The advance of Islamic State forces on Kobani, Syria, has stalled as the militants have been forced to retreat on several fronts, shifting the monthlong battle in favor of the Kurdish fighters defending the city.
Zehra, a 25-year-old Kurdish woman who lost her 8-month-old daughter due to a lung infection at a refugee camp, sits with her other daughter inside their home in Kobani, Syria, on Thursday, January 29. Her husband, a fighter from the People's Protection Units, or YPG, stands in the background. After four months of intense fighting, Kurdish Peshmerga forces <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/04/middleeast/kobani-syria-destruction/index.html" target="_blank">have liberated Kobani</a> from the…
"When I visited it in 2011, the mountain shrine of Lalish, the most sacred site of the Yazidi faith, was an idyllic place. Today, it is hell on earth. As Islamic State (Isis) forces move into Iraqi Kurdistan they are targeting the Yazidis, whom they consider devil-worshippers. The region is home to more than half a million Yazidis, many of whom are now displaced. Many Yazidi towns, including the largest, Sinjar, are in Isis hands."
The United States subjected Suleiman Abdullah Salim to harsh tactics in a secret prison and held him without charge for years. He was found not to be a terrorist threat, but he pays a deep price to this day.