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U.S.-led coalition targets Islamic State in 32 air strikes: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 23 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq and nine in Syria on Monday in the latest round of daily attacks on the militant group, the joint task force overseeing the air strikes said on Tuesday.

NATO supports Turkey on tackling ISIL and PKK threats

NATO has offered political support for Turkey’s campaign against fighters in Syria and Iraq at a rare meeting in Brussels, as Ankara said the alliance may have a “duty” to become more involved. The extraordinary meeting at the NATO headquarters on Tuesday is the fifth in the organisation’s 66-year history. It came just days after [...]Show More Summary

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force.

NATO backs Turkey’s campaign against militants

At a rare emergency meeting in Brussels, NATO members offered support for Turkey’s campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq, but cautioned the country against using undue military force. Continue reading ? The post NATO backs Turkey’s campaign against militants appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Major Kurdish factions

A close look at the most influential Kurdish groups in the Middle East spread over Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

NATO supports Turkey on tackling ISIL and PKK threats

Ankara says alliance may have "duty" to become more involved, days after Turkey launched air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Obvious: The Iraq War created ISIS

[caption id="attachment_2590" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Iraq War Consequences by Steve Sack[/caption] This is something that is so obvious, it is in danger of never being said, in which case those who led us into war will try to pretend it isn't true as they argue the case for the next one. Show More Summary

NATO backs Turkey’s fight against Islamic State

NATO offered political support for Turkey’s campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday, and President Tayyip Erdogan signaled the alliance may have a “duty” to become more involved. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO allies in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against […]

Iraq training Shiite teenagers for battle against I.S.

It’s yet another way minors are being dragged into Iraq’s brutal war as the military, Shiite militias and Kurdish fighters battle to take back territory from Islamic State militants, who seized much of the country’s north and west over the past year. The Sunni extremists have aggressively enlisted children as young as 10 for combat, […]

Chinese student detained for suspected links to ISIS released in Iraq

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A Chinese postgraduate student who was captured in Iraq on suspicion of having links to the extremist militant group Islamic State had his name cleared and was freed by local police yesterday, the Chinese embassy in the country said. [ more › ]

Is the U.S. paying to train child soldiers in Iraq?

Iran-backed Shiite militias set up summer camps for kids to learn combat, and the money trail leads back to Washington

Iraq Has a Summer Camp That Trains Shiite Boys to Fight ISIS

It's yet another way minors are being dragged into Iraq's brutal war with the ISIS

Turkey joined the fight against Islamic State, but not for the reasons you think

4 hours agoNews : The Great Debate

Soon after pounding Islamic State positions in Syria, Ankara quickly turned its attention to strike at the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, whose Syrian wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) is a key U.S. ally against Islamic State.

Why Turkey Sees the Kurdish People as a Bigger Threat than ISIS

The Kurds' success against ISIS might encourage advocates of a Kurdish state across parts of Iraq, Syria and Turkey

SCORCHING HOT Iran Take of the Day

As a colleague observes, Leon Wieseltier has written an interesting critique of the Bush administration’s decision to attack Iraq: The rut of history: It is a phrase worth pondering. It expresses a deep scorn for the past, a zeal for newness and rupture, an arrogance about old struggles and old accomplishments, a hastiness with inherited […]

Jon Stewart Talks Retirement Plans and George W. Bush During Audience Q&A

"George W. Bush did not want to invade Iraq. And then I called him and said, 'Do a brother a solid,' " Stewart told an audience member. read more

Iraq Ambassador to US: 'We Cannot Coexist with ISIS'

Above, watch the full conversation, moderated by New York Times Senior Correspondent Eric Schmitt. A recent session at the 2015 Aspen Security Forum session exploring the expansion of ISIS, and the international response, began by moderator and New York Times Senior Correspondent Eric Schmitt mentioning that in a Senate hearing earlier that day, Sen. Show More Summary

VA purging Vets from healthcare

21 hours agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

Two stories from Military.com about the VA’s new initiatives in healthcare. Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta, says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired. Show More Summary

US Recognizes Turkey’s Right to Attack Kurdish Militants

The United States acknowledges that the Turkish government has a right to attack Kurdistan Workers’ Party positions in Iraq.

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