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Lawmakers Push Trump Admin to Bypass U.N. and Help Iraqi Assyrians, Yazidis Directly
Kurdish Forces Withdraw to June 2014 Lines
From Playground to Killing Ground: An ISIS Legacy
Iraq Looks Ready for Another War
How Long Can Turkey and America Keep Up Their Alliance?
Struggle Over Kirkuk Puts the U.S. and Iran on the Same Side
Barzani's Failed Kurdistan Project: A Deathblow To The Partition Of Iraq And Syria
What the KRG's Loss of Kirkuk Means for Iraq
Iraq's Kurdish Region Postpones Elections
Kurds' Euphoria Gives Way to Infighting
Germany Suspends Training of Kurdish Fighters in Northern Iraq
Iran Criticizes UN for Silence Over ISIS Crimes Against Assyrians
Iraqi Kurds 'Miscalculated' With Independence Vote: Turkey
After Kirkuk, Kurdish Forces Pull Out of More Areas in Iraq
ISIS Down to 6,500 Fighters, Holds Only 3 Percent of Iraq
Returnees to Mosul Face Booby-trapped Homes and Destruction
Iraqi Assumes Control After Kurds Leave Disputed Areas
ISIS Militants Attack Church in Egypt, Killing 7
Islamic State Group Loses Emblematic Syria Stronghold Raqqa
Kurds Abandon Territory in the Face of Iraq Government Advance
Iraq Forces Take Yazidi Town of Sinjar From Kurds
Iraqi Forces Press on With Capture of Kurdish-held Areas
Two Rivers, Three Countries? Ethnography and Destiny in Iraq
Is the Dream Of Kurdish Independence Now Over?
Clashes Around Oil-rich Kirkuk Raise Specter of a New Civil War in Iraq
Iraq Seizes Kirkuk From Kurds Leaving Two US Allies Locked in Conflict
Iraq Forces Remove Kurdish Flag From Kirkuk
Assyrian Snipers in Syria -- a Pain in the Neck for ISIS
When Will the U.S. Act for Assyrians in Iraq?
The History of Kirkuk, Iraq
Iraqi Forces Enter Kirkuk As Kurds Flee
Assyrian Priest Caring for Vulnerable Christians Issues Prayer Appeal
Hungary Hosts First Ever Government Conference for Persecuted Christians
Turkey Halts Flights to Iraq's Kurdish Region
Kurds Block Iraqi Forces' Access to Kirkuk Oil Fields; Iran Shuts Border Crossings
Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk
Iraq Accuses Kurds of 'Declaration of War' in Kirkuk
Syria Demands Turkey Withdraw From Idlib
Kurds 'Reject' Baghdad's Demand to Nullify Referendum Results
Turkey Uncensored: A History of Censorship and Bans
Ending Syria's War May Be Easier Than Rebuilding Christian/Muslim Trust
Congress Clashes With Trump Administration Over Aid for Iraqi Assyrians
Turkmen Militia, Peshmerga Clash in Northern Iraq
Egypt Detains Suspect in Coptic Priest Murder
Deal to Evacuate Civilians From Raqqa Has Been Accepted
U.S.-Backed Forces In Syria Say 'Final' Battle For Raqqa Is On
UN Under Fire Over Christian Persecution
Russia Questions Validity Of UN Syrian Gas Attack Investigation
Iraq Forces Retake Positions From Kurds in Disputed Kirkuk
Russia Raises Doubts About UN Probe of Syria Gas Attack
Can Christians Stay in the Middle East Despite Persecution?
Christians in Middle East Feel 'Abandoned, Betrayed' By the West
Thousands of Kurdish Troops Sent to Kirkuk to Face 'Iraqi Threat'
Turkey's Relationship With the West Crumbles
Three Syrian Rebel Groups Agree to Damascus Truce
EU Steps Up Its Assistance for the Stabilisation of Iraq
Iraqi Militias Spokesman Says Kurdish Leader 'Worse' Than ISIS
Top US Ground Commander All But Declares Victory Over ISIS in Iraq
Assad Better Than Islamists: Syriac Patriarch
International Community Looks on While Christian Persecution Worsens
Summaries

Kurdish Forces Withdraw to June 2014 Lines

By Mustafa Mahmoud

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) -- Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday.

From Playground to Killing Ground: An ISIS Legacy

By Megan Specia

When a summer heat wave hit Raqqa, nestled on the banks of the Euphrates River, children jumped into the fountain at the center of the Naem traffic circle to get some relief. The fountain, installed just three years earlier, had a colorful light display and a speaker that played music on holidays.

Iraq Looks Ready for Another War

While the world hailed the fall of Raqqa to US-backed militias, the prospect of another war is emerging in the region. Most of the troops of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces entering Raqqa on Tuesday were Kurdish.

How Long Can Turkey and America Keep Up Their Alliance?

By Joshua W. Walker and Selma Bardakci

Long simmering tensions between the United States and Turkey exploded into a full diplomatic crisis a week ago Sunday after the U.S. Embassy in Ankara suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

Struggle Over Kirkuk Puts the U.S. and Iran on the Same Side

By David Zucchino and Eric Schmitt

BAGHDAD -- When the Iraqi military battled Kurdish forces this week to reclaim the contested city of Kirkuk, the spectacle of one American-backed ally fighting another with American-supplied weapons was not the only incongruous sight.


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