US Sells Out the Kurds – Again

I stood at a border crossing as thousands of Yazidis and other refugees fled ISIS attacks on Mosul and nearby cities. Tens of thousands of refugees flooded into the Kurdish Region of Iraq as Kurdish relief workers greeted them with water and food. It was August 2014, and I was there on assignment as a … Continue reading “US Sells Out the Kurds – Again”

Trump Moves Encourage Iranian Hardliners

In Washington DC, Trump’s moves against the Iran nuclear agreement are seen as getting tough on a dangerous enemy. In Iran, they are seen as the first steps towards another war in the Mideast. Last week, Trump refused to certify the nuclear agreement. Under that accord Iran has agreed to stringent inspections of its nuclear … Continue reading “Trump Moves Encourage Iranian Hardliners”

Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan

On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered “go home.” That was in January 2002, just three … Continue reading “Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan”

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria

Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdish leaders, peshmerga fighters and U.S. officials. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington. 1. Islamic State presents an immediate threat to the … Continue reading “10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria”