Masoud Barzani

Will Israel use Daesh threat to invade Palestinian lands?

There may be a more henious purpose behind Trump's Jerusalem move, which is to target the Palestinian cause by trying to portray Palestinians as …

Middle East

President Trump’s Jerusalem decision risks uniting the entire Arab world against the US

President Trump and the Israeli government will have foreseen and discounted a Palestinian “day of rage” and protests among Muslims everywhere in the …

Middle East

Erbil: Deploying Federal Forces in Disputed Areas Is not a Victory

A statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi drew strong protest in Erbil, after he had claimed that deploying federal forces in disputed …

Middle East

Network Take: Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

<i>The Cipher Brief reached out to network experts retired Amb. James Jeffrey and CIA veterans John Bennett and</i> <i>Emile Nakhleh for their thoughts on the</i> …

Israel

Gorran's Haval Abubakir finally takes office as Sulaimani Governor

Haval Abubakir from Gorran Movement, the new Sulaimani governor, December 4, 2017. Photo: NRT<p><b>SULAIMANI</b>, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The long-in-waiting …

Iraq

Iraqi Kurds still love US despite its opposition to Kurdish independence, says Kurdish leader

ERBIL, Iraq – U.S. opposition to an independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds will not break a long-standing alliance between the stateless community and the United States, the Kurdish prime minister says.<p>While Washington opposed the September 2017 referendum for independence, Kurdish Prime Minister …

World News

France's Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called for Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government-sanctioned, Iran-backed Popular …

Middle East

Macron Meets Kurdish PM, to Call on Abadi to Hold Dialogue

French President Emmanuel Macron revealed on Saturday that he will inform Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of concessions that Kurdish officials …

Middle East

How ISIL changed the oil map of Iraq

The rise of ISIL and the fall of Mosul drastically changed the balance of oil and power in Iraq.<p>The last three years dramatically reshaped the oil map in Iraq, OPEC's second-largest producer. The dust from the military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as …

Iraq

May meets Iraqi PM Abadi in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May met with her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad on Wednesday, an Iraqi government spokesman said, her first visit to Iraq since coming to power last year.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets British troops and watches training …

Theresa May

Drought and Neglect Have Decimated Iraq’s Breadbasket

East of the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, malls and high-rise apartments give way to cement-block factories, warehouses, and junkyards. Tucked …

Business

The new great game in the Middle East

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Iran has become ever more powerful in the region. But now a new Saudi-led alliance is fighting back. Are we …

Middle East

‘Slow, painful death’ of Yazidi woman’s body and soul while enslaved by the Islamic State

<i>Alia Malek is a journalist and the author of “The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria” and “A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives.”</i><p>The Islamic State’s attempt to exterminate the Yazidi people of Iraq did not involve only murder. When the militants swept …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Could Canada de-escalate tensions between the Kurds and Baghdad?

<i>Zheger Hassan is adjunct professor of political science at King's University College in London, Ont., and co-director of MENARG at the University of Western Ontario</i><p>After a failed independence referendum and subsequent military clashes with Baghdad, Iraqi Kurdistan is lobbying the international …

Iraqi Kurdistan

World Digest: Nov. 21, 2017

IRAQ<p>32 killed in bombing in disputed town in north<p>A suicide bomber in a pickup truck killed 32 people Tuesday at a marketplace in an Iraqi town claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional authorities, Iraqi officials said.<p>The explosion in Tuz Khurmatu also wounded at …

Baja California Peninsula

Kurds, Warning of Hostilities in Iraq, Appeal for a U.S. Envoy

WASHINGTON—The Iraqi Kurdish government has asked the U.S. to appoint a special envoy to mediate a deepening and potentially dangerous dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the semiautonomous Kurdish region, a top Kurdish official said Monday.<p>Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of foreign …

U.S. Politics

Suicide bombing kills 32 in contested town in Iraq, officials say

BAGHDAD—A suicide bomber detonated his pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32 people on Tuesday evening at a marketplace in an Iraqi town …

Haider al-Abadi

Irbil Express Reservations on Iraqi Court Decision to Annul Referendum

The Iraqi Kurdistan Region expressed on Monday its reservations on an Iraqi Federal Court rule, stipulating that the September 25 Kurdish …

Middle East

Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that a referendum held on Kurdish independence was unconstitutional and that the results of the vote were void, a court spokesman said.<p>Kurds voted overwhelmingly to break away from Iraq in a referendum held on Sept. 25, defying the …

World News

Iraq's Surprise: The Persistence of Democracy

In the years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, American promises of turning the country into a model democracy, spreading freedom across the Middle East, have often seemed like cruel mockery. By the time the U.S. withdrew in 2011, Iraq had been ravaged by bloody insurgencies and sectarian …

Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan: Post-Independence Referendum

On September 25th, against the urging of the United States and other allies, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) held an independence referendum …

Iraq

Why Did Israel Support the Kurdish Referendum?

An independent Kurdistan would have created the possibility for Israel to reap a major strategic advantage: a well-positioned ally.Israel was alone …

Middle East

Isis has been infiltrated by Iraqi spies to stop attacks says country's interior minister

Iraq is said to be at its most peaceful since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.<p>Iraq has spies in Isis sleeper cells who are thwarting bomb …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iraqi spies have infiltrated Isis 'sleeper cells' to prevent future terror attacks, says minister

Violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, as Isis loses its base areas and its bombing attacks …

Iraqi Kurdistan

World Digest: Nov. 16, 2017

CAMBODIA<p>High court dissolves main opposition party<p>Cambodia’s Supreme Court ordered the country’s main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state.<p>The decision means Prime …

Carles Puigdemont

Iraq’s Central Bank reverses decision to close banks in Kurdish region

Iraq’s Central Bank yesterday cancelled its previous decision to close branches of private banks in the Kurdish region of the country, the <i>Anadolu</i> …

Middle East

Iraqi Parties Welcome Kurdish Announcement, Abadi Anticipates Barzani's Stance

Despite political parties in Baghdad welcoming Iraqi Kurdistan government acceptance of the Federal Court interpretation, a source close to the Iraqi …

Middle East

How the US did Iran a favour in the Middle East

US policies in Iraq have helped establish a "two-Iran" reality in the region.<p>Kurdish aspirations for independence in Iraq faced the obstinate resistance of both regional and international actors which favoured the territorial integrity of Iraq. The rationale for their stance was that the …

Geopolitics

Was Israel wrong to support Kurdish independence?

Erbil is now paying the price for its mistake.<p>Israel was alone in its support for the Iraqi Kurdish referendum in September, and it has since become …

Kurdish pawn sacrificed on the Middle East chessboard - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

<b></b> <br>Polls, referendums and declarations of independence have become a 21st century fashion, but none can claim much success. South Sudan has been a …

Middle East