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The Battle of Sinjar

March 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shalaw Fatah It’s not a battle yet. It was not a battle in 2014 as well and might not be a battle in the future as well.  In 2014, Kurdish forces were reluctant to [...]

Ocalan March, United States

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

The PKK remains as a terrorist organization by the US Department of States. Despite ideological differences, the US is already has a healthy relationship with Ocalan's most loyalists in Syria and Turkey. In the coming years, the United States may be obliged to deal with a rising PKK affiliates in Iraqi Kurdistan, too. The PKK leaders such as Murat Karaylana nd Jamil Bayik have shown the willingness to engage with the United States even more. They invited the US to a third party role to the peace process in Turkey. [...]

Kurdish Statehood Trade-off; Winning Throne, Failing ‘National Dream’

January 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

Kurds are no longer the kingmaker in Baghdad and financially, Kurdistan cannot even go back to its old deal with Baghdad by getting 17 percent of the national budget. Iraq is imposing many conditions on the KRG before sending any money while from 2006 to 2012 KRG was getting full payment without prior conditions. All these happened under statehood and oil sale policy orchestrated by Barzani. [...]

Can Turkey Stop PKK Expansion? What Barzani Can Do for Ankara?

January 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

After three decades of arms struggle and bloodshed, the Turkish Government should realize that the only way to deal with PKK is to make peace with it. Otherwise, the PKK continue to grow not only in Turkey, but it may become one of the decisive partners in Iraqi Kurdistan as well. It does not matter if PKK decides to evacuate Sinjar or Makhmour because the influence the PKK made on young Yazidis in Sinjar and elsewhere is not going go away. [...]

Demirtaş in Jail, Barzani Received on Red Carpet in Ankara

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Some Western observers cannot comprehend Ankara’s double standard policy with Kurds at home, and abroad. However, those who closely follow Kurdish politics in Iraq and Turkey realize that Ankara’s fight with Kurds at home as well as in Syria follows a strategy that Turkish regimes have followed for decades; The Turks are always trying to exploit intra-Kurdish rivalries to their benefit. [...]