Articles tagged with: Iraqi Kurdistan

Ranj Alaaldin
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on : Tuesday, 14 Jan, 2014

Kurdistan Goes it Alone

Iraq’s Kurds have taken another step toward independence with the creation of a pipeline that will give them an independent export capacity. Over the past five years, the region has dramatically transformed its oil and gas sector, both to enhance its autonomy from the rest of Iraq and to build on the stability and prosperity it has enjoyed post-2003. The Kurdish position, put forward last month in Erbil at the Kurdistan–Iraq Oil & Gas Conference, which I attended, is simple: K...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Tuesday, 8 Oct, 2013

Kurdistan: ISIS attack on security base was attempted prison break

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Last month’s suicide attack on the headquarters of the Security Directorate in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for, was intended to free ISIS-linked prisoners, Asharq Al-Awsat has learned. The attack took place on September 29 and led to the death of the six attackers along with six local security personnel, while 62 security officers and local residents were also injured. Speaking to ...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Tuesday, 6 Aug, 2013

Prospects for Kurdish Peace

Things are looking good for the Kurds. In Iraq, the region they control is a relative haven of peace and prosperity. In Syria, they are building a semi-autonomous entity in the nor...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Thursday, 9 May, 2013

PKK fighters begin withdrawal from Turkey

ERBIL, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters began a phased withdrawal from Turkish territory yesterday, in what may prove to be a historic development in Tur...

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Ahmet Gencturk
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on : Wednesday, 1 May, 2013

PKK Waves Flag of Islam

Recent comments from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan puzzled groups that have long been allied with his party. In a letter that was read out to crowd...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Tuesday, 2 Apr, 2013

War of Words

It is only a fish restaurant, but Memet gasps with surprise when he sees it. “I’ve never seen this in Diyarbakır before,” he says. “The sign is written in Kurdish.” ...

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James Denselow
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on : Tuesday, 26 Mar, 2013

The Stateless Statesmen

The vast majority of global debate over the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has focused on the rights and wrongs of the decision to go to war and questions over whether t...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 25 Mar, 2013

Big Brother Erdoğan

Five years ago in Diyarbakır, a Kurdish city built on a volcanic outcrop over a bend in the River Tigris in southeast Turkey, I met a man who was famous for ending blood feu...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 18 Feb, 2013

Three’s A Crowd

My career as a diplomatic reporter began just a couple of months before the start of the First Gulf War. It was then that the sentence “maintaining the territorial integrity ...

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Malik Al-Abdeh
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on : Tuesday, 8 Jan, 2013

Mr. Öçalan’s Philosophy

Across a narrow belt of land along Syria’s northern border, Kurds are staking a claim to self-determination. Where the overstretched Syrian army withdrew voluntarily in July ...

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