Monthly Archives: November 2016

Kurds bringing their own guns to fight ISIS

Some Kurdish peshmerga soldiers use US-made guns they bought from private dealers in the battle for Mosul. Kurds often use AK-47s, which are reliable guns, but inferior to M-16s, and M-4s from the US. Other peshmerga soldiers receive German and … Continue reading

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East Aleppo’s last hospital

Despite reports last week that east Aleppo was without hospitals after heavy Russia and Syrian government airstrikes, one hospital is still operating, though I have no confirmation of their status today. Their work is incredibly difficult as the government moves … Continue reading

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‘No way out’ of east Aleppo

Some want out of east Aleppo after over five years of war; others want to stay despite diminishing food supplies and rampant fighting between the Syrian government and rebel groups. But many residents agree that leaving is nearly impossible due … Continue reading

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Some Iraqi Turkmen are against Turkey’s military presence near Mosul

Iraqi Turkmen are descendants of Ottoman settlers in Iraq, and still speak a Turkic language. But some, though supportive of the fight against ISIS, are opposing Turkey’s military presence in Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul. My words/pics from the front for … Continue reading

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