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Published on: October 7, 2014
The Battle of Kobani
The Obama Administration, Turkey, and Syria’s Kurds

The U.S. needs to act quickly to stop the Islamic State from overrunning the Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The fall of Kobani would have a devastating impact not just on the Kurds in the region, but on the credibility of America’s anti-ISIS strategy as well.

Henri J. Barkey is a professor of international relations at Lehigh University. Eric S. Edelman is a former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 2005–09.
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