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James M Dorsey

Turkish football supports Erdogan’s war against the Kurds

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party in forthcoming snap elections. With armed Kurdish youth effectively taking control of at least one predominantly Kurdish city …

James M. Dorsey

Re-configuring the Middle East: IS and changing demographics

  By James M. Dorsey The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving “Islamic State” (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region. Once a relatively ethnically homogeneous autonomous region, Iraqi Kurdistan has seen its demography change radically as large numbers of Arab refugees pour into what was once an independent …

James M. Dorsey

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish minorities push for autonomy

By James M. Dorsey More than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that has conquered chunks of Syria and Iraq, for Kobani, a stone’s throw from the Syrian-Turkish border, symbolises …

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

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 their shared aim is to contain the offensive of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). For Iran, fragmentation …

The “Islamic State” in Iraq (IS) published a new video on Tuesday showing the graphic killing of 16 people in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.


Iraq presses counter-offensive as US deploys warship

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.

The head of the army's 12th division and the Tigris Operations Command, Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi, adresses troops in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. (AFP PHOTO / Marwan Ibrahim)

Iraq PM warns Kurd security forces to stay put

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

People stand near armoured vehicles of Turkish military stationed in front of Gecimli military outpost where Kurdish rebels attacked and killed 6 soldiers and 2 village guard on 5 August at Cukurca in Hakkari AFP PHOTO / STR

Turkey reports PKK casualties

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

Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurdish issue

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 neighboring states. The strategies chosen by the regime to fight off the challenge against it have intensified sectarian divisions. A …

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