Frustrated Finland, Blocked from NATO by Turkey, Practices Patience

Finnish and Swedish hopes of being accepted as applicants by next week’s NATO summit meeting have been dashed by a Turkish government that says it is in no hurry.

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A Domestic Political Fight in Sweden Gets Embroiled in Geopolitics

A move by right-wing lawmakers to remove Sweden’s justice minister has been dragged into a battle over the country’s efforts to join NATO.

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Turkey Shows What NATO Really Is

This should be a moment of clarity.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finland, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #sweden, #turkey

Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

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Building the First Long-Distance Hiking Trail in Kurdistan

Can it help knit together a nation?

#hikes-and-hiking, #iran, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds

Missiles Fired From Iran Hit Near U.S. Consulate Site in Iraq

No serious injuries were reported from the strike, outside the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, and an American official said the consulate site was undamaged.

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Syria’s Kurds Wanted Autonomy. They Got an Endless War.

The Kurds of northeastern Syria dreamed of establishing an autonomous, multiethnic and gender-equal utopia. Instead, their breakaway region has been engulfed in conflict since its creation.

#democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurdistan, #kurds, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Get Children Out of ISIS Detention Camps in Syria

The conditions are horrific and dangerous. And they’re breeding grounds for radicalization and the next generation of ISIS adherents.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Forces Return to Combat as Allies Struggle to Subdue ISIS Fighters

The fighting was the most intense urban warfare involving American troops in Iraq and Syria since the fall of the ISIS caliphate.

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ISIS Fighters Attack Syria Prison to Free Fellow Jihadists

The attack on a prison run by a U.S.-backed militia in northeastern Syria set off deadly clashes and highlighted the area’s tenuous security.

#civilian-casualties, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #prison-escapes, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In Turkey, an Exhibit Meant to Highlight Kurdish Suffering Provoked a Furor

A recent art show in a major Kurdish city in Turkey aimed to uplift a region crushed by years of conflict. It ended up serving as a reminder of how toxic the subject of Kurds remains in Turkey.

#art, #diyarbakir-turkey, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kurdistan-workersparty, #kurds, #peoples-democratic-party-turkey, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #turkey

A Couple’s Dream of Reuniting in England Is Dashed in a Channel Disaster

A young Kurdish woman, Maryam Nuri, died with 26 others after making a desperate attempt to join her fiancé by crossing the English Channel from France on an inflatable boat.

#content-type-personal-profile, #drownings, #english-channel, #iraq, #kurdistan, #kurds, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis

They Twice Gave Up Everything to Flee Iraq. They Keep Getting Sent Back.

Bria Ali and her family have twice tried to make it to Germany, desperate for a better life. They are now back home with thousands of others who made it to Europe in recent months only to be deported.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #deportation, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #germany, #iraq, #kurds

Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

#baghdad-iraq, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurds, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

Limping and Penniless, Iraqis Deported From Belarus Face Bleak Futures

Hundreds of desperate Iraqis are being sent home after becoming political pawns in Belarus’s quarrel with its European Union neighbors.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #deportation, #erbil-iraq, #european-union, #kurdistan, #kurds, #lithuania, #poland

Migrants Say Belarusians Took Them to E.U. Border and Supplied Wire Cutters

Iraqi Kurds and other migrants said they were fleeing despair at home, but Belarus encouraged them, offering visas and helping them get to the border.

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Talk of Iraq Recognizing Israel Prompts Threats of Arrest or Death

A conference promoting normalization, organized by a little-known American group, prompted a furor, pointing to the volatility and danger in Iraqi politics.

#braude-joseph, #erbil-iraq, #international-relations, #iraq, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kurds, #sunni-muslims, #threats-and-threatening-messages

F.B.I. Asking Questions After a Pension Fund Aimed High and Fell Short

The Pennsylvania teachers’ retirement fund put more than half its assets into risky alternative investments. The math didn’t work out, spurring an investigation.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #kurds, #pennsylvania, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #property-taxes, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

Pressuring France to Bring Them Home, Women Who Joined ISIS Stage Hunger Strike

Frenchwomen who joined the Islamic State and are now held in squalid detention camps in Syria have gone on a hunger strike to protest France’s refusal to bring them back.

#detainees, #france, #hunger-strikes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria

Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.

#civilian-casualties, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #kurds, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

What Will Trump Do After Election Day?

Current and former Trump administration officials are worried about what might happen on Nov. 4.

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They Came for My Father Nearly 30 Years Ago. It Still Haunts Me.

The recent antigovernment protests in Iraq remind me of Saddam Hussein’s regime of fear and of the rebels who, like my parents, opposed it at great risk.

#abu-ghraib-iraq, #baghdad-iraq, #bush-george, #hussein-saddam, #iraq, #kurds, #kuwait, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners

Refugee and Author Long Detained by Australia Gets Asylum in New Zealand

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian exile, said the news showed the vast differences between the two neighboring countries on human rights.

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An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water

Erdogan and Trump Form New Bond as Interests Align

Relations between President Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey have long blown hot and cold. For the moment, they are finding common cause.

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ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria

Overcrowded, makeshift prisons and camps and fears of Covid-19 have led to two riots by hardened fighters.

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