West Asia

Looming shadows

Print edition : January 23, 2015

Smoke rises from the town of Kobane after an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition, on October 13, 2014. Kobane has been retaken by Kurdish fighters. Photo: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP

Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Mount Sinjar on December 22, 2014, the day after Kurdish and Yazidi fighters took Sinjar town back from the Islamic State after breaking a months-long siege. Photo: Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani at Mount Sinjar on December 21. He said: "We will not leave an inch of the land of Kurdistan for the Islamic State, and we will strike the Islamic State in any place it is located.” Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP

The I.S. will remain a threat as long as Turkey persists with its ambiguous stand over the organisation and there is no serious understanding between Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdistan leadership.
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