Following through on a long-desired promise to have a country of their own Kurds in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria have finally been able to place votes for independence.
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Al Qaida’s dull Osama-lectures in Arabic never had the pizazz of IS’s sleek magazines and certainly not the charisma of their reality-tv snuff films. Their gruesome short films are filmically excellent.
Only a fool would predict, so here goes: Lebanon’s war lasted 15 years, but Syria’s will last longer because the foreign backers are in it for the long haul: for global, not regional, victory.
The ever increasing crackdown on freedom of the press in the strategically important country of Turkey that could have devastating results for the democratic world
Turkish democracy at risk during its continued fight against Kurdish groups after peace talks
Dangerous times in Iraq compounded by Prime Minister al-Abadi’s ever declining political support
Conflict and regional discord has brought unprecedented numbers of Kurdish lobbyists to Washington
Unsettled political feuds complicating multiple regional crisis leaving Iraqi Kurdistan drifting
Growing concerns about fresh Turkish journalism crackdown ahead of controversial national polls
Amid endless conflict and turmoil, there is only a fragile hope for any fix to Iraqi corruption