Regional tensions bolster Iraq’s internal divisions By Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih Ankara’s push to bolster its position in the region has resulted in deployment of extra troops at a military camp in Iraq to train armed forces. This caused further sectarian tensions in the country, whose Iran-backed government considers the move a
By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Seven people were killed in clashes with security forces in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, officials said on Monday, as authorities declared curfews across the restive region. The clashes are the latest in months of violence following the collapse of a ceasefire between the government and the
By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Dec 4 – Iraqi Kurdistan’s cash-strapped government has seized billions of dollars in deposits at two branches of Iraq’s central bank since 2014, bankers said, calling into question the region’s image as a business-friendly paradise in the Middle East. Since Baghdad cut budget payments to Kurdistan in January 2014, the Kurdistan
Grief prevails despite victory as Yazidis mourn loved ones BY Mohammed A. Salih With a pistol hanging from his belt, Dilkash Murad walks into his own house on the eastern side of Sinjar, an Iraqi town that was occupied by the terrorist group Daesh last year. The ceiling is covered in smoke caused by repetitive battle
By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges
The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.
The turf war over Tuz Khurmato won’t let up BY Suadad Al Salhy On Nov. 12, as Kurdish and Yazidi forces backed by the U.S.-led military coalition and Iraqi air force attempted to retake the northern city of Sinjar from Islamic militants, violence erupted between two traditional Iraqi allies in Tuz Khurmato, 108 miles north of