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The foreigner’s gift: Why Iran would gain from US military intervention in Iraq

  /  June 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Michael Young What does one make of the apparent rapprochement between the United States and Iran over Iraq? It’s difficult to say, principally because both countries have very different agendas in the country, even if read the rest…

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Iraq presses counter-offensive as US deploys warship

  /  June 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

The militants, spearheaded by the powerful jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have overrun all of one province and chunks of three more since they launched their offensive late last Monday.

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Iran president visits Turkey hoping to fix troubled ties

  /  June 9, 2014  /  Politics  /  48 Comments

Rouhani will meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, where the powerful neighbours are expected to discuss security concerns as well as trade opportunities.

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Kurdish rebels ramp up pressure ahead of Turkey vote

  /  June 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  35 Comments

Erdogan is widely expected to run, but to win he needs support from the country’s Kurdish minority, who make up one fifth of the population and form a majority in the southeast.

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New Kurdish opposition group calls for Iran dialogue

  /  May 6, 2014  /  Politics  /  3 Comments

They dubbed it the “Organisation of Free and Democratic Society for East Kurdistan,” abbreviated to KODAR.

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Iraq criticises Kurds over oil ‘grey area’

  /  February 1, 2014  /  Business  /  No Comments

Baghdad argues that all oil sales must be overseen by the central government, and regards any independent exports as tantamount to smuggling.

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Kurdish rebels begin pullout from Turkey

  /  May 9, 2013  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

A major step towards ending a decades-long conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people

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Dozens die as Kurds, rebels clash in northern Syria

  /  November 20, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

At least 122 people were killed nationwide on Monday in Syria

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Iraq PM warns Kurd security forces to stay put

  /  November 19, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Kurdish leaders want to expand their autonomous region across a swathe of territory that stretches from Iraq’s eastern border with Iran to its western frontier with Syria

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Attack in east Turkey: seven dead

  /  September 18, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Kidnappings and attacks on civilians: PKK hardliners gaining upper hand

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Turkey receives terrorist threats related to the Syrian crisis

  /  August 22, 2012  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, threatened to exercise “counter measures”

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Turkish parliamentarian kidnapped by rebels

  /  August 13, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Kurdish forces draw attention amidst a military offensive

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Turkey reports PKK casualties

  /  August 7, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Erdogan, has in recent weeks accused the regime in Syria of giving Kurdish rebels a free hand in the north of the country

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Iraq government condemns visit of Turkish FM

  /  August 2, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

The Baghdad government says the visit underestimates “national sovereignty and violate the rules of international relations”

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Syria rebel alliance leaves Al-Qaeda out

  /  July 28, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Links between Al-Qaeda and rebels fall flat while Kurd alliance is more fractured than it seems

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Turkish military raids Kurdish rebels killing 15

  /  July 26, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

The tense situation with the country’s Kurds is exacerbated by Turkey’s policies toward Syria

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The battle for control in Syria

and   /  July 21, 2012  /  Politics  /  3 Comments

As the battle for the capital is underway Syria’s Kurds have emerged as the factor that tipped the scales

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Turkish police crack down on Kurdish rally

  /  July 16, 2012  /  Politics, Region  /  No Comments

Riot police used water cannons and tear gas on Kurdish protesters armed with stones

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Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurdish issue

  /  March 27, 2012  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Soli Ozel Syria, as always, is more than just Syria. The outcome of the deepening civil war or the violent fragmentation of the country will have a bearing on developments in the region, particularly for read the rest…

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