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Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds

Defying Turkey, US airdrops arms to Kobane Kurds

By Juan Cole In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, US jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning. Turkey’s…

The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances

The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances

By Juan Cole al-Quds al-`Arabi [Arab Jerusalem] reports on the appeal of ISIL to Salafi hard line Sunni Muslims. In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called…

Why Obama underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Why Obama underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq

By Juan Cole President Obama admitted on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the US had underestimated the military potential of ISIL. Obama understands that a generational struggle is going on in…