13. 08. 2014
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U.S. Special Forces and British SAS land on Iraq’s Mt Sinjar

  Editor’s Note:Mt Sinjar is a strategic geographic location for NATO special operational forces to conduct ISR missions of ISIS and evacuate civilians. I am still no sure how bad the situation is...

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12. 08. 2014
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Oil a key motive for U.S. air strikes in Iraq

Source: SF Gate This week’s U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq are being accompanied with an undertow of “it’s all about oil” talk. Take for example, Columbia School of Journalism Dean Steve Coll’s observation...

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12. 08. 2014
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130 Marines and special operations forces sent to Irbil in Kurdish-controlled territory

Source: Military Times The military has sent 130 advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamic militants, according to a senior Defense Department official. The Marines...

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11. 08. 2014
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C.I.A. supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds to pushback militants

Editor’s Note:   CIA operators on the ground in the region gathering intelligence and delivering weapons to ISIS fighting in Syria. This is either straight forward blowback or a pre-planned destabilization of the entire region to start...

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05. 08. 2014
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U.S. to Give Kurdish Forces Air Support

Source: Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Rudaw has learned from a high-level American official that the United States has offered the Kurds air support in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....

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31. 07. 2014
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Kurdish Oil Mystery Deepens as Ship Unloads Cargo in South China Sea

Source: IB Times A tanker carrying Kurdish oil has unloaded part of its cargo in the South China Sea, although the identity of the buyer remains a mystery. The United Emblem Tanker had...

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21. 07. 2014
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Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

Source: Voice of America The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area’s rich oil fields. By doing...

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02. 07. 2014
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Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria

Source: Guardian Security analysts in London and Baghdad say control of rivers and dams has become a major tactical weapon for Isis. The outcome of the Iraq and Syrian conflicts may rest on...

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29. 06. 2014
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Baghdad must accept Kirkuk is now part of Kurdistan—KRG official

Source: Aawsat London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The federal government in Baghdad must now accept that Kirkuk is a part of the autonomous Kurdistan region, a senior Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official has said, echoing earlier comments by...

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16. 06. 2014
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Kurdish Forces Move in on Disputed Territories

Source: Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – It took Kurdish Peshmarga fighters less than two days to take full control of not only the oil rich city of Kirkuk, but also most of the...

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25. 11. 2013
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Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria

Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria

Source: Al Monitor The main Kurdish militia in Syria, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), has plans to take over mixed areas inhabited by Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds to make a contiguous Kurdish region. This would...

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26. 07. 2013
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Head of Syrian Kurdish group meets Turkish intelligence

Head of Syrian Kurdish group meets Turkish intelligence

Source: Reuters The head of a Syrian Kurdish group with links to militants in Turkey was in Istanbul on Friday for talks with government officials after an upsurge in fighting near the border, Kurdish political...

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23. 05. 2013
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Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria

Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria

Source: RT The changing internal situation in Syria is putting a new set of plans into motion, which involve Israeli aggression against Syria. Not only have the US and its allies been trying...

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21. 05. 2013
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Battle for Qusair raises threat of Syria partition

Battle for Qusair raises threat of Syria partition

Source: France 24 More than two years after the conflict began, Syria today is totally transformed. While experts discuss the threat of partition, on the ground, Syria is effectively a divided country. “What...

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24. 03. 2013
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Turkey takes a big leap forward over energy security

Turkey takes a big leap forward over energy security

Source: National Last month I wrote how Turkey needed to rebuild constructive relations with its energy-rich neighbours. Two dramatic announcements later, and it seems to have done just that. But big obstacles still...

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19. 03. 2013
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Turkey’s ‘secret-keeper’: spy chief Hakan Fidan

Turkey’s ‘secret-keeper’: spy chief Hakan Fidan

Source: France 24 The head of Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, is the driving force behind the state’s clandestine peace talks with a jailed Kurdish rebel chief that aim to end a bloody three-decade...

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12. 03. 2013
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Pipelineistan – 3 Energy Pipelines That Could Shake Up Geopolitics

Pipelineistan – 3 Energy Pipelines That Could Shake Up Geopolitics

Source: NJ Three of the most volatile parts of the Middle East—Iran, Iraq and Israel—are the scene of oil and gas initiatives that could shake up geopolitics there and beyond. The efforts center...

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24. 02. 2013
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‘Third point in the revolution’: Syrian Kurds

‘Third point in the revolution’: Syrian Kurds

Source: NP As the civil war in Syria grinds on, one of the less-noticed developments has been the emergence of a de facto Kurdish autonomous area in the country’s northeast. Stretching across a...

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18. 12. 2012
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Will Kurdistan’s Energy Wealth Lead to the Next Iraq War?

Will Kurdistan’s Energy Wealth Lead to the Next Iraq War?

Source: Time Playing tourists in one of the world’s most dangerous cities is not how we imagined we’d end up spending Tuesday, but there we were atop Kirkuk’s ancient citadel admiring – and...

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12. 12. 2012
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Local militias prepare to benefit from Syrian collapse

Local militias prepare to benefit from Syrian collapse

Source: Gulf News Nation states look very neat on the map, with their borders well-defined by thick lines, each country shaded in one colour, showing how each state is different from its neighbours....

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28. 11. 2012
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Kurds, Arabs and Turks

Kurds, Arabs and Turks

Editors Notes: Iraq/Syria are ethnic/ideological heterogeneous regions whose populations desire autonomy, a nation of their own.  The formation of a new state in a major geostrategic location will not be created by the...

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20. 11. 2012
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Kurd commander threatens to fight Iraqi forces in disputed areas if troop movements continue

Kurd commander threatens to fight Iraqi forces in disputed areas if troop movements continue

Source: Washington Post/AP The commander of Kurdish Peshmerga forces warned Tuesday that his troops might attack Iraqi government soldiers at “any minute” after the central government sent tanks and armored vehicles toward the...

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19. 11. 2012
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Washington offers deploying U.S troops in Iraq’s disputed Kurdistan region

Washington offers deploying U.S troops in Iraq’s disputed Kurdistan region

Source: Ekurd Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— An informed Kurdish source said on Sunday, that Washington entered on crisis line after Iraq forming Dijla forces between Baghdad and Erbil to end it, while offered to...

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13. 11. 2012
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The Great Kurdistan about to be created

The Great Kurdistan about to be created

Source: Pravda The Kurds have come close to creating the Great Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurdistan is close to independence, and Syrian and Turkish Kurds are creating a territory under the unified control, while the...

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10. 11. 2012
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Big Game In Mesopotamia

Big Game In Mesopotamia

Source: Lragir Since its origin Armenia had been closely related with the country of Mesopotamia, and recent movement in the development of relations between Iraq and Armenia will be an important aspect of...

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22. 10. 2012
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Turkey ‘has trust issue with US on intelligence’-  Kurdish Region

Turkey ‘has trust issue with US on intelligence’- Kurdish Region

Source: Hurriyet Daily Turkey no longer entirely trusts U.S. intelligence despite its apparent offer to help eliminate Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) figures, according to a prominent scholar, adding that Ankara has been convinced that...

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06. 08. 2012
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Kurds Amp Up Battle, Tactically Trying to Split Turkey’s Army

Kurds Amp Up Battle, Tactically Trying to Split Turkey’s Army

Source: Al-monitor With a large-scale operation still ongoing at Semdinli, the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] is expanding its area of battle by attacking three outposts in Cukurca area two days ago. By persisting...

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02. 08. 2012
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Kurdistan reaches toward the sea

Kurdistan reaches toward the sea

Source: Haaretz The weakening of the relevant states, alongside the tectonic sociopolitical changes taking place in the region as a whole, may end up changing the strategic map of the Middle East. The...

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29. 06. 2012
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Do you think it is not related to the energy wars?

Do you think it is not related to the energy wars?

Source: Hurriyet Russian energy giant Gazprom issued a brief statement on June 29 which actually touches on many political problems in the greater geography surrounding Turkey. It said that the company is ready...

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10. 06. 2012
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Israel smuggling weapons to Syria through Iraqi Kurdistan

Israel smuggling weapons to Syria through Iraqi Kurdistan

Source: Press TV Israeli airplanes are smuggling weapons into Syria through Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Syrian sources told Press TV. According to the sources, Israel sends weapons to Iraqi Kurdistan, which are then smuggled...

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30. 05. 2012
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The new Iraq (oil) war

The new Iraq (oil) war

Source: Aljazeera Iraq has virtually disappeared from the news cycle – displaced by the Arab Spring/Winter seesaw and the ongoing tragedy in Syria. But when Ashti Hawrami, oil minister of semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan,...

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10. 05. 2012
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Iraq could slide back into civil war

Iraq could slide back into civil war

The arrest warrant, issued by the Interpol at the request of the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government, against Iraqi vice-president and prominent Sunni leader Tareq Al Hashemi is seen by many in the region as...

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27. 04. 2012
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Iraq’s Coming Civil War

Iraq’s Coming Civil War

Source: Indepth Africa As the Obama Administration tries to hammer together an American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the body count from his disastrous retreat from Iraq is swiftly rising. Last week alone there were...

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25. 04. 2012
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AP Interview: Iraqi Kurd leader hints at secession

AP Interview: Iraqi Kurd leader hints at secession

Source: AP The president of Iraq’s self-rule Kurdish region demanded Wednesday that Shiite leaders agree on sharing power with their political opponents by September or else the Kurds could consider breaking away from...

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05. 04. 2012
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Oil rift deepens Baghdad-Kurds dispute

Oil rift deepens Baghdad-Kurds dispute

Source: UPI   Tensions between Baghdad and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave have intensified after the Kurds halted oil exports in a payment dispute and the government signed a deal with BP to develop...

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02. 04. 2012
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Iraq says Kurdistan smuggling oil through Iran

Iraq says Kurdistan smuggling oil through Iran

Source: The Daily Star Iraq’s Kurdish region, which has halted crude exports in a row with Baghdad, owes the central government more than $5 billion and is smuggling the oil it produces through...

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