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  • Wide awake: A spiritual response to the collapse of compassion

    September 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Four facts:

    1. In the last 4½ years, the war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people, including 20,000 children.

    2. 11.6 million people have been displaced, 4 million of whom are now refugees.

    3. Half of the refugees, vulnerable to starvation, disease, abuse and...

  • Jewish woman who helped Kurds fight ISIS returns to Israel

    July 13, 2015 | 10:29 am

    A Canadian-Israeli who was the first foreign woman to help the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State has left the front lines and returned to Israel, saying she was worried about Iranian involvement in the war zone.

    After eight months in which she was often incommunicado,...

  • Witnesses to Iraq’s Farhud

    By Jane Ulman

    May 20, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    Over the first two days of June 1941, countless numbers of Jewish women in Baghdad were raped, more than 2,000 Jews were injured — many of them mutilated — and 900 homes, as well as 586 Jewish-owned businesses, were looted. All told, according to Iraqi-born historian Elie Kedourie,...

  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

    February 24, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

    A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO's inside and outside the country said it had verified at...

  • Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

    February 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.

    Israeli officials had previously stopped short...

  • Foreigners fighting Islamic State in Syria: who and why?

    January 5, 2015 | 10:30 am

    While illegally crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, Canadian Peter Douglas was adamant that his incursion was for humanitarian reasons – to help the people of Syria.

    Douglas is one of a growing band of foreigners to dodge authorities and join the fight against Islamic State...

  • U.S. reports more air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

    October 24, 2014 | 10:49 am

    U.S. aircraft carried out six strikes against Islamic State militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on Thursday and Friday, the U.S. military's Central Command said.

    It also said U.S. and allied forces had launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, including near Mosul Dam, near the Baiji oil refinery and near Falluja, since Thursday.

    Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jim Loney

  • Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

    October 21, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    October 20, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

  • Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes

    October 9, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening.

    With Washington ruling out a ground operation in...

  • Islamic State fighters advance into Syrian border town of Kobani

    October 8, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Islamic State fighters pushed into two districts of the strategically important Syrian border town of Kobani in fierce fighting late on Wednesday, Kurdish officials among the town's defenders said.

    "Tonight (Islamic State) has entered two districts with heavy weapons, including...

  • American fighter joins Kurds in battle against Islamic State

    October 7, 2014 | 1:40 pm

    After months in which the United States and European countries issued warnings about their citizens traveling to Syria fight on behalf of Islamic State, there are new reports of Westerners going to fight on the other side, against the militants.

    A man who said he is a U.S....

  • How Islamic State became ‘the best-funded terrorist group in history’

    September 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    After months of rampaging through Iraq and stoking international fears that the Islamic State terrorist group could spread, a combination of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, aided by targeted United States airstrikes, appear to have pushed back the self-proclaimed caliphate’s...

  • New film shows love the Kurdish way

    By Tom Tugend

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nice Jewish boy in Brooklyn dumps domineering Jewish fiancée when he falls for lovely Kurdish Muslim girl. Parents and relatives on both sides are horrified, but are reconciled at raucous interfaith wedding.

    That, in a thimble, is the plot line of "David & Layla," the umpteenth...
  • Writer Confronts Intifada Lethargy

    By Michal Lemberger

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm just so tired," Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom says. She's not speaking about the effects of her recent flight into Paris, where she has come to deliver some lectures. Nor is it the interviews she has given since landing earlier in the day, although that has zapped her, too....