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