Articles tagged with: Iraqi Kurdistan

Yerevan Saeed
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on : Monday, 2 Jun, 2014

Turkey’s Kurdish Lifeline?

The tug-of-war between Iraq and Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, over control of the autonomous region’s oil reserves seems to be entering a new phase. On May 22, Kurdish leaders announced that the first shipment of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan had been loaded for sale in Turkey—despite fierce opposition from the federal government in Baghdad, which claims it has the exclusive right to oversee oil exports. Ankara has previously declared that it would wait until Baghdad and the K...

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Dov Friedman
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on : Tuesday, 29 Apr, 2014

Losing Erbil

Can flight timetables tell us anything about international politics? Five nights a week, wheels go up just after midnight from Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport and touch down at Suleimaniyah International Airport in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish enclave at nearly four in the morning. The dead-of-night scheduling makes it a decidedly unpleasant trip; one that, to some, might suggest Kurdistan is ignored and irrelevant. Yet, even in the wee hours, hundreds of people line the ropes, wai...

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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 reg...

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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...

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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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