The US military has cut troop levels in Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the war in the country began, the Pentagon announced Friday, January 15.
While claiming loyalty to the ruling party, Turkish nationalist leader Devlet Bahceli is squeezing the president by demanding the outright banning of the pro-Kurdish HDP.
- Kurds fear 'everything will change' if Turkey, Syria reconcile
- PYD says political way is only solution to crisis in Syria
- KDP says there is no alliance between party and Sadrist Movement
- Iraq PM Kadhimi discusses security with NATO secretary-general
- Iraqi court summons oil minister over corruption charges
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In countries where the administrative system properly functions with its institutions and rule of law; and where the “reasonable social majority” recognizes the value of political ethics, the tradition of critical expression by the media and public intellectuals is considered part of the natural flow.
Will the Iraqi Kurds be a collateral victim of the war in Ukraine? In and around Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Islamic State is back. It’s raising its head in Sulaymaniyah. It’s retaking its positions in the caves and tunnels of the Qaraqosh mountains. Along the old Sector 6 front, around Gwer, on a daily basis, ISIS tests the capacity of Gen. Sirwan Barzani, a leader of the Peshmerga, the regional military force.
Iraq came close to civil war but stepped back from the brink last week.
Politicians have failed to form a new government nearly a year after the last elections. Baghdad just saw its worst militia clashes in years. And despite vast oil wealth, the state can’t provide basic services.
Infighting within the major alliance of six Turkish opposition parties over the role of the country’s largest pro-Kurdish group has the ruling party palpably gleeful.
Prof Birgit Ammann believes it has to be made clear that there is also a lot of serious critique against both the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the People's Defense Units (YPG) and their political environment- within and outside the Kurdish communities and that that the ban of both groups is totally outdated in Germany. A professor from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, she also said it is virtually impossible and unnecessary to figure the number of the Kurds in the world because Kurds do not need a number to justify their claims.
The Kurdish National Council announced it would hold its fourth congress after several years of delay.
A member of the central committee of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (P.D.K.S), stated: Turkey did not receive a message for a ground attack from Russia and the United States, but it wants to make dissatisfaction among the people by destabilizing the situation in northern Syria.
Dr. Zheger Hassan believes Turkey has a lot of influence in the Kurdistan Region and as a result, there is no need to add it to its own soil.
The head of the Kurdish Democratic Day Party in Syria stated: The self-governing administration is a successful example of democracy in the war-torn Syria, and Turkey does not want to see the existence of another Kurdish region on its borders.
Many Kurds in Syria have said that they could lose their newfound rights if Syria's government reconciles with Turkey.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) published a statement on the anniversary of its founding, saying that the solution based on democratic principles is the only way out of the current crisis in Syria.
A member of the Political Bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Jaafar Ibrahim Eminki , said on Thursday, September 22, relations between the KDP and the Sadrist Movement did not indicate an alliance.
Iraqi Prime Minster Mustafa al-Kadhimi met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for a discussion on Iraq’s security and stability, including NATO support for the country’s security forces.
Iraq needs to distance itself from a "past that is full of violence" toward a future based on dialogue, said Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor.