Not much information yet as I write this at suppertime on a Friday night but preliminary reports have 100 or more hostages taken and about 100 dead at another location, plus some other stuff we don't have the details on yet!
On a personal note: I think the Kurds should be getting some more help, AND THANKS, than they receive now from Western governments, and Obama should get together with the European Nations and quietly (Be wery, wery, quiet!) get all the special forces from the NATO countries together and discreetly start murdering all these terrorist running around the Middle East! (Don't advertise it ....., don't even mention it, just let all the fanatics think the wrath of God is descending on them as a retaliation for their wicked ways!!!!)
Some notes from the Internet!
Former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer argues that terrorist attacks (specifically al-Qaeda attacks on America) are not motivated by a religiously inspired hatred of American culture or religion, but by the belief that U.S. foreign policy has oppressed, killed, or otherwise harmed Muslims in the Middle East, condensed in the phrase "They hate us for what we do, not who we are." U.S. foreign policy actions Scheuer believes are fueling Islamic terror include: the U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq; Israel–United States relations, namely, financial, military, and political support for Israel; U.S. support for "apostate" police states in Muslim nations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, and Kuwait; U.S. support for the creation of an independent East Timor from territory previously held by Muslim Indonesia; perceived U.S. approval or support of actions against Muslim insurgents in India, the Philippines, Chechnya, and Palestine; U.S. troops on Muslim 'holy ground' in Saudi Arabia; the Western world's religious discrimination against Muslim immigrants; historical justification, such as the Crusades.
(Note: Especially the Sykes–Picot Agreement, officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, which was a secret agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and France, with the assent of Russia, defining their proposed spheres of influence and control in the Middle East should the Triple Entente succeed in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I.