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  1. syria
    What Impulsive Foreign-Policy Move Might Trump Make Next?Intelligencer staffers discuss the implications of President Trump’s Syria debacle.
  2. foreign policy
    Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed to Cease-fire in SyriaTurkey has reportedly agreed to halt its invasion for five days so that Kurdish forces can peacefully withdraw from the contested region.
  3. president trump
    Trump: Kurds Are ‘Not Angels.’ In Fact, They’re ‘Worse at Terror’ Than ISISThe president explains that the forces his own administration allied with against ISIS were actually worse than ISIS all along.
  4. the national interest
    Trump Is Being Impeached Because He Keeps Doing What Russia WantsTrump’s Ukraine scandal and his Syria fiasco both happen to benefit one country Trump really likes.
  5. syria
    Trump Announces Sanctions Against Turkey, Also HimselfTrump’s sanctions against “any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria” appear to apply to himself.
  6. foreign interests
    Trump Didn’t Free Us From Syria’s ‘Endless War,’ He Just Made It WorseThe president congratulated himself for pulling U.S. forces out of a Mideast quagmire, but his haphazard decision is perpetuating a destructive cycle.
  7. syria
    The Trump-Blessed War in Northeastern Syria Is Already a Complete DisasterAmerica’s abandoned Kurdish allies surrendered to Assad and Russia rather than face Turkey and the threat of ethnic cleansing alone.
  8. lindsey graham
    Lindsey Graham Said Syrian Kurds Were ‘Threat’ to Turkey in Prank CallGraham also appeared to assure the fake Turkish official that his party would help an Erdogan ally get off easy for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.
  9. president trump
    Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds May Be the Dumbest Move of His PresidencyHe found one of the few ways to make GOP senators shout, “Donald Trump is misusing executive power,” right as impeachment gets rolling.
  10. syria
    Turkey: Trump Knew ‘Precisely’ the Scope of Our Attack Plans in SyriaAs Turkish bombs fall on Kurdish border towns, Erdogan’s government insists that Trump green-lit its operation.
  11. foreign interests
    Trump and Erdogan Are Only Increasing the Odds of an ISIS ComebackTurkey claims its attack on the Kurds, which Trump cleared the way for, is about securing “peace.” It’s likely to do the exact opposite.
  12. corruption
    Trump’s (Insane) Conflict of Interest in the Turkey-Syria DisputeTrump collects millions in royalties from a licensing agreement in Istanbul — a deal that an ally of Erdogan could cancel at any time.
  13. world view
    Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Is a Mistake We’re Doomed to RepeatMilitary and GOP leaders rebuked Trump over December’s abrupt Syria shift, but didn’t go far enough. Their latest complaints won’t rein him in either.
  14. foreign affairs
    Iraqi Forces Seize Kurdish-Held City of KirkukTensions had been high since the Kurds voted for independence from Iraq last month.
  15. foreign policy
    The Kurds’ Long Fight for Independence Is Coming to a HeadA landmark referendum on Monday faces almost universal opposition around the globe. Iraq’s Kurds are proceeding anyway.
  16. PissPigGrandad Is No MoreBrace Belden, back from Syria and readjusting to life in the Bay Area, has a new Twitter handle.
  17. An American ISIS Member Was Detained While Trying to QuitKurdish forces at first thought he was attempting a suicide bombing. 
  18. Europe Breaks Up Alleged ISIS Recruitment RingPolice say the aspiring militants were part of a group that aims to establish a caliphate in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
  19. terrorism
    Scores Dead After Bombs Target Turkish Peace RallyAt least 97 people were killed and 400 wounded after unknown assailants targeted a protest in Ankara. It’s the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Turkey’s history.
  20. islamic state watch
    Israeli Woman Latest Foreigner to Fight ISISAs if the militants didn’t hate fighting Kurdish women enough.
  21. islamic state watch
    ISIS Militants Claim the U.S. Accidentally Air-dropped Them Free WeaponsMassive fail.
  22. international affairs
    U.S. Air-Drops Weapons to Kurds Defending KobaniAdmitting for the first time that it delivered lethal aid to the rebels.
  23. islamic state watch
    Why Turkey Is Bombing the Kurds Fighting ISISInternal politics with international implications.
  24. Turkey Still Won’t Help Fight ISIS, As Fighter Blows Up Truck on Its BorderWhat will it take?
  25. ISIS Advances on Kobani, in PhotosThings don’t look great heading into the weekend.
  26. islamic state watch
    A Female Suicide Bomber Attacked ISIS Militants in SyriaUsing an ISIS tactic against ISIS.
  27. international intrigue
    3 Americans Have Taken It Upon Themselves to Fight ISIS on the GroundAccording to Kurdish forces.