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Kobani Timeline

The Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani (also known as Ayn al-Arab) has been under siege by the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) since mid-September. For IS, Kobani would be a huge gain, allowing the group to control an uninterrupted swath of land from its self-declared border of Raqqa in Syria to the Turkish border – a distance of more than 62 miles. As Kurdish fighters, supported by U.S. airstrikes, fight to repel IS, we will regularly update our coverage of events on the ground.

Turkish Government Authorizes Use of Force, But Against Whom?

After months of reluctance to join the international coalition confronting the threat posed by the self-identified Islamic State (IS, but also commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL), Turkey authorized sending its troops abroad to battle terrorists, and allowing foreign troops to operate out of Turkish bases. This seeming about-face comes after the United States and other countries exerted significant diplomatic pressure on Turkey to help shoulder the burden of defeating IS.

An Overview of ISIS Threat and U.S. Response

What is ISIS?

  • Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or, as it now calls itself, simply the Islamic State (IS).
  • A jihadist organization that aims to form an Islamic state (caliphate) over the region stretching from Turkey, to Syria, to Egypt, to Jordan and to Lebanon, if not beyond.

INFOGRAPHIC: Evaluating a Nuclear Deal With Iran

BPC released a new infographic and analysis that shows what would constitute an acceptable nuclear deal with Iran as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) deadline approaches this weekend. The visual shows various ideas of what a “good” outcome could consist of and the analysis expands on the options.

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