Peter Kenyon http://northernpublicradio.org en Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons http://northernpublicradio.org/post/kurdish-forces-say-theyre-waiting-us-weapons Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.<p>They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.<p>"We have heard weapons are coming, but so far we haven't seen any. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 52689 at http://northernpublicradio.org Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/embattled-yazidis-say-they-are-now-enduring-atrocity-no-74 A massacre of members of the Yazidi minority in the Iraqi town of Kocho made headlines last week. Around 80 men were killed by militants from the so-called Islamic State, the extremist group that has swept through much of northern Iraq.<p>But that was not the only massacre, according to the Yazidis. In a camp for the displaced near the Syrian border, people call 21-year-old Abbas Khader Soullo a walking miracle. To explain why, he unbuttons his shirt and shows his bullet wounds.<p>He was shot in an attack on Yazidis that received much less attention in the village of Jazira. That was Aug. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 52439 at http://northernpublicradio.org Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74 Islamic Militants Kill Dozens Of Yazidis In Northern Iraq http://northernpublicradio.org/post/islamic-militants-kill-dozens-yazidis-northern-iraq <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Islamic+Militants+Kill+Dozens+Of+Yazidis+In+Northern+Iraq&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 52363 at http://northernpublicradio.org Iraq Has New Leadership, Al-Malaki Will Step Aside http://northernpublicradio.org/post/iraq-has-new-leadership-al-malaki-will-step-aside <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Iraq+Has+New+Leadership%2C+Al-Malaki+Will+Step+Aside&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Iraq finally has new leadership. Prime Minister Nouri al'Maliki says he will step aside, making room for a new prime minister. Haider al-Abadi, the new man, will try to form a government that can fight the extremist militants known as the Islamic State. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 52283 at http://northernpublicradio.org Obama Says Siege Of Mount Sinjar Is Broken, But Crisis Persists http://northernpublicradio.org/post/obama-says-siege-mount-sinjar-broken-crisis-persists <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Obama+Says+Siege+Of+Mount+Sinjar+Is+Broken%2C+But+Crisis+Persists&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MDY4MDEyMTY4NDA3MzI3YjkzMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 52256 at http://northernpublicradio.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President http://northernpublicradio.org/post/turkeys-erdogan-seeks-expanded-role-president The news from Turkey lately has been mostly bad: A mine disaster this spring killed more than 300 workers; a corruption probe in December raised allegations of high-level graft in the Cabinet; and resentment continues to smolder against mega-projects that are threatening Istanbul's remaining green spaces.<p>That doesn't sound like a good platform for a term-limited prime minister to transform himself into Turkey's first strong president since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 52006 at http://northernpublicradio.org Turkey's Erdogan Seeks An Expanded Role As President With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension http://northernpublicradio.org/post/deadline-days-away-iran-nuclear-deal-might-get-extension Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>After two days of nuclear talks with his Iranian counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington. Sunday is the deadline for a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Vienna that the talks could be extended.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Amid crises unfolding around the Middle East, Kerry took time to focus on the Iran nuclear talks as they near a July 20th deadline. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50680 at http://northernpublicradio.org Iran Nuclear Negotiations Try To Hurdle Impasse As Deadline Nears http://northernpublicradio.org/post/iran-nuclear-negotiations-try-hurdle-impasse-deadline-nears Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Iranian and American diplomats are facing a July 20th deadline to come up with a nuclear agreement. A deal could prevent any Iranian attempt to build a bomb. Failure could bring back the mutual hostility of the past. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 50088 at http://northernpublicradio.org Crowded By Two Shaky States, Turkey Shifts Its Weight In Policy http://northernpublicradio.org/post/crowded-two-shaky-states-turkey-shifts-its-weight-policy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The fighting is so bad in Iraq that yesterday NATO promised to defend member country Turkey from any spillover violence. Turkey borders two countries that some analysts now call failed states, Iraq and Syria. That's forcing Turkey to consider policies that could change the map of the region, even the possibility of more independence for Iraqi Kurds. That's something Turkey has vehemently opposed for decades. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: After loudly criticizing the U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 49748 at http://northernpublicradio.org Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal http://northernpublicradio.org/post/talks-yield-possible-framework-iran-nuclear-deal Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.<p>As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 49454 at http://northernpublicradio.org