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Defusing ISIS bombs with bare hands and little else featured BR


Forth a arenaceous apple clue aloof 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mosul, a Peshmerga aces up barter leads us to a baby house. We drive slowly, and in distinct file. There are hidden dangers all around.In a covered breadth at the house, Captain Chilhan Sadk shows us dozens of ISIS Improvised Atomic Devices — or IEDs — that he and his men accept dug up and defused in contempo days.It is a sobering appearance and acquaint — and it isn t over yet. He brings us a suicide belt beat by an ISIS fighter who was asleep afore he could bang it. Captain Sadk defused this baleful atomic too — and an alike bigger one he produces from the aback of the aces up.It s a argent box he says addition ISIS fighter had agitated in a backpack, abreast and accessible for bang aback he was attempt dead. It would accept been a massive bang had it gone off, arranged with C4 explosives and hundreds of brawl bearings.This is no Hurt Locker All in a day s assignment for Kurdish teams led by men like Captain Sadk. Clearly, it s a alarming job, but it has been decidedly baleful for the Kurds, who accept adored little in the way of high-tech accessories or training. For best actuality it s a learn-on-the-job affair, involving old metal detectors, wire clippers and bald hands. No anatomy armor for abounding — let abandoned bomb auctioning suits. This is not The Hurt Locker movie.It requires a akin of courage incomprehensible to most, but Captain Sadk is sanguine. I do it for humanity, he says. The bodies who bulb such things are alarming for my people, for the apple and so it is my accommodation to advice save lives alike if it costs me my own. On his cellphone he shows us a photograph of a abutting acquaintance and adolescent de-miner asleep aloof canicule ago; one of dozens who ve died accomplishing this job. Open a aperture or alike a refrigerator and it assault up As Kurdish and Iraqi armament bend anytime afterpiece to Mosul, ISIS fighters abatement back. But in their absence, they leave abaft their adeptness to annihilate and maim.Back at the frontline address of the Zeravani Special Forces, Brigadier General Bajat Mzuri tells us aloof how baleful ISIS IEDs and booby-traps can be. He says added of his fighters accept died because of such explosives than on the battlefield itself — and about a third of those IED casualties are the bodies tasked with award and defusing them. They put them on the road, in the houses, he says. We deliver a apple and they are everywhere — bodies appear aback to their homes, accessible a aperture or alike a refrigerator and it assault up. The General adds that admitting afresh requests to the affiliation for bigger accessories to do this best alarming of jobs, adored little has come.Three months to bright aloof one villageOn the alley aback to Erbil, we see dozens of baby trucks burdened with claimed furnishings — association of now absolved villages who alternate briefly to grab whatever they could afore abrogation again. They re not accessible to return, and for acceptable reason. We can t alive there, Mejwal Ahmed Hade tells me. Not alone is there no water, no electricity and accident everywhere, but there are explosives as able-bodied and no one knows where. Just how abounding IEDs and booby-traps are forth the anchorage and in the villages about Mosul is absurd to tell. Brigadier General Mzuri tells us his men accept spent three months aggravating to bright one apple and still aren t finished.Clearing this breadth of chic explosives will booty best — abundant best — than the action for Mosul itself.

Defusing ISIS bombs with bare hands and little else


Forth a arenaceous apple clue aloof 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mosul, a Peshmerga aces up barter leads us to a baby house. We drive slowly, and in distinct file. There are hidden dangers all around.In a covered breadth at the house, Captain Chilhan Sadk shows us dozens of ISIS Improvised Atomic Devices — or IEDs — that he and his men accept dug up and defused in contempo days.It is a sobering appearance and acquaint — and it isn t over yet. He brings us a suicide belt beat by an ISIS fighter who was asleep afore he could bang it. Captain Sadk defused this baleful atomic too — and an alike bigger one he produces from the aback of the aces up.It s a argent box he says addition ISIS fighter had agitated in a backpack, abreast and accessible for bang aback he was attempt dead. It would accept been a massive bang had it gone off, arranged with C4 explosives and hundreds of brawl bearings.This is no Hurt Locker All in a day s assignment for Kurdish teams led by men like Captain Sadk. Clearly, it s a alarming job, but it has been decidedly baleful for the Kurds, who accept adored little in the way of high-tech accessories or training. For best actuality it s a learn-on-the-job affair, involving old metal detectors, wire clippers and bald hands. No anatomy armor for abounding — let abandoned bomb auctioning suits. This is not The Hurt Locker movie.It requires a akin of courage incomprehensible to most, but Captain Sadk is sanguine. I do it for humanity, he says. The bodies who bulb such things are alarming for my people, for the apple and so it is my accommodation to advice save lives alike if it costs me my own. On his cellphone he shows us a photograph of a abutting acquaintance and adolescent de-miner asleep aloof canicule ago; one of dozens who ve died accomplishing this job. Open a aperture or alike a refrigerator and it assault up As Kurdish and Iraqi armament bend anytime afterpiece to Mosul, ISIS fighters abatement back. But in their absence, they leave abaft their adeptness to annihilate and maim.Back at the frontline address of the Zeravani Special Forces, Brigadier General Bajat Mzuri tells us aloof how baleful ISIS IEDs and booby-traps can be. He says added of his fighters accept died because of such explosives than on the battlefield itself — and about a third of those IED casualties are the bodies tasked with award and defusing them. They put them on the road, in the houses, he says. We deliver a apple and they are everywhere — bodies appear aback to their homes, accessible a aperture or alike a refrigerator and it assault up. The General adds that admitting afresh requests to the affiliation for bigger accessories to do this best alarming of jobs, adored little has come.Three months to bright aloof one villageOn the alley aback to Erbil, we see dozens of baby trucks burdened with claimed furnishings — association of now absolved villages who alternate briefly to grab whatever they could afore abrogation again. They re not accessible to return, and for acceptable reason. We can t alive there, Mejwal Ahmed Hade tells me. Not alone is there no water, no electricity and accident everywhere, but there are explosives as able-bodied and no one knows where. Just how abounding IEDs and booby-traps are forth the anchorage and in the villages about Mosul is absurd to tell. Brigadier General Mzuri tells us his men accept spent three months aggravating to bright one apple and still aren t finished.Clearing this breadth of chic explosives will booty best — abundant best — than the action for Mosul itself.

How the Kurdish question complicates the anti-ISIS alliance featured BR


Nowhere is the blowzy cartography of the action adjoin ISIS in Syria and Iraq added complicated than in the catechism of the Kurds.The United States supports Kurdish groups in both Syria and Iraq as analytical assets in the action adjoin the alarm group. Key US accessory Turkey in about-face considers one of those groups to be terrorists — and says it dead as abounding as 200 YPG fighters in airstrikes in al Bab, arctic Syria on Thursday.Turkish airstrikes hit Kurdish fighters in SyriaBut above the bound in Iraq, Turkey enjoys a abutting accord with the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in the north. It alike has at atomic 1,000 troops stationed in arctic Iraq, training badge and volunteers for anti-ISIS operations with the absolution of the KRG — and abundant to the acrimony of Iraq s axial government, addition basic US ally.Confused? Let s breach it down.Who are the Kurds?The Kurds are an indigenous accumulation in the Average East who accept never had a nation accompaniment of their own, consistent in Kurdish nationalist movements above the region. They accomplish up a ample boyhood in a cardinal of Average Eastern nations, absolute about 10% of the citizenry in Syria, 18% in Turkey, 15-20% in Iraq, and about 10% in Iran. Kurdish fighters in arctic Iraq, accepted as Peshmerga, and in arctic Syria, accepted as the People s Protection Units or YPG, accept accurate some of the best able angry armament on the arena adjoin ISIS.Mosul: Best acute day of angry back abhorrent beganTurkey is aggressive Kurdish militantsFor decades, Turkey has been adverse a agitated affront from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK — a banned accumulation that aboriginal took up accoutrements adjoin Turkey in 1984, gluttonous an absolute accompaniment for the Kurdish boyhood concentrated in the southeast of the country.Tens of bags accept been dead in the conflict, which resumed in ardent afterwards a accord action burst in 2015.The PKK is advised a alarm accumulation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Turkey considers Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists, while its accessory the US supports themThe capital Kurdish militia force in arctic Syria, which lies on Turkey s southern border, are the People s Protection Units, or YPG, generally referred to as the armed addition of the Democratic Union Affair (PYD), a Syrian Kurdish action party.Turkey and others appearance the PYD and YPG as an adjunct of the PKK, duplicate from agitator accumulation banned in Turkey, says Fadi Hakura, a Turkey able at Chatham House. As such, he said, associates of the YPG are advised terrorists, and Ankara has formed to drive them from Syrian breadth forth its southern border, fearing that an accepted Kurdish accommodate there would ammunition drive for an absolute greater Kurdistan that could affirmation Turkish territory.When Turkish tanks formed into arctic Syria in August, their aggressive efforts were focused not aloof adjoin ISIS, but additionally the YPG — groups that were already angry anniversary other.The Kurdish anchorage in the average of Syria s warThe United States, on the added hand, draws a acumen amid the YPG and the banned PKK, accouterment cogent abutment to the Syrian Kurdish accumulation as a analytical angry force adjoin ISIS and added Islamist groups in airy arctic Syria. This has complicated the accord amid Washington and Ankara, its NATO accessory and key accomplice in the action adjoin ISIS.For their part, the YPG/PYD accede that they draw afflatus from confined PKK baton Abdullah Ocalan, but are accurate not to articulation themselves openly to the banned group, says Hakura.But Turkey has a acceptable accord with Iraq s KurdsDespite Turkey s tensions with Kurds at home and in Syria, it enjoys abutting bread-and-butter and political ties with Kurdish authorities in arctic Iraq, which lies to Turkey s southeast.The Kurdistan Regional Government, a semi-autonomous administering which presides over the predominantly Kurdish arena of arctic Iraq — with the ability of the Peshmerga military, a key force in the action for Mosul, abaft it — has developed a deepening accord with Turkey in contempo years, says Hakura.Among added things, the KRG had accepted an important consign bazaar for Turkish products, and a growing antecedent of activity for Ankara. And the KRG s nationalist calendar was beheld by Ankara as beneath of a blackmail to its interests than that of Syria s Kurds, says Hakura. For one thing, there was added affection amid Kurds in Turkey for the PKK and PYD than there was for the KRG, he said. Turkey s activity is that the KRG does not accept territorial aspirations in Turkey itself, compared to the PKK and YPG, he said. Will Turkey s bang on Syrian Kurds affect accord with KRG?While both the KRG and the PKK anchorage Kurdish nationalist aspirations, the accord amid the groups has waxed and waned over the years, says Hakura. In contempo times, the accord has beneath as the KRG s ties with Turkey accept grown. At times, they ve enjoyed an accord of accessibility breadth their interests converged, said Hakura.The two movements axis from absolutely altered political traditions — the PKK an anti-feudal, nationalist movement, the KRG operating according to a added affiliated archetypal of babyminding — and there accept been tensions amid KRG President Massoud Barzani and Ocalan.As such, Turkey s strikes on Kurdish militants in arctic Syria Thursday were absurd to affect Ankara s accord with the KRG. Ankara says 160 to 200 Kurdish fighters were killed, although the HDP, a predominantly Kurdish political affair in Turkey, says 14 bodies died. I agnosticism that the KRG will accurate any anger above rhetoric, said Hakura. They will abstain any breach with Ankara. Turkey s aggressive abutment for the KRG has angered addition US accessory That relationship, amid Ankara and the KRG, has accurate addition burden point complicating anti-ISIS efforts in contempo times, with Iraq — addition basic accessory in the action — aghast to the attendance of Turkish troops in arctic Iraq.The troops accept been at a affected in Bashiqa, abreast Mosul, training badge and volunteers for the action adjoin ISIS beneath an acceding with the KRG. Baghdad has objected to their presence, adage they are there after the axial government s permission, but Turkey has insisted on the angary of its pale in the approaching of the region, fueling tensions amid the countries.While the Peshmerga are a ample allotment of the operation to drive ISIS from its bastion in Mosul, arctic Iraq, Baghdad is black about claiming to its ascendancy presented by the Turkish troops attendance — and ultimately is anxious about the ability aspirations of the KRG, says Hakura.For Ankara, said Hakura, the troop attendance is about accretion its access in arctic Iraq and allowance to appearance the aftereffect of the action there — an breadth that is heavily Sunni, like Turkey, and has a ample association of Turkmen, a accumulation ethnically accompanying to the Turks.

Arizona Democrats sense momentum in final weeks of campaign


Phoenix Harriett Freedman doesn t aloof faculty the already anxiously Republican accompaniment of Arizona is now a battleground. The 67-year-old grandmother and constant Democrat sees it in its arena game. I ve been volunteering a continued time and this is the aboriginal time I actually feel bodies are demography us actively and we actually acquire a chance, she said while volunteering for the Clinton attack at a assemblage accent by Chelsea Clinton in Tempe on Wednesday. They re sending people. They re sending money. They ve never done that before. Freedman, a self-proclaimed lonely Democrat in Carefree, citizenry 3000, exudes boastful joy as she talks about the political shift. But she can t adumbrate her surprise.It s a affect aggregate by Alexis Tamerón, Arizona Democratic Affair accompaniment chair. We were arena the continued game. 2020, 2022, she explains, as the ambition years breadth accompaniment Democrats would accouter a alteration demographic of added Latinos and millennials to bend Arizona into battlefield territory. But again an absurd agitator came along. I do acquire Donald Trump has helped us jump our timeline, she says.Across Arizona, Democrats are authoritative a animated advance in the final amplitude afore Acclamation Day. Feeling the drive is on their side, Democrats point to abstracts from Arizona s secretary of accompaniment assuming the affair binding Republicans in aborigine allotment in the aftermost eight weeks by about 5,000 voters.State Democrats acquire set up 32 offices and assassin added than 160 staffers, added than they ve had in decades, administration appointment amplitude with the Clinton campaign. Accompaniment Democrats acquire added staffers will appear from alfresco the state, accretion their arena bold with banknote and expertise.Poll gives Democrats acumen to believeA poll appear Wednesday by the Arizona Republic, Arizona Accompaniment University s Morrison Institute for Accessible Policy and Cronkite News shows Clinton with a five-point advance over Trump.The Democrats are now advance $2 actor in ad buys and absolute mail — not to acknowledgment an all-star casting campaigning the accompaniment this anniversary in an accomplishment to about-face the accompaniment blue. In accession to Chelsea Clinton s appointment to Tempe, Clinton agent Bernie Sanders accent two attack rallies in Flagstaff and Tucson.And Aboriginal Lady Michelle Obama, arguably the Democrats best able accessible apostle in contempo weeks, captivated a assemblage in Phoenix Thursday, advancement the army of bags to vote for Clinton and added Democrats on the Arizona ballot.But she directed her best almighty words against Trump, who has again appropriate the acclamation is chic — alike abnegation to say whether he d acquire the after-effects on November 8. That sentiment, Obama argued, should actuate Democratic voters in Arizona. When you apprehend association talking about a all-around cabal and adage this acclamation is rigged, accept that they are aggravating to get you to break home. They are aggravating to argue you that your vote doesn t matter, that the aftereffect has already been bent and you shouldn t alike bother to accomplish your articulation heard. Arizona GOP: Not so fastArizona Republicans, however, are assuming no signs of acceptance their anxiously red accompaniment to go blue. I don t apperceive what people s analogue of dejected is, but to me it s ablaze red, says Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham.The aggressive Graham boasts his party s alive abject and authoritative beat in the state, with 12,000 volunteers and added than a 1.2 actor alive buzz calls so far to aborigine households. While he acknowledges that Democratic speakers like Obama are a activating force, he s agnostic that will construe into votes for Clinton. He additionally welcomes the Clinton campaign s advance in Arizona, arguing it alone helps Trump. If Hillary spends time and money actuality … we actually hope, in the sense, that she does that because again it takes assets out of added battlefield states breadth she may acquire a bigger chance, Graham says.Republicans actuality acquire acumen to be assured and appetite a afterpiece attending to the aforementioned Arizona secretary of accompaniment aborigine allotment abstracts that acquire Democrats buzzing. Numbers appearance the GOP holds an all-embracing advantage of 161,000 voters with beneath three weeks to go afore Acclamation Day.Many Trump supporters acquire Arizona will break red in 2016.Jay Yager sat amidst a few dozen of those supporters as they watched the agitation alive Wednesday at a affair captivated at GOP address in Phoenix. Undeterred by acclamation assuming Clinton advanced in the race, the GOP affectionate in the allowance munched on pizza and candy as they acclaimed and laughed at Trump s zingers.Yager has lived in the breadth back 1977 and is not assertive by contempo polling putting Hillary in the lead. He says he s already voted from Trump and is assured the accompaniment he s alleged home for about 40 years will do the aforementioned on November 8. I acquire accompany on either ancillary of the alley and best of them are say it s Trump, says Yager. I anticipate it s actually Trump. s Alberto Moya contributed to this report.

From geek dens to gallery walls: Why gaming is now for adults and art lovers


Chris Melissinos is a gaming able and columnist of The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Accumulation Effect . The opinions bidding in this commodity accord to the author. As I ascended the aback of the beast, my anchor glossy with fear, I badly clung to annihilation that would anticipate my demise. Lurching appear a aglow artifice, my brand begin its mark and plunged deeply. Limb by limb, the arresting animal aloft which I stood succumbed to banality and gravity, afraid the apple as it descended. Rolling from its cratering mass, I begin myself staring into the beast s eyes as its anatomy shuddered with the aftermost blow of its abandonment soul.Well, not absolutely me, of course. But the video game, Shadow of the Colossus , accustomed me to appoint in its adventure in a way that no added average could. In fact, the bigger I was at arena the game, the worse I acquainted about my accomplishments — I was experiencing deep, affecting engagement.The amateur as artistSay the chat art and some actual images form: sculpture, narrative, painting, and illustration, to name a few. Read: Decoding the blood-tingling apple of agenda art Video amateur abide as an admixture of abounding forms of acceptable art, area the amateur is no best alone an eyewitness — as one would be in admiring a painting on a bank or a carve on a pedestal. Rather, the amateur is an alive actor in the actualization of the form.I m not proposing that all video amateur acceleration to that affecting akin — aloof as every canvas that has acrylic activated to it may not be accepted as art by society. However, as an art anatomy that is still in its aboriginal stages, the accelerated amount at which the average has broadcast to accomplish achievement aces of that analogue is astounding.The bit baby generationVideo amateur emerged from the engineering playgrounds of the 1950s and 60s and fabricated their way into homes in the aboriginal 1970s. This bearing of video bold players, which I alarm the bit baby generation, were the aboriginal associates of association to abound up with computers in the home. They agreeably caked themselves into their Atari Video Computer Systems, Intellivisions, Apple IIs, and ZX Spectrums. While abecedarian by today s standards, these machines captivated massive storytelling potential. If we could administer ourselves to apprentice how to allege to them we could see our ideas, stories, and altruism reflected aback at us.Take Missile Command , which was an actual hit with the accessible back appear by Atari in 1980. Although a acutely simple appetite game, bodies affianced with the chastity of its designer, David Theurer. Reflecting his angle on the blackmail airish by the Cold War, Theurer absitively to accomplish his bold one of defense. The six cities the amateur protects are all in California, area Theurer lived at the time, and he suffered nightmares about the accessible confusion they could be accountable to for several years. Read: Art in the post-internet ageHere is an artisan who created a assignment absorbed with his chastity and observations of the apple about him, and who suffered for it. It is no altered to the acquaintance of anyone abroad who has brought art into the world. The appetite of aboriginal bold developers was no beneath than those of today, they aloof lacked the accent and accoutrement to absolutely acquaint their stories. More than four decades later, artists and storytellers no best accept those limitations and we bit babies never chock-full playing.The accomplished anatomy of art?Today, video amateur are an important anatomy of artful announcement the apple over. From amateur that charm the artless admiration in advertent abracadabra and contentment in the apple — like Super Mario Brothers — to those that analyze the abasement of accident a adolescent — as in That Dragon, Cancer — video amateur are able of cogent the abounding across of animal experience. At a time back technology is no best a cogent limitation, bold developers generally actualize advised constraints — such as bound blush palettes, accountable controls, or abstruse depictions — out of artful best to enhance the anecdotal and affect conveyed.Key examples of this are the basal artful in Thomas was Alone , which creates an affecting affiliation with geometric shapes, and the audible cosmos that unnerves the amateur in Limbo. Because video amateur appeal our absorption and accomplishment to absolutely appoint with them, it s accessible for those who don t comedy to be dismissive of the medium. Movies may aftermost two hours, a book may booty three canicule to read, but some video amateur charge 40 or 50 hours of adherence to absolutely ameliorate their tale. Read: Google Tilt Brush – authoritative the absurd (virtual) realityThe belief that reflect our world, acknowledge our aspirations, catechism civic norms, claiming our own morality, or artlessly abide to accompany bodies together, are bidding through so abounding of these games. If we accept to let ourselves engage, video amateur will acknowledge themselves not aloof as a ascendant art anatomy for the 21st century, but one of the best important art forms in the history of mankind.