Though today Kurdish rebels are serving on the front lines of the US backed counter-offensive against ISIS, leaked intelligence information reveals a more complicated relationship between the Kurds and the US government. Though the US appears to value its relationship with the Kurds it also wants strong ties with Turkey to the point of betrayal.
|By: DSWright Monday September 1, 2014 6:45 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 6, 2014 12:10 pm|
With the government in Baghdad losing more and more control of the country the Kurds in northern Iraq are relying on ethnic solidarity to maintain their control as ISIS continues to expand its power.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 2, 2014 6:45 am|
‘As President Obama alerts Congress that he is sending more US combat troops into Iraq, other countries are flying in. The US has been joined by Iran and Russia in the skies over Iraq as the Maliki government in Baghdad tries to hold on to power. Though the US has confirmed flying drones, the other nations are using more traditional combat aircraft.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 24, 2014 6:45 am|
One of the unintended beneficiaries of the current crisis in Iraq has been the Kurds of Northern Iraq. With the Shiite dominated government focused on Sunni fighters, the Kurds have already been able to retake historic and oil rich territory such as Kirkuk. And now Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has said “The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”
|By: David Dayen Friday October 5, 2012 8:22 am|
Turkey’s Parliament approved military action against Syria yesterday, though they downplayed it as not a prelude to an invasion or a “war mandate.” But while Syria apologized for cross-border shelling that killed five in Turkey and drew this response, the Turkish military fired over the border for a second day, as the Turkish Prime Minister announced more provocations from their neighbor.
|By: David Dayen Friday July 27, 2012 1:48 pm|
Observers are bracing for what many believe could be a massacre in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the biggest by population in the country. Regime war planes have already bombed the city where rebels have assembled in an attempt to take and hold ground. Now artillery shelling is taking place, according to the rebels, and tank columns may be rolling in.
|By: Siun Friday February 25, 2011 6:01 am|
Iraqis are planning to take to the streets this Friday in a mass Day of Wrath. Demonstrations from Sulimaniyah and Mosel in the North to Fallujah, Baghdad, Kut and Basra have called for an end to corruption and the provision of essential services as well as protection for the rights of journalists.