Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: Kurd

Turkey assails US over ties with Syrian Kurdish militia

:: Turkey’s foreign minister assailed the United States on Monday, claiming that American forces in Syria are intentionally stalling the fight against ISIS militants as an excuse not to cut ties with Syrian Kurdish militiamen as Ankara has demanded. Mevlut

What the Kurdish debacle means for Turkey

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: Turkey welcomed almost with celebrations the debacle that the peshmerga suffered at the hands of the Iraqi government forces. Nonetheless, it now has to handle the Kurdish issue all the more cautiously. Turkey’s Kurdish policy

Iraq forces assault last ISIS bastion, advance on Kurds

:: Iraqi troops launched an assault on the last ISIS group bastion in the country on Thursday even as the Kurds said Baghdad’s forces had attacked their fighters near the border with Turkey. There had been fears that the bitter

Scrutinizing the Kurdish referendum

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: It was really significant that the coffin of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was wrapped with the national flag of Kurdistan rather than Iraq during his funeral. We are witnessing a virtual divorce between

Kurdish VP : Thousands of troops sent to Kirkuk to face ‘Iraq threat’

:: Kurdish authorities have sent thousands more troops to the oil region of Kirkuk to confront “threats” from Iraq’s central government, the vice president of the autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday. Tens of thousands of Kurdish soldiers were already

Kurds offer talks with Baghdad over airport, banks ban

:: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) offered to hold talks with Iraqi authorities on the status of Kurdish airports, border posts and banks, on which they placed restrictions following an independence referendum. Baghdad took the measures in an attempt to

Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd referendum vote organizers

:: An Iraqi court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the chairwoman and two other members of the commission that organized last month’s vote for Kurdish independence, a judicial official said. The court in east Baghdad acted in response to

Turkey must beware the Kurdish quagmire

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: Turkey is among the countries that will be seriously affected by the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. However, the vote was not a surprise for any farsighted leader, since the Kurdish Regional

Iraq’s Kurds vote ‘yes’ to independent state in referendum

:: Almost 93 percent of Iraq’s Kurds voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran. Voters were asked

US warns Kurdistan referendum will ‘increase instability’

:: The United States warned that an independence referendum Monday for Iraqi Kurdistan to break away from Baghdad will “increase instability.” “The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to conduct today a unilateral referendum on

US cautions citizens of possible unrest during Kurdish independence referendum

:: The US embassy in Iraq cautioned its citizens that there may be unrest during a referendum on independence planned by the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, opposed by the central government in Baghdad. “In particular, US citizens should avoid

The moral case for Kurdish independence

Sharif Nashashibi

By : Sharif Nashashibi :: My change of stance on Kurdish self-determination occurred about 15 years ago as something of an epiphany. Discussing Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion with a cousin whose politics I respected, one of the points

Turkish tanks trained on northern Iraq in show of force ahead of vote

:: Turkish troops dug in on the country’s southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons toward Kurdish-run northern Iraq, where authorities plan an independence referendum in defiance of Ankara and Western powers. Tanks and rocket launchers mounted on armored

The Gulf’s stance on the Kurdish referendum

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: The 2003 Iraq war and its aftermath were a milestone in the politics of the country and the region. The fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Baghdad, and the subsequent rise of a Shiite-dominated government,

Washington relies on Moscow to influence Tehran

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Kurdish national ambitions are hitting Iranian, Turkish and Arab roadblocks — all for different reasons. Tensions and radical differences are growing more intense between conflicting projects, amid a clamor regarding partition and influence-sharing in Iraq

Turkey corners Kurds along the border with Syria

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: Developments are taking place along Turkey’s borders that will likely have significant implications. A few days after the replacement of army, navy and air force commanders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated warnings of possible military

Iraqi Kurdish leader says no turning back on independence bid

:: Iraq’s Kurdish leader said on Thursday that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict. Masoud Barzani, President

Kurdish-Arab alliance advances against ISIS near Syria’s Raqqa

A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing against ISIS in the key town of Tabqa near the militant bastion of Raqqa in northern Syria, a monitor said Sunday. The Syrian Democratic Forces now control “more than 70 percent of Tabqa,” the

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