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

On August 13, 2014 by stratagem
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  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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Oil a key motive for U.S. air strikes in Iraq

On August 12, 2014 by stratagem
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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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130 Marines and special operations forces sent to Irbil in Kurdish-controlled territory

On August 12, 2014 by stratagem
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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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C.I.A. supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds to pushback militants

On August 11, 2014 by stratagem
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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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U.S. to Give Kurdish Forces Air Support

On August 5, 2014 by stratagem
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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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Kurdish Oil Mystery Deepens as Ship Unloads Cargo in South China Sea

On July 31, 2014 by stratagem
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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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Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

On July 21, 2014 by stratagem
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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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Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria

On July 2, 2014 by stratagem
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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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Baghdad must accept Kirkuk is now part of Kurdistan—KRG official

On June 29, 2014 by stratagem
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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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Kurdish Forces Move in on Disputed Territories

On June 16, 2014 by stratagem
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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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Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria

Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria

On November 25, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Head of Syrian Kurdish group meets Turkish intelligence

Head of Syrian Kurdish group meets Turkish intelligence

On July 26, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria

Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria

On May 23, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Battle for Qusair raises threat of Syria partition

Battle for Qusair raises threat of Syria partition

On May 21, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Turkey takes a big leap forward over energy security

Turkey takes a big leap forward over energy security

On March 24, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Turkey’s ‘secret-keeper’: spy chief Hakan Fidan

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

On March 19, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Pipelineistan – 3 Energy Pipelines That Could Shake Up Geopolitics

Pipelineistan – 3 Energy Pipelines That Could Shake Up Geopolitics

On March 12, 2013 by stratagem
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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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