Artillery belonging to Iraqi army are seen southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq, October 17, 2017.

Iraq forces take oil fields dashing Kurdish dreams


Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday demolishing Kurdish hopes of creating a viable independent state.

Members of Iraqi federal forces drive along desert roads in Kirkuk with Iraqi flags flying.

Iraqi forces seize territory from Kurds in independence dispute

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the upcoming independence referendum in Erbil, in nothern Iraq.

Iraq’s Supreme Court orders suspension of Kurdish independence referendum

Children play with a kite at a shelter for displaced Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, northern Iraq.

Years after US Iraq intervention, Yazidis are still seeking safety on a mountain

Capt. Khatoon Khider, left, commander of the all-female Yazidi Sun Brigade, with her sister, Aliya, in a home near the city of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on Sept. 24.

These Yazidi sisters took up arms to take revenge against ISIS

Daniel Libeskind

The Kurds have no country of their own and their story is largely untold. A planned museum in Erbil aims to change that.


Without a nation of their own, the Kurds have been fighting oppression for centuries, all the way to the present day. In fact, Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers are key forces right now in the battle against ISIS. But Kurdish history — a story of persecution, war and resilience — is largely untold. A new museum would help change that.

The Save Kobani Facebook page. Facebook routinely takes down its posts.

After battling ISIS, Kurds find new foe in Facebook


Sweden may seem far removed from the conflict in Iraq and Syria, but for a group of Kurdish Swedes, the battle is real — on Facebook.

Residents of Erbil buy groceries in a local market.

Just 60 miles from ISIS, youth bowl, swim, see George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland’


ISIS-controlled Mosul is just two hours away from the Iraqi city of Erbil. But youth in the Kurdish capital aren’t cowering. Instead they are swimming, bowling and enjoying new movies and Chinese restaurants.

Dutch journalist Fréderike Geerdink has been charged by Turkey with aiding a terrorist organization.

This Dutch journalist says she is doing her job. Turkey says she is helping terrorists

Global Politics

Turkey’s president claims the press has more freedom in Turkey than anywhere else. That doesn’t jibe with what’s happened to Fréderike Geerdink ever since the anti-terrorism police arrived at her door.

Dean Parker, a commercial housepainter and avid surfer from Florida, traveled to northern Iraq to fight with the Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS.

Meet the surfing grandfather from Florida who helped the Kurds fight ISIS


One day, Dean Parker was watching the news on TV. The next he was packing up body armor and preparing to fight with Kurdish forces against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. Now he’s looking for a flight home — and knows he has some explaining to do to the FBI and Homeland Security.