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  • Once upon a time, there were Kurds / Nurcan BaysalOnce upon a time, there were Kurds / Nurcan Baysal

    Visiting my hometown of Diyarbakir last week, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, Binali Yildirim, said that when Turkey’s parliament was first established, “a Kurdistan deputy” was among those invited to participate by the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Yet for years, many people, including myself, have been subject to investigation for using the term Kurdistan.

    02:03 AM
  • Turkey warns France over ties with Syrian Kurdish forcesTurkey warns France over ties with Syrian Kurdish forces

    Turkey has warned France over its ties with the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), a group Ankara considers as terrorist, reiterating its concerns that support to the group would pose great risk to the unity and territorial integrity of Syria.

    10:52 AM
  • Islamic State in Iraq is not over yet / Ali MamouriIslamic State in Iraq is not over yet / Ali Mamouri

    Several terrorist attacks occurred across Iraq during Eid al-Fitr celebrations, raising concerns of a resurgence of the Islamic State (IS).

    09:06 PM
  • No peace process in Turkey while Erdogan in charge: PKKNo peace process in Turkey while Erdogan in charge: PKK

    A renewed peace process to resolve Turkey’s more than three-decade-old Kurdish conflict is not possible while the country is ruled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist party and its far-right coalition allies, said Remzi Kartal, the co-chair of the Kurdistan People's Congress (Kongra-Gel), also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    01:27 PM
  • How Iraq’s Kurds are failing to come together over their new presidentHow Iraq’s Kurds are failing to come together over their new president

    Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), was elected president by the semi-autonomous region’s parliament in a session that was boycotted by the main opposition party.

    11:34 AM
  • Why is Russia the winner in the S-400 crisis?/  Mehmet Efe ÇamanWhy is Russia the winner in the S-400 crisis?/ Mehmet Efe Çaman

    You do not have to be a weapons expert to understand that the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles that will be delivered and stationed somewhere in Turkey this summer are targeting Ankara’s relations with the US and NATO. The purchase of these missiles is obviously more complex than just a choice about a defense system. The US and Turkey are experiencing a far-reaching breakdown in their relationship, and it is uncertain if this relationship will ever recover. The dispute over the Turkish regime’s decision to buy these sophisticated Russian weapons is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Ankara’s transition from Turkey’s traditional Western orientation and its role in the Euro-Atlantic defense community. Since a military coup attempt in 2016 by Turkish officials and the state-controlled Turkish media, the US and some other key Western allies such as Germany have been gradually accused of being the real perpetrators of the unsuccessful coup.

    11:12 AM
  • Turkey says delivery of S-400 systems may be delayed after JuneTurkey says delivery of S-400 systems may be delayed after June

    The delivery of Russian-made S-400 systems to Turkey might be delayed until after June, but they would be deployed in the following months, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on late May 27.

    10:26 AM
  • How viable is Turkey’s bid for military partnership with Iraq? / Fehim TastekinHow viable is Turkey’s bid for military partnership with Iraq? / Fehim Tastekin

    During Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s recent visit to Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the prospect of a security and military cooperation accord between the two neighbors, generating some rather splashy headlines in the media. Though Turkey and Iraq have put nothing on paper yet, the mere declaration of intent to resolve problems that have kept them at loggerheads in recent years has created an air of a new beginning. Security cooperation, however, is not a new topic for them. Turkey and Iraq signed a security deal in 2008, but it has had little effect on the ground. And the stumbling blocks in bilateral ties remain tough, calling for more tempered expectations.

    12:28 AM
  • Barham Salih, Zarif discuss reduction of tension in regionBarham Salih, Zarif discuss reduction of tension in region

    Iraqi President Barham Salih and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Saturday discussed “prevention of war and reduction of tension in the region,” according to an official statement.

    08:10 PM
  • Barham Salih can be a good mediator between Iran and US: analystBarham Salih can be a good mediator between Iran and US: analyst

    A Kurdistan Region political analyst believes Iraqi President Barham Salih is a proper person to mediate between Iran and the U.S. as tensions between the two sides is high.

    11:23 PM
  • Turkey Kurds: The bitter politics of the football pitch / Cagil Kasapoglu

    If ethnic tensions in Turkey are reflected on the football pitch, then Amedspor and their Kurdish following are at the very centre of the field.

    08:49 AM
  • Iranian National Oil Company opens office in Iraq / Adnan Abu ZeedIranian National Oil Company opens office in Iraq / Adnan Abu Zeed

    The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) decided May 4 to open an economic representative office in Iraq. The decision was made during a meeting bringing together executives at Iraq’s Oil Ministry and Iranian oil industry equipment producers, on the sidelines of the Iran Oil Show 2019.

    10:45 PM
  • Turkey polishes Iraqi relations, champions Turkmen in politics / Dana Taib MenmyTurkey polishes Iraqi relations, champions Turkmen in politics / Dana Taib Menmy

    In addition to discussing bilateral relations and an energy deal on his visit to Iraq April 28-29, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the issue of Turkmen participation in the government.

    10:28 PM
  • Turkey and Russia on collision course over Kurdish militia in Syria

    The latest developments in Syria’s Idlib and Tal Rifaat point to challenges in the Turkish-Russian bid in Syria amid Ankara’s ongoing concerns about the presence of Kurdish militia  in the region, wrote analyst Serkan Demirtas in pro-government Hurriyet Daily News on Saturday.

    11:12 AM
  • Kurds, Damascus agreement is still likely, expert tells KurdpressKurds, Damascus agreement is still likely, expert tells Kurdpress

    An Australian-based free-lance writer believes Syria President Bashar al-Assad is not ready to accept autonomy for the Kurds in the north of the country but there is still the possibility of an agreement between the Kurds and Damascus.

    10:13 AM
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