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
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
This resourceful depiction by Foreign Policy magazine is by far the best in its kind in exploring the political dynamics and landscape in Syria's Kurdistan and of course US involvement.
As the Islamic State terrorists continue to consolidate terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and as the fight for Kobane reaches the...Read more
General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, Mustafa Hijri expresses his concern over a possible deal with Iran in a letter to President Obama and other world leaders. “Iranians struggling for freedom in their country, and especially the Kurdish people, are concerned that a deal over the nuclear program with the dictatorship in Tehran could be made at the expense of human rights and democracy,” Hjiri writes in his letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, and UN Secretary General Banki Moon.
The Kurdish...Read more