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Nashville's Little Kurdistan community feels 'betrayed' by Trump

October 20, 2019 10:08 am

Nashville, Tennessee has the largest Kurdish population in the US. Many members of the community say they feel hurt by Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria.

The US turned Syria’s North into a tinderbox. Then Trump lit a match

October 16, 2019 10:31 am

US officials knew that the northern Syria problem would have to be resolved and that only Washington had the leverage and relationships to do it. But other priorities took precedence.

Explained: Who are the Kurds, and why is Turkey attacking them in Syria

October 16, 2019 11:58 am

Who are the Kurds, and why is Turkey attacking them in northern Syria? What role did Kurdish fighters play in the complex war in Syria, and what are the ramifications of US troops’ withdrawal from the conflict?

Turkish offensive in Syria: Israel uneasy over Trump's refusal to stand by Kurds

October 10, 2019 11:38 pm

Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, viewing the minority ethnic group — whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran — as a buffer against shared adversaries.

Israelis watch US abandon Kurds, and worry: Who’s next?

October 09, 2019 11:27 am

President Donald Trump’s abrupt order to withdraw US troops there and abandon Kurdish forces, who have been stalwart US allies against the Islamic State, set off clanging alarm bells among officials in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

A look at who is affected by Trump’s shift in Syria

October 08, 2019 4:41 pm

The question of who could provide a long-term deterrent to Iranian and Russian interests in the area — and help ensure that the Islamic State does not rebound in Syria — is suddenly very much in play again.

US withdrawal from Syria forces its allies to face return of Islamic State detainees

February 15, 2019 11:57 am

Most of those detainees’ home countries have been looking the other way, despite the Kurds’ pleas to relieve them of that burden.

Iraq's Kurds hold elections for regional parliament

September 30, 2018 10:36 pm

More than 700 candidates are vying for 111 seats in the elections, in which nearly 3.5 million Kurds were eligible to vote. It's unclear how much change the elections could bring or whether the vote would only cement Iraqi Kurdish divisions further.

Syria's Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

May 31, 2018 4:11 pm

The United States, which supports the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, operates air bases and outposts in the Kurdish-administered region.

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

October 16, 2017 8:05 am

Kirkuk, a city of more than a million people with a large Kurdish community, lies just outside KRG territory, but Peshmerga forces were stationed there in 2014 when Iraqi security forces collapsed in the face of an Islamic State onslaught.