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Tough days ahead for Syrian refugees as anti-migrant sentiment grows in Turkey / Turkmen TerziMonday 9 May 2022

Tough days ahead for Syrian refugees as anti-migrant sentiment grows in Turkey / Turkmen Terzi

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been in power since 2002, has found itself losing support amid soaring inflation and high unemployment. Millions of Syrian refugees are at increased risk of xenophobic attacks from the nationalist segment of Turkish society who blame Syrians for the worsening economic situation. The AKP has opened the country’s border to millions of Syrians since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011. Ultranationalist figures in Turkey today are recognized as the descendants of the Ottoman Empire’s Union and Progress Party (CUP), also known as the Young Turks, a political group that embraced a Turkification policy which excluded the empire’s ethnic identities such as Arab and Kurdish citizens.

Syrian coalition and Kurdish forces attack oil-rich area east of Deir ez-Zor - reportMonday 9 May 2022

Syrian coalition and Kurdish forces attack oil-rich area east of Deir ez-Zor - report

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the coalition against ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched a special operation to detain suspects in the oil-rich Ziban region east of Deir ez-Zor.

Iraq to proceed with implementing court ruling on Kurdistan Region oil: ministerSunday 8 May 2022

Iraq to proceed with implementing court ruling on Kurdistan Region oil: minister

Iraq’s oil minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said on Saturday that the federal government would proceed with implementing a federal court ruling that gives the ministry oversight of oil output in the Kurdistan Region after talks didn’t lead to a result.

KDP call for Iraqi Federal Court retrial and the passage of oil and gas lawSunday 8 May 2022

KDP call for Iraqi Federal Court retrial and the passage of oil and gas law

The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, has called for a retrial of the Iraqi federal court and the passage of an oil and gas law based on the Iraqi constitution.

KDP calls for Kurdistan Region parliament to resume sessionsSunday 8 May 2022

KDP calls for Kurdistan Region parliament to resume sessions

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said on Sunday, May 8, it believes the Kurdistan Region Parliament should resume sessions.

Erdogan unveils plans to send 1 million Syrians back as anti-refugee sentiment escalates / Nazlan ErtanFriday 6 May 2022

Erdogan unveils plans to send 1 million Syrians back as anti-refugee sentiment escalates / Nazlan Ertan

As anti-refugee sentiment rises higher in Turkey during the Eid, Erdogan pledges a build-and-return project enabling more than a million Syrians to return “voluntarily” to northern Syria.

Turkish inflation jumps from 20% to 70% in just six months / Mustafa SonmezFriday 6 May 2022

Turkish inflation jumps from 20% to 70% in just six months / Mustafa Sonmez

Even if monthly price increases ease to an average of 5% in the coming months, Turkey would face an annual consumer inflation of over 100% in the fall and finish the year with a rate of some 90%.

U.S. Defense Ministry: Turkey threatens unity of Iraqi Kurds and Kurdish region stabilityFriday 6 May 2022

U.S. Defense Ministry: Turkey threatens unity of Iraqi Kurds and Kurdish region stability

The US Department of Defense has warned in a recent report on the security situation in Iraq that Turkish military intervention in the Iraqi Kurdistan region threatens the stability of the region and the alliance between Kurdish parties.

Resorting to independent MPs reflects lack of will to form government: PUK leading officialFriday 6 May 2022

Resorting to independent MPs reflects lack of will to form government: PUK leading official

One of the prominent leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) called the appeal to the independent representatives a lack of will to resolve the political stalemate and the formation of an Iraqi government.

Iraqi army and YBS reach 'fragile deal' over situation in Shingal: officialsFriday 6 May 2022

Iraqi army and YBS reach 'fragile deal' over situation in Shingal: officials

Following heavy clashes between the Iraqi army and the Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) since early this week, the two sides have reached a "fragile" ceasefire deal in the Yazidi hometown and its surroundings in Shingal, Yazidi and Kurdish officials said to The New Arab.

Peshmerga rescued three US, US fighters from PKK in ShingalFriday 6 May 2022

Peshmerga rescued three US, US fighters from PKK in Shingal

Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has said that the Peshmerga forces have rescued three foreign nationals from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Shingal, Ninewa province.

MPs warns Baghdad's silence over Turkish military aggression on Iraq will spread aggressionFriday 6 May 2022

MPs warns Baghdad's silence over Turkish military aggression on Iraq will spread aggression

The representative of Baghdad province in the Iraqi parliament warned the silence of the federal government in the face of Turkish military aggression on Iraqi soil would lead to the spread of these aggressions.

Russia says next Astana meeting on Syria to be held late MayFriday 6 May 2022

Russia says next Astana meeting on Syria to be held late May

Special Russian Presidential Representative for the Middle East and African Countries said that next international meeting on Syria in the Astana format is planned for the end of May in Nur-Sultan, capital of Kazakhstan.

Kurds call on Canada to stop Turkish attacks in Kurdistan RegionFriday 6 May 2022

Kurds call on Canada to stop Turkish attacks in Kurdistan Region

The Kurds living in Canada have called on the Canadian government to prevent more Turkish military operations in the Kurdistan region.

Iran, Turkey FMs stress on cooperation in a phone call on WednesdayThursday 5 May 2022

Iran, Turkey FMs stress on cooperation in a phone call on Wednesday

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a phone talk with his Turkish counterpart stressed the need for expanding cooperation between Iran and Turkey on protecting the environment and common water resources.

Iraqi army and local police are only armed forces in Shingal: spokesmanThursday 5 May 2022

Iraqi army and local police are only armed forces in Shingal: spokesman

A spokesman for the Iraqi Armed Forces Joint Operations Command stressed the need to establish security in Shingal region and stated that there are no armed forces other than the local army and police forces in the area to control the situation there.

Iranian president hopes Iraq would see a powerful government soonThursday 5 May 2022

Iranian president hopes Iraq would see a powerful government soon

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi expressed hope that the political process of the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq would end as soon as possible with the formation of a strong and powerful government.

Coordination Framework proposes new plan for Iraq's government formation deadlockWednesday 4 May 2022

Coordination Framework proposes new plan for Iraq's government formation deadlock

The Coordination Framework has proposed a new initiative and is calling on political parties to engage in "unconditional dialogue” to end the deadlock of forming the new Iraqi government.

Years after IS defeat, northern Iraq struggles to rebuildWednesday 4 May 2022

Years after IS defeat, northern Iraq struggles to rebuild

In Iraq, "maku" means "nothing", and father-of-five Issa al-Zamzoum says "maku" a lot: no electricity, no home, no rebuilding and no job.

Muqtada Sadr asks independent MPs to form governmentWednesday 4 May 2022

Muqtada Sadr asks independent MPs to form government

The leader of the Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on independent members of parliament on Wednesday to form a new coalition of at least 40 members apart from the Coordination Framework and for this bloc to contact the Saving the Homeland alliance in less than 15 days to form the new government as soon as possible.

Is Turkey behind border wall, Iraqi deployment in Sinjar? / Fehim TastekinTuesday 3 May 2022

Is Turkey behind border wall, Iraqi deployment in Sinjar? / Fehim Tastekin

Baghdad’s military moves in Sinjar, coinciding with a Turkish military operation in northern Iraq, and the construction of a wall along the border with Syria have rekindled fears among the local Yazidi population.

Turkish aims to besiege Syrian Kurdistan by Kurdistan Region incursion: PYDTuesday 3 May 2022

Turkish aims to besiege Syrian Kurdistan by Kurdistan Region incursion: PYD

Aldar Khalil, a board member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said Turkey’s recent incursion into the Iraqi Kurdistan aims to encircle Shingal region by advancing through Mosul and Kirkuk, and then to besiege the regions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) from Iraq.

Has Ukraine war given Erdogan free hand at home? / Pinar TremblayTuesday 3 May 2022

Has Ukraine war given Erdogan free hand at home? / Pinar Tremblay

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might be aiming to tighten his grip on the domestic front, taking advantage of Ankara’s rising profile amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Advisor says PUK has not halted stop Iraqi presidency talks with KDPTuesday 3 May 2022

Advisor says PUK has not halted stop Iraqi presidency talks with KDP

An adviser to the Patriotic Union Kurdistan (PUK) political bureau said her party had not stopped talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) over the Iraqi presidency.

Nechirvan Barzani says condemning missile attacks on Erbil is not enough, Baghdad must take a serious stanceTuesday 3 May 2022

Nechirvan Barzani says condemning missile attacks on Erbil is not enough, Baghdad must take a serious stance

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani stressed that condemning the missile attacks on Erbil alone is not enough and that Baghdad must take a serious stand against these attacks and punish the perpetrators.