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Yazidis in America are consumed by the fate of their relatives in Iraq

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gulie Khalaf lives in Lincoln, Neb., home to America's largest Yazidi community. Community members are consumed by news about fellow Yazidis in danger in Iraq, so much so that some people have quit their jobs to grieve — and work to help people escape.

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Take a ride-along with Nashville’s first Kurdish American cop

Friday, August 15, 2014

Had things been a little different, Jiyayi Suleyman might have been a peshmerga fighter alongside his uncle and other Kurdish troops. Instead he's a police office in Nashville trying to keep the city's residents there safe.

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In Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, no one wants to be seen taking the first step

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bitter enemies negotiating? It sounds like an oxymoron. But that's exactly what the Israeli and Palestinians have been trying to do in Cairo. How does it actually play out?

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Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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There's one place where Israelis and Hamas speak directly — on TV

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A couple of years ago, Hamas and Israeli TV news stations happened to be simultaneously showing live feeds from the other's show, when the Israel anchor decided to try talking to the Hamas anchor. That led to a conversation that is still happening, occasionally, today.

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An Iranian woman makes history in winning a math prize

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, math's most prestigious prize.

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A Hamas terror anthem is Israel's biggest summer hit

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When fighting broke out in Gaza, Hamas recorded a music video to encourage its fighters and scare Israelis. Instead, the song has become a huge hit in Israel.

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Kurds in Irbil try to maintain normal lives with ISIS close by

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As ISIS forces closed in on the de facto Kurdish capital, residents of the city tried to keep their daily lives going. Now, after an American intervention, the future looks more secure, though some Kurds fear that the aid may carry a heavy price for them.

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The fight against ISIS takes a back seat to squabbles in Baghdad

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The fight between Nouri al-Maliki and Haidar al-Abadia for the prime minister's job in Iraq could be hurting the fight against ISIS in the north.

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A Marine who fought in Iraq reflects on the country's challenges today

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tim McLaughlin was one of the first US Marines to enter Iraq in 2003. He was there on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein fell. The American flag that was placed on top of the statue belonged to him.

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Many veterans remember Robin Williams' morale-boosting performances for the troops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The late Robin Williams made many of us laugh just when we needed it most. His gift was perhaps never more poignant and important as when he performed for US troops fighting overseas. The comedian devoted many hours to entertaining with the USO.

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ISIS is moving to the 'top of the list' of counterterrorism worries

Monday, August 11, 2014

Move over, al-Qaeda: The militants of ISIS are becoming a huge concern for counterterrorism officials as they gain battlefield experience and recruit new jihadis from as far away as Europe and the United States.

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Fighting has stopped again in Gaza, but nearby Israeli towns are still deserted

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southern Israeli communities like Kibbutz Nahal Oz are still recommending that their residents stay away despite a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, leaving residents conflicted about what to do.

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War, politics and humanitarian disasters give Iraq a perfect storm of crises

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iraq has a new problem on its hands: A political showdown between current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his would-be successor. And the wrangling and potential violence are taking place against a backdrop of a massive humanitarian crisis and American intervention in northern Iraq.

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Six months later, no one knows exactly who died in an American drone strike in Yemen

Friday, August 08, 2014

On December 12, 2013, a drone strike killed a group of twelve men in Yemen. But beyond the number of the dead — and the compensation paid to the victims' families — almost everything else about the attack remains murky.

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The Gaza War resumes — and both sides are unhappy

Friday, August 08, 2014

A 3-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ended early Friday. Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel, and Israel retaliated with air strikes. War fatigue is growing but neither side appears ready to give ground.

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The situation in Iraq is 'a humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, an Iraqi minority group are stuck in the mountains of Northern Iraq where they fled from ISIS. They have little food, water and no way out.

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Jewish settlers establish a new West Bank outpost in the name of the murdered Israeli teens

Friday, August 08, 2014

In the heart of the West Bank, Israelis have started building a settlement. The area is where three Israeli teenagers were killed — allegedly by Hamas — back in June. While the settlers say this is a peaceful occupation, it may prove to be a roadblock during peace talks.

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Residents of Gaza are digging through the rubble, anxious to find scraps of their past

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Huge swathes of Gaza lie in rubble in the aftermath of intense fighting between Hamas and Israel. Gazans who have returned to their homes during a ceasefire are shocked by the damage and hoping that the short peace will hold.

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Meet the female colonel leading Kurdish forces into battle against ISIS

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Nahida Ahmed Rashid began her military career years ago, fighting for the Kurdish separatist cause. Now she's the highest-ranking woman in the Kurdish peshmerga and squaring off with her troops against Islamic militants who've taken northern Iraq by storm.

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