Middle East

Militant Gains Illustrate Plight of Syrian Kurds

In this Aug. 12, 2014, photo displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community arrive at Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria. Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly marched on in Syria, capturing 21 Kurdish villages even as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
In this Aug. 12, 2014, photo displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community arrive at Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria. Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly marched on in Syria, capturing 21 Kurdish villages even as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

BEIRUT—Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a...




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  • EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. The video emerged hours after the family of Haines issued a public plea on Saturday urging his captors to contact them. The 44-year-old Haines was abducted in Syria in 2013 while working for an international aid agency. (AP Photo)

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  • In this image provided by Shaho Pirani shows Shaho Pirani posing with an automantic weapon near the village of Koya in Iraqi Kurdistan in June 2014. The Iranian Kurd living in Denmark, was on a month-long training camp for the Kurdish diaspora organized by Iranian branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. He joined Kurds from Norway, Switzerland and Britain for a crash-course on politics followed by weapons training. Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from Iran with his older brother in 1991, says he feels a moral duty to help the Peshmerga, the armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to fight the "psychopaths" of the IS group. (AP Photo/Shaho Pirani)

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