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Al-Abadi threatens; Erdoğan warns of war; Iran spreads missiles
US, UN express regret as media highlights oil market, raising of Israeli flag
Iraq, Turkey aim at preventing Kurdistan’s oil exports
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Egyptian companies will showcase their products for free for the first two years
Turkish troops have reportedly killed a teenager and injured dozens of protesters after firing into Syrian Kurdistan. The people gathered were demonstrating against the building of a border wall on their land.
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 …
Foreign minister warns against threat of descent into sectarian conflict and terrorism in the region
Baghdad argues that all oil sales must be overseen by the central government, and regards any independent exports as tantamount to smuggling.
Iraq’s federal government in Baghdad and Kurdistan have long been at odds over how to share the region’s vast energy wealth, a dispute which is seen as impeding the development of new energy projects.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, in turn, accused the PKK of breaking its promises, saying that barely 20% of its fighters had left Turkish soil for bases in Iraqi Kurdistan and most were women, children and the elderly.
The nationality of contestants on Arab Idol 2 drew comments from politicians as well as sparking huge social media debates.
By James M. Dorsey A decision by European football body UEFA granting Gibraltar the right of membership potentially opens the door to Kurdistan to seek association with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in a move that would acknowledge demands for increased autonomy and the possible shifting of national borders in the Middle East as a …
Part of plan to increase Egyptian exports to new markets
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
Iraq aiming to create new unifying national symbols
Total penned a deal for Halfaya with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil at the end of 2009
The Baghdad government says the visit underestimates “national sovereignty and violate the rules of international relations”