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The Iraqi Kurdish leadership often prides itself on being in the forefront of the fight against terrorism.  This status was well attested following the recent surge of Islamist militants to their south, infamously known as the Islamic State (ISIS). They proved themselves as willing and capable, which consequently led to unprecedented international support and recognition. However, they have displayed little desire to counter the threat of terrorism emanating from the east of their semi-independent region, the Islamic state in Iran.Read more

An explosion rocks Kobani during a reported suicide car bomb attack by ISIS.

Following the recent tragic deaths of two Canadian soldiers at the hands of domestic terrorists, who both appeared to be seeking to assist the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), some Canadians might feel that our country should quit the international coalition confronting ISIS.
The murders, however, appear likely to cause more Canadians to be cautiously favourable to continue the air campaign against jihadis, who have been denounced by Muslim leaders and believers worldwide.Read more

On August 3, militants of the Islamic State attacked the town of Sinjar, home of the Yezidis in northern Iraq, causing the flight of some 30,000 to 50,000 people. A stampede eventually attracted the attention of the international community on this humanitarian tragedy that began two months ago.
Given the fierce advance of IS jihadists and the occupation of Mosul, home to oil fields and the largest dam in Iraq, over 500,000 Iraqis fled seeking refuge in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Fortunately, since August 17 the Kurds have taken control of much of the dam.
Like medieval hordes, the...Read more

The urgent need to combat the onslaught of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), and the fact that the Kurds are being seen as a democratic bulwark against ISIL, has led to some important debates among Iranians. These debates concern the struggles of the Middle East region’s Kurdish national minority and Kurdish women in particular.Read more

As the militias of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are inundating northwestern Iraq, ravaging the country and massacring the civilians, speculations pop up as to who might be behind this mess in Iraq. On the face of it, as the ISIS is basically a loosely formed Sunni coalition, the most appropriate candidate that comes to mind is Saudi Arabia, the self-proclaimed patron of all the Sunni movements in the Middle East that also has geopolitical designs on the region.
However, what if what is going on in Iraq now has actually been formulated and engineered in order to look like...Read more

Tehran was keen to keep a hand on the Iraqi Kurdish parties who had managed de facto autonomy since Saddam Hussein had withdrawn his forces in 1991. There were also Peshmerga guerrillas of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran slipping into Iran to keep their struggle for autonomy alive.
Halabja – known internationally for the March 1988 Iraqi chemical attack in which some 5,000 Kurdish civilians died – was already a stronghold of the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan, and while the mainly Sunni Kurds were never natural allies of the Shiite authorities in Tehran, the following years...Read more

"There are no alternatives to backing civil societies, democracy forces, women, youth and minorities in the Arab world, Iran, and the Greater Middle East. All other policies will end up backing the Jihadists and the totalitarian regimes." Author Walid Phares stated 
The book discussion drew a diverse audience of concerned citizens, book readers and representatives of various Middle East American groups from Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Iran and more.  Dr. Karim Abdian, an Arab-Iranian and Iran Roundtable Founder and Board Member also participated at the event.Read more

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing one of the most serious challenges yet to his undisputed 11-year dominance.

Recent charges of money laundering, gold smuggling and bribery have tarnished Erdogan's carefully crafted image.

Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), which means “white” or “pure” in Turkish, has also come under scrutiny. The root of Erdogan’s problems and his recent scandals lie not in Turkey but with its arch-nemesis, Iran.Read more

Seven Kurdish activist in detention in Erbil

Following the new wave of Kurdish political executions in Iran, protests were organized in major capitals to condemn the executions. Rojahalti Kurds (Kurdish in Iran) marched in the streets of the cities of Mariwan and Saqiz under the harshest security conditions imposed on the Kurdish region of Iran by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Protests were also organized in Turkey and Iraq, particularly in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, best know as KRG.Read more

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