Iraq ‘to take control of Kurdistan border crossings’

The Iraqi military has said it is preparing to take control of the autonomous Kurdistan Region’s only border crossings with Turkey and Syria. A statement…

Massoud Barzani to Step Down

From BBC, October 29, 2017. Iraqi Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is to step down as the region wrestles with Baghdad over independence. In a bitter…

America Never Understood Iraq

From The Atlantic, October 28, 2017, by Robert Ford. As the Kurdish crisis continues to spiral, a former diplomat laments a history of missed opportunities….

Iraq: What is the strategic importance of Hawija?

Shia Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and Iraqi army members gathered on the outskirts of Hawija [Reuters]Iraqi forces have captured the town of Hawija and the…

The UN remains deeply concerned for the safety of civilian populations [EN/AR/KU]

From Relief Web, Statement from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, October 9, 2017. (Baghdad, 9 October 2017) – Although the United Nations is relieved…