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from the Guardian

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Isis defies coalition air strikes in battle for town on Syria-Turkey border - Pressure piles on Ankara as US-led onslaught drives extremists towards predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani


ISIS Militants in Syrian Border Town Begin to Retreat After a Monthlong Battle

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.

A girl, who fled from the violence in Mosul, carries a case of water at a camp on the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region, June 12, 2014.

from the Guardian

'In Iraq, there is no peace for Yazidis'

"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."

from CNN

200K flee Syria in 4 days, monitor says -

The flood of refugees who have recently arrived in Turkey, fleeing ISIS offensives in Syria, increased to 130,000 on Monday, the U.N. refugee agency said.

from CNN

Syrian town tries to rise from ashes after ISIS defeat -

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="" target="_blank">have liberated Kobani</a> from the…


Syrian rebels accuse Kurdish forces of 'ethnic cleansing' of Sunni Arabs

Syrian refugees flee to the Turkish border to escape fighting as Kurdish forces advance to the outskirts of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, June 14, 2015

from The Huffington Post

Tehran. Waiting for Normality

Iran is not a nuclear file, it is a country. An important one. What one brings back from conversations in Tehran is the widespread hope that both political realism and an "ethic of responsibility" will prevail on all sides....