Erdogan Champions Khashoggi While Trampling Journalists and Dissidents in TurkeyTuesday, 6 November, 2018 , 16:12 | By Carlotta Gall

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has kept the case of Jamal Khashoggi alive through a steady drip of leaks, forcing the Saudis to admit that the columnist and dissident was killed more than a month ago in their consulate in Istanbul.


The final results of the parliamentary elections in KurdistanWednesday, 31 October, 2018 , 15:38

After the review of all appeals and disputes, on Tuesday, 30 October, the Supreme Court of Kurdistan released the final results of the parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan that took place on 30 September 2018.


Update: Kurdistan and the Battle Over OilMonday, 15 October, 2018 , 18:02

The New York Times | Oct. 8, 2018

No end is in sight in the fight over control of the oil-rich region of Iraq.

In an election that did not capture the attention of most of the world, residents of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq voted in a parliamentary election last Sunday — a year after a failed vote for independence. The election, whose results have been hotly debated, is the latest chapter in the long and tortured struggle over control of the oil-rich region.


These Are Not Disposable AlliesTuesday, 2 October, 2018 , 17:56 | By Aliza Marcus | Sept. 26, 2018

 If the United States really wants stability in Syria, it needs to back the Kurds politically and practically, not just with weapons.

Ms. Marcus is the author of “Blood and Belief: The P.K.K. and the Kurdish Fight for Independence.


Powerful Shiite trio agrees on Iraqi prime minister candidateFriday, 28 September, 2018 , 18:36

al-monitor | Makram Najmuddine |September 26, 2018

The most recent name to surface as a likely candidate for Iraq's premiership is Adel Abdul Mahdi, a former head of the Ministry of Oil and Ministry of Finance and a one-time vice president of the country. Following negotiations said to have involved Hezbollah, Mahdi now appears to have the support of two on-again, off-again rival parliamentary coalitions: the Sairoon Alliance of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fatah Alliance of Hadi al-Amiri.


KDP nominates Fuad Hussein for Iraqi presidentMonday, 24 September, 2018 , 17:29

Rudaw | 23/09/2018 |

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The KDP has nominated Fuad Hussein, former chief of staff to the KRG presidency, for the position of president of Iraq.

A native of Khanaqin, Hussein has lived much of his life in Baghdad and the Netherlands. He has a doctorate in international relations and speaks Kurdish, Arabic, English and Dutch. 

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, he was put in charge of revamping the country’s education curriculum. 


US VP Pence condemns Iran missile strikes on Koya in call with PM BarzaniTuesday, 11 September, 2018 , 17:00

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – US Vice President Mike Pence has condemned Iran’s missile strikes on the headquarters of Iranian Kurdish parties in Koya which killed and injured several political leaders and refugees on Saturday.


This Is Where Iran Defeats the United StatesMonday, 10 September, 2018 , 16:59 | By Peter W. Galbraith

Iraq’s Kurdish kingmakers used to side with Washington. Now, Tehran seems like a more attractive partner.


Iran’s attack on Kurds is a message to Washington, Riyadh and JerusalemSunday, 9 September, 2018 , 17:12 |  By Seth J. Frantzman

Iran has been fighting Kurdish opposition for years and in Iran there have been increasing clashes.


Understanding the Failed Deal With Turkey That Sparked Trump’s FuryFriday, 10 August, 2018 , 16:06

By Amberin Zaman | Ms. Zaman is a Turkish journalist based in Washington

With Turkish-American relations souring, the focus should be on freeing imprisoned American citizens and the Turkish staff of the United States Embassy.