How Obama’s Appointees Are Still Giving Into Iran Under Trump

Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – In the Middle East, it’s nearly impossible for a Westerner to crack through the different opinions, sides, voices, and goals of the various groups, ethnicities, and political parties in order to grasp the truth within the region. Peering through the muck and chaos of regional politics in the Middle

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Why “Killing an Idea” Takes More than Airstrikes

By: Jennifer Breedon September 27, 2016 – When I started law school, my passion for the Middle East and human rights prompted me to take on the added task of writing my first legal journal article that sought to tackle the question of coining a “universal definition” for terrorism. ISIS had begun its blood-lust mission

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Loving Your Neighbor, Even When Their God Doesn’t Look Like Yours

By: Jennifer Breedon “We pray for the souls of the Islamic State militants that killed our families. We know they are motivated by evil and pray they can be freed.” I will never forget these words from Jaya Stephanos, the sister of two men that were beheaded by the Islamic State of Syria and the

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BREAKING: Iran Attacks U.S. Ally – Puts Refugee Lives at Risk

10/16/17 – Official Statement from Kurdistan Regional Government: “Iraqi Forces and [Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces] attack Peshmerga Forces south of Kirkuk   On Sunday, October 15 at approximately 2330 hrs local time Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces advanced from Taza Khormatu in south Kirkuk in a major, multi-pronged operation intended to enter the

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Iran and Baghdad Using U.S. Military Equipment About to Invade Kurdistan

This exclusive footage was shot yesterday on border of Iraq and Kurdistan in the Kirkuk region.  The tanks and trucks lined up are Iraqi forces backed by Iranian support (and using equipment the U.S. earmarked for anti-ISIS fighting) at the border checkpoint to the Kurdistan Region.  The equipment being used in a show of imminent

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Redefining Terrorism

By: Jennifer Breedon **This article was published by the Brazilian Journal of International Law.  You can see the full PDF here.  3639-17170-1-PB   “The Security Council of the United Nations calls upon all Member States to . . . [c]ooperate, particularly through bilateral and multilateral arrangements and agreements, to prevent and suppress terrorist attacks and

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United Airlines and Religious Minorities: What Americans Care About

By Jennifer Breedon April 19, 2017 FoxNews.com. Published originally on FoxNews.com If United Airlines crucified or even dragged Christians off a plane during their holy week, would the world pay attention? It’s hard to believe that, within the same holy week that 50 Christians were bombed and murdered in their churches on Palm Sunday, the

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Chess Champion Takes a Stand for Women’s Rights in Iran

By Jennifer Breedon Thursday, October 20, 2016 Nazi (nah-ZEE) Paikidze-Barnes, Russian-born, Georgian-American chess champion, has taken a stance and unknowingly sparked a global discussion on the hijab and other coverings worn by Muslim women. The World Chess Federation (FIDE) announced the 2017 Women’s Chess World Championship will take place in Iran. Paikidze-Barnes believes “It’s unacceptable

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Majed el-Shafie of One Free World International Makes a Plea to Save Yazidis

By Jennifer Breedon Thursday, November 3, 2016 Jennifer Breedon joined with the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow and other partners in a press conference hosted by One Free World International (OFWI). The purpose of the conference was to speak about the ongoing Yazidi genocide in Iraq and call on Canada’s government to do more to

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The Scapegoats of Mid East Politics

Thursday, February 23, 2017 “They hurt Yazidis.” “They hurt Christians.” Both comments were made to me about the Kurds during my time in Iraq by differing political and interest parties. Yet, it wasn’t from any Christian or Yazidi in the region that I heard such comments. A recent article titled “Kurds’ move to keep Yazidi,

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Exclusive From the Front: How 10 Villagers Held Off 70 ISIS Jihadis

Ibrahim was distressed. As a village farmer, father and husband he had continued to hear reports about a new militant group headed right their way. Iraqi Central forces and Kurdish Peshmerga were busy trying to gather forces and learn about what was needed to fight this new extremist militant group. Reports had come in that

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