Trump’s Plan to Arm Kurds Lays Bare the Strategic Vacuum in Syria

The administration’s plan to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State could further inflame tensions between Washington, Ankara, and Tehran.


How Kurds Could Tilt Turkey’s Referendum

As Turkey considers granting Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, the crucial swing voters may be the country's long-oppressed ethnic minority.


The Race to Raqqa Could Cost Trump Turkey

The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.


Stop Victim-Blaming Erdogan for ISIS

Turkey deserves the world’s sympathy, not scorn, for becoming the Islamic State’s next big target.

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Archaeologists Just Discovered a Bronze-Age City in Northern Iraq

The war against ISIS hasn’t stopped archaeologists from digging in the cradle of civilization.


Turkey’s ‘Kurdish Obama’ Is Now in Jail

Selahattin Demirtas, who once hoped to challenge Erdogan’s grip on power, finds his political party under attack and himself behind bars.


Iraq’s Elite Soldiers Have Their Sights Set on Mosul

But if they hope to defeat the Islamic State, they’re going to have to learn to work with some new allies.

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