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Iraq crisis: Why were the Kurds left unprotected?

President Obama has authorised air strikes in Iraq, but was his hand forced by a strategic decision to withdraw Kurdish forces?

By Michael Goldfarb  

Islamic State militants and tribal fighters take control of a checkpoint that used to be controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters © AP Photo

The Middle East madness of the last three years has finally arrived in Kurdistan.

With thousands of Yazidis trapped by IS (Islamic State) on Sinjar mountain, and around 200,000 Iraqi Christian Arabs and Kurds in the north of the country fleeing the insurgent…

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