Category Archives: ISIS

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…

Escaped Yazidi Girl Pleads with UK Parliamentarians to Rescue Kidnapped Women and Children

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Salwa Khalaf Rasho, an 18-year-old Yezidi who escaped Islamic State captivity after eight months, met today in London in several private meetings to plead for help in rescuing over 3100 Yezidis still kidnapped by ISIS. She was accompanied to the meetings with activists Jemal Bailoz Shaveshyan, Dr. Amy L. Beam,…

Iraq: The Obscenity of Chemical Weapons

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: With the firing of mortars containing a chemical agent at the Iraqi town of Taza, south of the city of Kirkuk, and the death of a 3-year-old girl from the exposure, Daesh is undoubtedly escalating the war a few notches. The little girl died of respiratory complications and kidney…

Yazidi Women Are Sold Heartlessly

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: Two worlds with two totally different contents: one world hosts the Paris Fashion Show with French designer Olivier Rousteing and his A-list women pals to model his autumn 2016 designs. The Mail said: ‘The girls failed to crack a smile and looked rather miserable as they flaunted their colourful…

Stop Erdogan’s Fascism Before it Does More Damage!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Just prior to the first Turkish national election on June 7th 2015, Erdogan started a reactionary war on Kurdish people. The aim was to scare Kurdish voters, minimizing public gatherings and meetings. Tens of bombs exploded in Kurdish areas against Kurdish people, killing hundreds and wounding many more. Even the bomb that…

Is Mosul the Kurds’ Fight?

By Ata Hariri: As talk increases about the possibility off a 2016 offensive against Mosul, one key question has only been skirted around: Whether or not the Peshmerga will play a significant role in the actual attack on Mosul. While they have already played an important role, cutting off supply routes, driving back ISIS forces in…

Yazidi Translators’ Treacherous Escape from Shingal to Germany

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Nayf’s Journey At daybreak, December 8, one of my Yazidi translators, Nayf, landed safely in the Greek Island of Chios in a rubber boat with his fiancée and her family of six. This was their second attempt after failing to make it to Kos Island from Bodrum last week. They…

Kurdish Nation in Mourning for the Attack on French Liberties

Mufid Abdulla

By Arian Mufid: When the Kurdish nation in south Kurdistan was being defeated by Saddamist forces in March  1991, it faced no other choice than to resort to the hills and mountains of Kurdistan. During this time one woman who played a significant role in speaking out about the plight of the Kurds and who…

Message of Sympathy and Solidarity to the French People

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: Consul general of France in Los Angeles Dear Mr. Christophe LEMOINE : We members of the Kurdish American Education Society and the greater Kurdish community in Southern California express our horror at the barbarous attack on the French people in Paris. The death of so many innocent people has deeply shaken…

Paris Attack Is Attack On The Free World!

By the Kurdistan National Congress: Mr. President Hollande, The People, the Government and the Parliament of France! We condemn yesterday’s November 13th terrorist attack in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the French people. This terrorist attack, like so many before it, is an assault on democratic and freedom principles…

Will the United States Sell Out the Kurds Again and Forfeit a Loyal Ally?

By Dr. Saman Shali: The history of contact between the United States and the Kurds goes way back to President Woodrow Wilson. In January 1918, for the first time the US supported the Kurds’ rights within the Ottoman Empire in the 14 points by President Wilson. But because the US did not have an important…

Appeal for a ‘Humanitarian Corridor’: OPEN UP A CORRIDOR TO KOBANE

By the Kobane Reconstruction Board: (To add your name, or that of your organisation, to this important statement, please email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk by 5th September) Kobane desperately needs our help to rebuild itself and for this to take place, the establishment of a humanitarian corridor between Kobane and Turkey is an urgent requirement. As of today, August…