Category: Iraq

Kurdistan’s upcoming referendum meets icy reception in Europe

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Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Masoud Barzani‘s visit to Brussels last week, which was intended to drum up support for a referendum on Kurdish independence, did not produce the desired results. According to our sources, European diplomats told Barzani they…

AFTER MOSUL: HOW TO SAVE IRAQ?

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SLDinfo By Amatzia Baram and Lazar Aleksandrov* The military operation to liberate Mosul is very slow and costly in blood and treasure but victory is certain. What next? Important political and religious circles in Baghdad and Najaf are aware that,…

Tehran tightens grip on Iraq’s INIS

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The recent appointment of Moustafa al-Kazemi as the new head of the Iraqi intelligence service demonstrates the control Tehran now has over Baghdad’s security apparatus. Iran’s political and security apparatus has scored another victory in Iraq. Moustafa al-Kazemi, one of Tehran’s…

Iraqis talk anti-terrorism in Paris

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While Baghdad sinks deeper into a political crisis, Iraq’s evergreen national security advisor Faleh al-Fayad visited Paris last week. Accompanied by a delegation of generals, he met the French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian a few days after Le Drian’s “surprise” visit – reported…

ISIS using Chinese MANPADS supplied with Qatari assistance

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A sequence of images released by Islamic State appears to confirm that the group has Chinese FN-6 and that a MANPADS was used to shoot down an Iraqi Mi-35M near Bayji on 3 October. Source: Islamic State The Islamic State…

Iraq risk: Alert – The growing rift between the Kurds and Nouri al-Maliki

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Amid the crisis of the insurgency by the Islamic State (IS) that has ripped through western and northern Iraq since early June, political elites are still failing to co‑operate. Iraq’s Kurdish ministers are boycotting the federal cabinet after the prime…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Iraq’s Security Breakdown

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Jamestown.org: As the assault of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in northern Iraq increasingly enhances the prospect of Iraq’s disintegration, Iran has responded aggressively by adopting a policy of direct engagement with its neighbor (Press TV [Tehran],…

Key Issues in the Middle East for 2012

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The MENA region faces another year of political turmoil in the aftermath of the popular uprisings that have resulted in the overthrow of three Arab dictators (soon to be four, assuming Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down as agreed next…

Iran/Iraq: 22 Kurdish rebels killed in Iranian military operation

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The Iranian State Television reported on Monday that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC) had killed 22 members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorist group during a security operation conducted in the Sardasht Mountains, along the…