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The Importance of Kobani

The Kurdish-held, Syrian border town of Kobani has emerged as a new front in the regional struggle against IS. It has been under siege by the group calling itself the Islamic State since mid-September.

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.

U.S. and Turkey’s Problems Run Deeper than a Failure to Communicate

Washington and Ankara are having trouble coming to an understanding; they can’t even agree on what they agree. On October 13, National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced that Turkey would allow the United States to use the Incirlik air base in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), only to have the deal denied by the Turkish foreign minister. This communications failure is not only the result of crossed diplomatic cables, but also is symptomatic of a much graver problem that has been festering for too long: the United States and Turkey, although treaty allies, no longer share the same interests.

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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