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  • As Iraq's protests continue, is political solution on the horizon? / Ali MamouriAs Iraq's protests continue, is political solution on the horizon? / Ali Mamouri

    Iraq's current situation has come to resemble a tangled ball of yarn, with new complications and complexities arising daily.

    10:27 AM
  • Why a U.S. military base in Iraqi Kurdistan is a bad idea / Michael Rubin

    President Donald Trump met in Davos, Switzerland, with both Iraqi Kurdish President Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi President Barham Salih. Looming large in their talks was Iraq’s political future, Iran, and U.S. alliances in the region. Behind-the-scenes, much of the talk appears to center on a Trump administration push to forgo any more investment in Iraq, and to instead double down militarily in Iraqi Kurdistan. It’s a bad idea.

    08:54 AM
  • Kurdistan Region's military weakness main reason behind its dependence on US

    The Foundation for Research and Supervision believes that the lack of military capabilities is behind the dependence of Iraqi Kurdistan on the US military presence in the Kurdish region. 

    08:38 AM
  • What’s Next in the U.S. Security Relationship with the Iraqi Kurds? / Nicholas A. HerasWhat’s Next in the U.S. Security Relationship with the Iraqi Kurds? / Nicholas A. Heras

    Iraq’s instability and the ever-present threat of ISIS mean that the security partnership between the United States and the Kurdistan Regional Government will continue to be an important feature of American counterterrorism policy for years to come.

    02:10 PM
  • Qassem Soleimani, the eastern Ernesto Che Guevara / Mohammad HadifarQassem Soleimani, the eastern Ernesto Che Guevara / Mohammad Hadifar

    Two fighters, two guerrillas and two liberals on two sides of the earth. one in the far west and the other in the eastern part of the earth. One a villager who has been working as a builder since childhood to become the Middle East Liberation Architecture and another chose to become a physician in order to solve the chronic pain of colonialism in South America.

    01:43 PM
  • None of Ankara and Damascus welcome Kurdish actions in northern Syria: expertNone of Ankara and Damascus welcome Kurdish actions in northern Syria: expert

    Dr. Nickolas Panayiotides believes both Ankara and Damascus are against Kurdish achievements in the north of Syria and there is convergence of interests between the two sides in regard with Kurdish actions in the region and neither country wanted the “Rojava democratic experiment” to succeed.

    09:48 AM
  • The Future of Northeastern Syria: In Conversation with SDF Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi / Wladimir van WilgenburgThe Future of Northeastern Syria: In Conversation with SDF Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi / Wladimir van Wilgenburg

    With the latest unexpected escalation between Iran and the United States in Iraq, the ongoing challenges of Syria have, for the moment, become a less-discussed point of regional tension. However, for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which precariously continues to control an autonomous region of Northeastern Syria, the last few months have tested the organization’s hold over the region.

    10:24 AM
  • TurkStream gas pipeline will bring Moscow, Ankara closer than ever / Diego CupoloTurkStream gas pipeline will bring Moscow, Ankara closer than ever / Diego Cupolo

    Following a visit to Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin will join his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday to open the TurkStream gas pipeline, a major energy project that analysts say will deepen ties between the two nations and expand Moscow’s political leverage in the region.

    11:04 PM
  • United States is our ally and Iran is our neighbor: Barham Salih*United States is our ally and Iran is our neighbor: Barham Salih*

    The U.S. assassination of Qassem Suleimani, the mastermind of Tehran’s foreign military operations, in Baghdad last week, suddenly made Iraq the front line in tensions between the United States and Iran. Barham Salih, a British-educated Kurd who spent years representing his party in Washington, was elected President of Iraq in 2018. Salih has been increasingly concerned about Iraq’s vulnerability since the Trump Administration blamed Iran for an air strike that damaged more than a dozen strategic oil installations in Saudi Arabia, in September. I’ve known Salih for more than a quarter century, including when he was in Washington and later when he became the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq. We began a conversation in September, at the U.N. General Assembly, about the danger that Iraq will become a war zone—again—only this time between the United States and Iran. I checked in with him again on Sunday to update 

    12:30 AM
  • Turkish offensive in northeast Syria uproots farmers, families / Lamar Erkendi

    Syrian farmers are suffering under the invasion of Turkey and its loyal armed Syrian factions against the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). 

    07:58 AM
  • Erdogan desires to turn Turkey into a military power: analysisErdogan desires to turn Turkey into a military power: analysis

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned Turkey from a peaceful country with exciting economic ambitions, to a military power, but his ambitions are dependent on external funding, prominent journalist Abdulrahman Al-Rashed said in an op-ed in Asharq al-Awsat. 

    10:27 AM
  • Rojava Information Center, a media bridge to the world outside / Marta BellingreriRojava Information Center, a media bridge to the world outside / Marta Bellingreri

     “I didn’t want to come to Syria for two weeks and then leave,” Thomas McClure, a young freelance journalist from Manchester, England, told Al-Monitor. “I was interested in northeastern Syria’s political project. I wanted to do more research and to contribute to the media field.” To that end, McClure, along with Joan Garcia, Koni Docolomansky and Chloé Troadec, co-founded the Rojava Information Center (RIC), an independent media organization celebrating its one-year anniversary this month.

    08:14 PM
  • Kurdish singers follow in the footsteps of dengbej-singing ancestors / Fréderike Geerdink

    When you grow up with dengbej, as is the case with all Kurds who were born and raised on their ancestral lands, it will be part of you for the rest of your life. For Kurdish singers, that is even more the case.

    07:59 AM
  • Turkey’s Kurdish policy returns to repressive plan from 1925 / Dr. Adnan Selçuk Mizrakli*Turkey’s Kurdish policy returns to repressive plan from 1925 / Dr. Adnan Selçuk Mizrakli*

    Decades of attempting to solve the Kurdish issue with denial, repression, assimilation and destruction have led Turkey to a dead end. The issue has remained festering since Ottoman times, with a century of rebellions keeping it on the country's agenda. Yet it remains misunderstood by the majority of the country.

    08:07 AM
  • Kurdish commander calls on Trump to prevent ‘ethnic cleansing’ / Lara SeligmanKurdish commander calls on Trump to prevent ‘ethnic cleansing’ / Lara Seligman

    Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has a message for U.S. President Donald Trump: The United States must act now to bring Turkey in line with the terms of the U.S.-brokered cease-fire agreement and stop Ankara’s campaign to drive the vulnerable Kurdish minority out of Syria.

    10:58 AM
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