Assad’s bluff may double as a gain for Syria’s Kurds

Bashar al-Assad’s regime might soon be targeting northeastern Syria. This oil rich region is primarily composed of Kurds, and is secured predominantly by the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kurds control over 28 percent of Syria and are backed by the United States. In an interview last month with RT, Assad highlighted his intentions for the … Continue reading Assad’s bluff may double as a gain for Syria’s Kurds

Israel, Turkey and the Kurdish question

I'am not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran get around international sanctions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on the US relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. Are these genuine comments … Continue reading Israel, Turkey and the Kurdish question

Turkey’s thirst for power threatens water war with Iraq

Iraq, already ravaged by decades of ethnic and sectarian warfare, has quietly suffered a water shortage over the past decade. Including the Kurdistan region, Iraq relies on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers for 98 percent for its drinking, irrigation and sanitation supplies. The majority of the country also lives along the two historic rivers, which … Continue reading Turkey’s thirst for power threatens water war with Iraq

Iraqi Elections: What it means for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Iraq held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State (ISIS), the results surprised all major actors, internally, regionally and internationally. Muqtada al Sadr declared victory, he once held strong ties with Iran but was sidelined by those who were willing to go the extra mile for the theocracy next door. … Continue reading Iraqi Elections: What it means for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Iraqi Elections: A Loss for the US, an Even Bigger Loss for Iran

Iraq just held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State. The victory over the terror group was led by Prime Minister Haider al Abadi as he affirmed, “our forces fully control the Iraqi-Syrian border, and thus we can announce the end of the war against Daesh.” This was in December … Continue reading Iraqi Elections: A Loss for the US, an Even Bigger Loss for Iran