Articles tagged with: Kurdistan Regional Government

Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Thursday, 10 Jul, 2014

Dancing in Kirkuk

On a baking hot Monday afternoon just before the start of Ramadan, a group of teenagers filed into a dilapidated sports hall in Kirkuk. There was no air-conditioning and no watercooler, and the sweat dripped down their faces as they started to dance. But they beamed ecstatic smiles despite the heat and their exhaustion. “Whoever believes in Mohammed will be watching!” shouted Hassan Qadr by way of tough-love encouragement. The dancers barely needed reminding of that. The gro...

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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 9 Jul, 2014

Yesterday’s Enemies, Tomorrow’s Friends?

When I visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007, my host, a leading Kurdish official, asked me when Turkey was going to invade the KRG. Today, the world has seen a 180-degree shift, and the question now is if the KRG will cut ties with Baghdad and seek to shelter under a Turkish umbrella, and if the Syrian Kurds could follow suit. The recent developments in Iraq and Syria have transformed those countries’ politics irrevocably, and with that, the relatio...

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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, Kurdi...

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Mina Al-Droubi
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on : Thursday, 1 May, 2014

Standing Up for Iraq’s Turkmen

The Turkmen, Iraq’s third-largest ethnic group, are mainly clustered in northern Iraq, including the disputed city of Kirkuk. Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (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...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Thursday, 20 Mar, 2014

Iraq: Kurdistan crisis escalates following autonomy claims

Baghdad and London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The ongoing dispute between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad appeared to widen this week when a leading Kurdish politic...

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Ranj Alaaldin
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on : Tuesday, 18 Mar, 2014

Iraq’s Energy Wars

Kurdish–Arab tensions in Iraq have escalated in recent months as a result of outstanding disputes between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Shi'ite-dominated go...

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Dilan Raphiann
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on : Sunday, 16 Mar, 2014

Halabja in Perspective

The chemical weapons attack on Halabja in 1988 remains one of the worst crimes committed against a civilian population in recent history. Today, twenty-six years later, Iraqi Kurds...

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Dilan Raphiann
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on : Tuesday, 4 Feb, 2014

Testing Kurdish Hospitality

Iraqi Kurds are familiar with life as refugees. For years the tyranny of Saddam Hussein forced Kurds to leave their homes for refuge in neighboring countries. Today, in a chang...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Tuesday, 3 Dec, 2013

Turkey oil deal with Kurdistan must go through Baghdad: Iraqi oil minister

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq’s central government rejected attempts to include it in a trilateral committee to discuss oil exports from the Kurdistan region through Turkey...

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