Shelly Kittleson is a journalist writing mainly on issues related to security, conflict, and post-conflict in the Middle East and its environs. After starting out in Afghanistan, she has in recent years reported extensively from the ground in Syria and Iraq. She has won awards for her reporting from warzones.
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The murky militia that took responsibility for Monday’s attack in Iraq issued a statement claiming that it “only targets the American, Turkish, and Israeli occupation bases.” Though many armed groups and others in the country have, for more than a decade, demanded an end to the “American-Israeli occupation,” the addition of “Turkish” is significant.
He was not a jihadist, although he’d been called one when convenient. When he joined “the Kurds,” he automatically became a “fighter for women’s empowerment and the rights of the dispossessed Kurds.” He was neither. And neither are so many other Syrian Arabs from the eastern part of the country.