Winning the Post-ISIS Battle for Iraq in Sinjar

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by International Crisis Group Seized by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in August 2014, Sinjar, a majority-Yazidi district on Iraq’s north-western border with Syria, has been the scene of tragedy: a genocidal campaign of killings, rape, abductions and enslavement, and the… Continue Reading  

Needed in Syria: Disengagement

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by Paul R. Pillar The cauldron of intervention known as the Syrian war has recently become even more likely to boil over than it was just a few weeks ago. There are two immediate dangers of escalation. One is the… Continue Reading  

The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble

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by Reese Erlich When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Afrin Operation Draws in Armenians, Azeris

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by Emil Sanamyan  As Turkey’s military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week, a parallel public relations battle has raged on airwaves and social media, with varying messages tailored to Armenian and Azerbaijani audiences. The Kurdish Democratic Federation of… Continue Reading  

A Sustainable US Policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey, and Damascus

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by Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber This article is a “part-two” to the previous article “U.S. Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey,” which warned that the United State’s decision to back Kurdish nationalism in Northern Syria in an uncompromising… Continue Reading