As government officials in Erbil often say, "We've made mistakes, but we are now correcting them." This tends to be true, and although there is much work to be done and the road ahead is long, the Kurdistan region is on the right track.
Like Zahra, Basi's family fled Sinjar and resettled in an unfinished concrete building in Siji. They also did not know what
One Iraqi comedian who fled his city when ISIS took over says it's his "duty" to bring joy to displaced children.
The Iraqi city of Mosul fell to the Islamic State on June 10, 2014. When the militants laid out an ultimatum -- convert, pay
People in the streets of Erbil are saying these days, "We are fighting three extremely difficult battles: We fight ISIS with poor and outdated weapons, we struggle to absorb the refugees that have increased our population by 28 percent, and we fight with Baghdad to get our money to survive." In a nutshell, all of it is quite true.
How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria
The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.
There is little comfort for the displaced people of Qarakosh who see the most recent attacks as perhaps the final act in their expulsion from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have left the country in the last two decades. Estimates of the remaining total number of Iraqi Christians are as low as 200,000.
If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.
Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal
I have been a vocal opponent of that war since George W. Bush proposed the invasion in 2002. I strongly believe that the actions President Obama announced in Iraq last night deserve progressive support.
There are virtually no independent news organizations in northern Iraq. This may not surprise you. But what might is that freedom of the press is not Iraqi Kurdistan's biggest media problem.