Whom? Can we build a coalition that will take action and in time? Should we try to do so?

Perhaps the biggest and saddest question: Does anyone care?

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Revenge of the Kurds

Revenge of the Kurds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As ISIS rolls toward Baghdad, the Kurds are gaining oil, ground, and power.
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The Kurds have an opportunity to establish their homeland, and I hope they make it. The weird thing is that Turkey is their ally. Will the Turks allow the Kurdish areas of their country greater autonomy, maybe even separation? Stay tuned to one of the less talked about places in the Middle East.

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Why Turkey's Prime Minister Had No Choice But to Resign

Why Turkey's Prime Minister Had No Choice But to Resign | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu steps down, opening the way for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seize even more authority
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We are watching the emergence of a new dictator in a country that is important both toe American foreign policy and to stability in the Middle East. If Erdoğan continues his course, the US may well want to turn to Iran as a counterbalance and may wan to support an independent Kurdistan as a way to protect against another genocide. 
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These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad's Hold in Syria

These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad's Hold in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Syrian dictator remains in power—and he's not likely to go anywhere
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Actually, these are all reasons why diplomacy and reaching out to Russia and Iran to find an agreeable solution should have been the first step for the U.S. and our allies. Assad cannot stay in power without being propped up, which means that the power brokers in that part of the world would happily replace him and opposes IS if the U.S. would give them the reins. The real fallacy of the American position is that we are supporting Turkey in its brutal suppression of the Kurds because we're afraid of Russia and Iran ending up battling over Syria without us. I have news for Washington, we should happily watch those two countries compete in Syria; they would get rid of Assad, stop IS, and still end up angry at each other. WIN, WIN, WIN for us.

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Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?

Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story.
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Damn, what are we getting ourselves into now? I hope these "American" and "German" fighters are volunteers and mercenaries and not members of our actual military (of Germany's). Quite simply, we had no place in Iraq to begin with and we shouldn't be there now. And, yes, I do want the Kurds to be okay. And, yes, I do want ISIS defeated. But not using U.S. troops. Enough with the world's policeman already.

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The Soldiers of Sinjar

The Soldiers of Sinjar | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Portraits of ragtag fighters from Sinjar, Iraq,
rallying to protect their homeland.
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It is sad that the Kurdish people have to fight for the freedom of their land and people from those who would tell them how and what to believe. It is inspiring that they are willing to die together no matter what their individual faiths for the freedom of their homes.

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U.S. judge signs order to seize Kurdish oil from tanker off Texas

U.S. judge signs order to seize Kurdish oil from tanker off Texas | Upsetment | Scoop.it
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge has signed an order telling the U.S. Marshals Service to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I have no idea of the legal issues involved here, but this I do know. The last group we want to alienate in Iraq is the Kurds, who are the only pro-American group left. Having made a total hash of things in Iraq, the U.S. government is on the verge of returning to the scene of the folly to add fuel to the fires. George H.W. Bush knew better than to destroy the tyrant who was holding that country together. His son loosed the devil. Some judge in Texas, probably appointed by W., is now trying to put the genie back in the bottle. Sorry, but I think this incredibly stupid.

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