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UN suspends refugee food aid

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Simon Nelson

The UN World Food Programme has suspended the food aid scheme for the 1.6 million Syrian refugees now living in Iraq and Jordan until new funding is secured.

The suspension of the programme, costing £41 million for December alone, could create a crisis for refugees.

More than 3.2 million Syrians have become refugees since the beginning of the conflict with President Assad; a further 7.6 million have been internally displaced. 200,000 Syrians have been killed, 60,000 civilians.

The UN World Food Programme has suspended the food aid scheme for the 1.6 million Syrian refugees now living in Iraq and Jordan until new funding is secured.

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Daesh: a slow fightback

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Colin Foster

According to the Kurdish website Rudaw, the Syrian-Kurdish forces in Kobane, augmented by peshmerga troops from Iraqi Kurdistan, are now pushing back the ultra-Islamists of Daesh (ISIS, or “Islamic state”).

Kurdish commanders in Kobane say that they now control half the city, which is in a Kurdish-majority part of Syria close to the Turkish border, and the other half is “destroyed” by US air strikes against Daesh.

Regaining territory, however, is a slow process of street-by-street fighting.

Syrian-Kurdish forces in Kobane, augmented by peshmerga troops from Iraqi Kurdistan, are now pushing back the ultra-Islamists of Daesh (ISIS, or “Islamic state”).

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Anti-ISIS passport ban won't work

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Simon Nelson

Around Kobane, the Kurdish-majority Syrian city near the Turkish border besieged by ISIS ("Islamic State", Daesh), US airstrikes have significantly increased.

Kurdish forces (Iraqi-Kurdish peshmerga, and the Syrian-Kurdish YPG, linked to the Turkish-Kurdish PKK) have now begun to retake territory.

1,200 people have now been killed in the siege.

Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to the KRG (Iraq-Kurdish) president Massoud Barzani, says that the CIA’s figuree of 31,000 ISIS fighters is a big underestimate, and the Iraqi government National Security Adviser concurs.

Only by taking on the ideas of clerical fascism and defeating them, rather than by suppressing civil rights or banning access to literature, websites, or debate, can the ideologues of ISIS be exposed and defeated.

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ISIS threat is still strong

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Simon Nelson

ISIS (Daesh, the “Islamic State” movement) now governs over six million people across Iraq and Syria and despite an apparent slowing of new foreign fighters coming to join them they have maintained a large group of fighters and a formidable military capability.

ISIS, the “Islamic State” movement, now governs over six million people across Iraq and Syria and despite an apparent slowing of new foreign fighters coming to join them they have maintained a large group of fighters and a formidable military capability.

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Should the left say: "Let the Kurds die!"?

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Dan Katz

Over a thousand Kurdish people gathered in Trafalgar Square, London, on Saturday 1 November, taking part in a day of international solidarity for the Kurds fighting ISIS (Daesh, "Islamic State") in Kobane.

Among the small number of people at the protest who were not Kurdish were a handful of representatives of the Socialist Party and SWP. Both these groups have a problem.

The slogan "stop the US bombing" equates to "let the Kurds die".

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Should the left say: "Let the Kurds die!"?

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Dan Katz

Over a thousand Kurdish people gathered in Trafalgar Square, London, on Saturday 1 November, taking part in a day of international solidarity for the Kurds fighting ISIS (Daesh, "Islamic State") in Kobane.

Among the small number of people at the protest who were not Kurdish were a handful of representatives of the Socialist Party and SWP. Both these groups have a problem.

If "stop the bombing" immediately means "let the Kurds of Kobane die", socialists should not raise that slogan.

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Over a thousand rally to support the Kurdish struggle, but British left largely absent

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Sacha Ismail

1,500 people protested in Trafalgar Square on 1 November as part of the International Day of Action in support of Kobane, the Syrian Kurdish town being besieged by ISIS.

1,500 people protested in Trafalgar Square on 1 November as part of the International Day of Action in support of Kobane, the Syrian Kurdish town being besieged by ISIS.

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Solidarity with democratic, workers' and socialist forces in the Middle East resisting ISIS! Mobilise for 1 November!


(Muayad Ahmed, secretary of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq, addresses the conference.)

A solidarity statement issued from the Alliance for Workers' Liberty's annual conference (25-6 October, London).

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Fact and fiction about the Kurdistan row in NUS

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Daniel Cooper, NUS National Executive Committee member and AWL students

I have read on social media various criticisms of my report of the September NUS National Executive Council meeting. Here are some thoughts in response.

Didn't you go to the press about the NUS Black Students' Officer, the row about Kurdistan and ISIS?

A response to the row about Kurdistan in the National Union of Students.

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