On 16 June, Kurdish militiamen, with the support of US airstrikes, captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, a major crossing point on the Syrian-Turkish border
When at First You Don’t Succeed, Fail, Fail Again
The resistance of top US military officials to deepening US military involvement in the war against ISIS came in the wake of a major policy debate within the Obama administration
Despite the PYD’s insistence that it is more than just a Kurdish nationalist party, sectarian and ethnic loyalties are at the heart of the multi-layered civil wars convulsing Syria and Iraq
Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)
As the war escalates, Congress is largely sitting on the sidelines
The US and western habit of playing with jihadi groups, which then come back to bite them, goes back at least to the 1980s war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which fostered the original al-Qaida under CIA tutelage
The dangers behind Washington’s Iraq strategy and its insistence it’s winning against ISIL.
Rojava, the Kurdish area in northern Syria, is undergoing (and possibly cementing) a revolution
40 Years Later, Will the End Games in Iraq and Afghanistan Follow the Vietnam Playbook?