Category Archives: ISIS

Kidnapped Yezidi Boys Forced by ISIS To Be Suicide Bombers

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: ISIS (Daesh or Islamic State) recently released another propaganda video with the intent to inflict maximum pain to Yezidis. In the video are two Yezidi boys who were allegedly used as suicide bombers. The boys denounce their parents and Yezidis as infidels. They state they would explode themselves among the…

Erdogan’s State Sponsored Terrorism Breeds More Terrorism

By Dr. M. Koohzad: Introduction: The Turkish Tyrant President Erdogan did not devise state sponsored terrorism. It was Ataturk, Father of the Turkish Republic, out of fear of the non-Turks, who applied this tactic to control the Kurdish uprisings. General Ataturk was the first to commit genocides against the Kurds. The Turkish reign of terror…

The Battle for Mosul is Key for Europe’s Peace and Stability

By Arian Mufid: In light of what is happening in the Middle East generally and in the city of Mosul especially, the whole world’s attention is now focused on events in these areas and, indeed, if there is insufficiently serious consideration by advisors and supervisors in Europe this will result in severe consequences. The events…

ISIS Survivor’s Cry For Help Falls On Deaf Ears At The U.N.

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Nadia Murad’s mother and six of her brothers were shot and killed in mass executions when ISIS attacked her village of Kocho, Shingal, Iraq, August 15, 2014. The wife and child of her brother who survived six bullet wounds are still missing. Twenty-four-year-old Nadia Murad escaped her torturers. Between 9,000…

Turkey Headed In The Totally Wrong Direction!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: With a portfolio comprising the Copenhagen criteria, respect for national, democratic and human rights and a little understanding that other people also need freedom, peace and friendly neighbors, Turkey could have gone a great way towards sustainable peace and a wellbeing future. Turkey’s situation, however, is exactly the opposite. Turkey slides slowly but surely…

A Letter From a Yazidi Girl to Her Mother

By Suzan Jamal: A tribute to the 19 Yazidi women publicly burned alive in June for refusing to submit to their ISIS captors. I see my mother wearing a long white dress with an old black jacket, sitting with a group of women from Arbat refugee camp in Kurdistan. All of them are crying, and my…

Turkey Needs to Wake Up

By Manish Rai: After the Arab Spring started in Middle East in 2011, Turkey was seen as an inspiration for aspiring democracies in the region because there was a democratic government that leaned towards political Islam but in a seemingly moderate way, is a member of NATO, a growing economic powerhouse, and an island of…

Ten Shocking Things I Heard in Shingal

By Dr. Amy L Beam: I visited Shingal four times in April, May and June, 2016. I talked to a lot of people in Sinony, in tents on the mountain, and living in Shingal (Sinjar) city on the south side. I am trying to understand how I can help the displaced Ezidis and also the…

Is Erdogan Turning Today’s Turkey Into Tomorrow’s Syria?

By Arian Mufid: Yesterday’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport highlights the ultimate folly of President Erdogan’s policy of fostering ISIS and other jihadists, such as the Al Qaeda-affilliate al Nusra, mainly to counteract the righteous Kurdish movement for self rule. Now the deadly chickens he hatched in Syria are coming home to roost. Given…

IS Can’t Be Defeated by Military Means Only

By Manish Rai: The Islamic State stormed Iraq and whole world in 2014 with its takeover of major Iraqi and Syrian cities by exploiting Sunni Arab grievances in Iraq and chaos in neighbouring Syria. But the militant group is now steadily losing ground in both these countries. The so-called Caliphate is on the back foot….

The West’s Immoral Refusal To Rescue Ezidi Women

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On June 2, 2016, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addressed the UN Security Council on sexual violence in conflict.  He stated “It is estimated that the Ezidi community gave the Islamic State up to $45 million in ransom payments in 2014 alone.” It is irresponsible for the UN Secretary General…

Yazidi Girl Blinded on Her Final Escape from Daesh

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Eighteen-year-old Lamya Haji Bishar was captured by Daesh (ISIS) on August 15, 2014, when they attacked her village of Kocho on the southeast side of Shengal Mountain. She was immediately separated from her mother and held in Tal Afar for 20 months before her escape was organized. Her 12-year-old brother…

Interview with U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Sponsor of Resolution on Genocide by ISIS

Exclusive Interview by Dakhil Shammo – VOA Kurdish Service: U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional district talks to Dakhil Shammo of VOA about the Yazidi plight, the war against ISIS and the roles of the U.S. and the Kurds in the region. Here KT publishes a transcript along with the video of the…

Peshmerga and the Ongoing Fight against ISIS

By Dr Simon Ross Valentine: One of the most significant “players” in the fight against ISIS (the Islamic State), is the Peshmerga, the Kurdish army of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi-Kurdistan. “The Peshmerga are brave fighters who punch above their weight”, stated .Lt. Gen. Barbero, the former Head of US Training of the Iraqi Army….

28 Years After the Attacks on Halabja: ISIS Uses Chemical Weapons Against Civilians in Iraq

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Press Release: There is growing evidence that the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (ISIS) has used mustard and chlorine gas against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Iraq. The Jiyan Foundation condemns the use of chemical weapons and stands in solidarity with the victims. ISIS terrorists recently attacked civilians with mustard gas…