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Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

On July 21, 2014 by stratagem

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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Refugees Flee Iraq After Recent Insugent Attacks

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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‘Third point in the revolution’: Syrian Kurds

‘Third point in the revolution’: Syrian Kurds

On February 24, 2013 by stratagem
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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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Will Kurdistan’s Energy Wealth Lead to the Next Iraq War?

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

On December 18, 2012 by stratagem
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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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Local militias prepare to benefit from Syrian collapse

Local militias prepare to benefit from Syrian collapse

On December 12, 2012 by stratagem
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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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Kurds, Arabs and Turks

Kurds, Arabs and Turks

On November 28, 2012 by stratagem
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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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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

On November 20, 2012 by stratagem
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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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Washington offers deploying U.S troops in Iraq’s disputed Kurdistan region

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

On November 19, 2012 by stratagem
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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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