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  • U.S. bombs Islamic State after Obama call to prevent Iraq ‘genocide’

    August 8, 2014 | 9:54 am

    U.S. warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital on Friday after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide."

    Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate unbelievers, have...

  • Sunnis, Kurds shun Iraq parliament after no Maliki replacement named

    July 1, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of Iraq's new parliament on Tuesday after Shi'ites failed to name a prime minister to replace Nuri al-Maliki, dimming any prospect of an early national unity government to save Iraq from collapse.

    The United States, United Nations,...

  • Israel not working for Iraqi Kurd independence, foreign minister says

    June 30, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait accompli on Monday but said his country was taking no action to help the Kurds achieve formal statehood.

    The remarks appeared aimed at heading off potential confrontation with the United...

  • Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is ‘foregone conclusion’

    June 26, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion" and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognize a Kurdish state, should it emerge.

    Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and...

  • Vera B. Saeedpour, Scholar and Archivist of the Kurdish Culture, Dies at 80

    June 8, 2010 | 11:33 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    Vera Beaudin was newly divorced and a recent arrival in Harlem when a stranger knocked on her door one night carrying flowers and coffee cake. She fell in love, married and learned about the plight of his oppressed people.

    When he died five years later, Ms....

  • Iraqi First Lady at Museum of Tolerance: I remember the Jews of Kurdistan

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2008 | 8:02 pm

    The wife of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani paid a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday, toured its Museum of Tolerance, and recalled her friendship with the Jews of her Kurdish hometown.

    Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, the petite first lady of Iraq, briefly recalled the killings and...
  • Book details journey to a father’s distant land—Kurdish ‘Jerusalem’

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 27, 2008 | 11:04 pm

    "My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq," by Ariel Sabar (Algonquin Books).

    There are no more Jews in Zakho. Once the center of Jewish activity in Kurdish Iraq, the isolated town, a dusty vision of biblical landscape, was known as the "Jerusalem of...

  • Holocaust Programs Focus on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What do the Kurds have to do with Holocaust? More than you might think.

    When Fran Lapides discusses the plight of this Middle Eastern minority group with her high school students, she notes the similarities to the way the Jews were persecuted during the Holocaust.

    "Why do some...

  • Beware of a ‘Farhoud’

    By Ehud Ya’ari

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is the United States going to fight for that New Babylon, a democratic, peace-loving, malice-free Iraq that will serve as a model for the whole Arab re-gion? The answer is probably "yes."

    Is the success of the military operation guaranteed? Of course. There's no way that Saddam...