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  • Oil, budgets, Kirkuk still nag Baghdad-Erbil relations / Omar Sattar

    Meetings last month between representatives of Iraq's federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil failed to produce any clear resolutions of their ongoing differences.

    05:07 PM
  • 4th Slemani International Film Festival to be held in October4th Slemani International Film Festival to be held in October

    The Fourth Slemani International Film Festival is planned to be started on October 1 and would welcome famous artists from around the world.

    08:03 PM
  • Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani wins Australian biography prizeKurdish writer Behrouz Boochani wins Australian biography prize

    Kurdish-Iranian writer and refugee Behrouz Boochani, who has been held in Australian migration detention on Manus Island since 2013, has won Australia's National Biography Award for his memoir - No Friend But the Mountains.

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  • Kurds and Arabs in northeast Syria: power struggle or power sharing? / Amy Austin Holmes Wladimir van Wilgenburg

    The victory of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the Islamic State caliphate in March has left the SDF in effective control of one-third of Syria. Encompassing 20,698 square miles of northern and eastern Syria, it is a large terrain about the size of West Virginia, or three times the size of Kuwait. Some five million people live there, including Arabs, Kurds, Syriac-Assyrian-Chaldean Christians, as well as Yazidis and Turkmen. Stabilizing and rebuilding this diverse and complex region may prove even more difficult than defeating ISIS.

    01:26 PM
  • How 2016 coup attempt led Turkey to buy Russian air defenses / Kadri GurselHow 2016 coup attempt led Turkey to buy Russian air defenses / Kadri Gursel

    Turkey’s reception of the first batch of the S-400 strategic air defense systems from Russia last month was loaded with symbolism that offers clues on why Ankara made the controversial purchase and the threat perception that prompted the move. In reverse order of importance, they could be listed as follows:

    12:51 PM
  • Is this a new era in Turkey's fight against PKK? / Metin Gurcan

    On July 17, Turkey was shaken by news of the assassination of a Turkish diplomat on duty abroad. The assassination may signal the opening of a new phase in the bloody 35-year-old conflict between Turkey and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey — along with several Western powers, including the United States — considers a terrorist organization.

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  • U.S. safe zone deal can help Turkey come to terms with the PKK and YPG / Soner CagaptayU.S. safe zone deal can help Turkey come to terms with the PKK and YPG / Soner Cagaptay

    Checking the YPG’s ascendance in Syria could bring the PKK back to the negotiating table, ultimately making Turkey more amenable to Kurdish enclaves across the border.

    08:14 AM
  • Expert predicts dangerous PKK- Turkey army clashes in Kurdistan RegionExpert predicts dangerous PKK- Turkey army clashes in Kurdistan Region

    A member of the Iraqi parliament foreign commission believes there will be dangerous and threatening clashes between the forces of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq as the war between the two sides has escalated and stated Ankara is needed to resume the stalled peace talks with the Kurdish parties in the country and give its Kurds their rights in a peaceful way.

    03:57 PM
  • Iraqi Kurds actively support Ankara’s fight against the PKK / Metin GurcanIraqi Kurds actively support Ankara’s fight against the PKK / Metin Gurcan

    Turkey’s National Security Council said in a statement last week that a cross-border military crackdown on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq was “continuing successfully.” The statement stressed that operations Claw-1 and Claw-2, which began in late May and mid-July, respectively, would continue until Hakurk is “fully cleansed” of the PKK.

    03:43 PM
  • Can Syrian Kurds’ offer unlock door to compromise with Turkey? / Fehim TastekinCan Syrian Kurds’ offer unlock door to compromise with Turkey? / Fehim Tastekin

    In early July, just as an international conference on the Islamic State (IS) was under way in the northeastern Syrian city of Amuda, Turkey amassed tanks at the border again, signaling resolve to enter the Kurdish-held territory east of the Euphrates. The rumbles of tanks, however, no longer give anyone the shivers. They are widely seen as Turkey’s way of turning up pressure on Washington as bargaining continues on a planned safe zone along the border. And while threats have become workaday, the field of diplomacy has witnessed a remarkable Kurdish overture.

    03:22 PM
  • Turkish businesses do roaring trade in Iraqi Kurdistan / Dicle EşiyokTurkish businesses do roaring trade in Iraqi Kurdistan / Dicle Eşiyok

    News that tourists from Iraqi Kurdistan had been attacked in Turkey’s northern province of Trabzon this month and deported for wearing scarves and clothes bearing emblems of Kurdistan may have given the impression of high tension between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government that controls the Kurdish north of Iraq.

    12:15 AM
  • Turkey’s Kurdish problem—predicting Ankara’s next steps / Connor DilleenTurkey’s Kurdish problem—predicting Ankara’s next steps / Connor Dilleen

    Since the renewal of hostilities between the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) forces in mid-2015, following a two-year ceasefire, the conflict has claimed around 4,500 lives, adding to approximately 40,000 casualties since the 1980s. Although the PKK bears responsibility for breaking the ceasefire, Turkey has since pursued an escalating campaign of offensive military operations against Kurdish groups in Turkey and neighbouring Iraq and Syria. Ankara has also re-instituted oppressive security controls targeting Kurds and renewed repression of Kurdish language, culture and identity.

    11:12 AM
  • Erdogan's war wounds / Hannah Lucinda Smith

    As he cosies up to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, and picks fights with Europe and the United States, it can be hard to recall that Recep Tayyip Erdogan was once the West’s poster boy for Islamic democracy.

    10:53 AM
  • Turkey's Delicate Dance in Iraqi KurdistanTurkey's Delicate Dance in Iraqi Kurdistan

    On July 17, a Turkish diplomat was shot and killed in eastern Arbil, the capital of Iraq's northern Kurdish region. The assassination was likely perpetrated by a sympathizer of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, the Kurdish group that Turkey has been targeting in regional military operations for decades. Ankara's high-risk tolerance will serve it well in the months ahead, as it continues to prioritize building its Iraqi-Kurdish ties — taking advantage of the economic leverage it wields over the newly formed Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). But just how much violence and political backlash Turkey can endure to prevent the formation of an independent Kurdish state will be tested because the risks in the region, as evidenced by the latest incident, remain as high as ever.

    03:08 PM
  • Turkey threatens Syria invasion as US sanctions loom / Ayla Jean YackleyTurkey threatens Syria invasion as US sanctions loom / Ayla Jean Yackley

    Tensions between NATO allies Turkey and the United States continue to simmer this week as Ankara uses the threat of an incursion into Syria and Washington weighs economic sanctions to pressure each other to step back from the brink of a diplomatic crisis.

    09:20 AM
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