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Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul

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Iraqi security forces entered the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday for the first time since the city fell to Islamic State militants two years ago (BBC). Iraqi counterterrorism forces, the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters make up the security forces that pushed through ISIS-controlled territory quicker than anticipated, but they have reached greater resistance as […]

Trump and Clinton Court the Veteran Vote

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Presidential candidates Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage September 7 to court veterans on what merits them to become commander-in-chief. Secretary Clinton went first, adamant that “steadiness…mixed with strength to be able to make the hard decisions” is critical to become president (YouTube 4:51). She went on the defensive soon after as […]

ISIL Confirms Death of Top Commander

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The Islamic State has confirmed reports that Omar al-Shishani, one of the organization’s top military commanders, has died (Rudaw). Amaq, the Islamic State’s media outlet, released the information on Wednesday (Al Jazeera). While it did not state when Shishani was killed, it stated that he died in the Iraqi town of Shirqat during battle (Al […]