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Iran and the Fall of Kirkuk

Iran and the Fall of Kirkuk Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Iraqi forces took Kirkuk city from the Kurds in mid-October with hardly a shot fired. Twenty-two Kurdish fighters were killed in the sporadic and disorganised resistance, while seven Iraqi soldiers also lost their lives. It is a remarkable setback for the Kurds, who just a few weeks ago held an inde

The Road to Kurdistan

The Road to Kurdistan Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Stateless and persecuted, Kurds have been the target of oppression, intimidation and violence. Tens of thousands have been killed. Yet despite all they have been through, they continue to cling to the hope of a brighter future in a state of their own.

The Kurdistan referendum – the aftermath

The Kurdistan referendum – the aftermath Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

As discussed here on FreshAIR a few weeks ago, despite significant opposition, Iraq's Kurds proceeded on 25 September with an independence referendum resulting in an overwhelming ‘yes' vote of 93%. The referendum was opposed with near-unanimity from multiple countries, including most prominen

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Why the winner in Syria is ... Iran

Why the winner in Syria is ... Iran Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

A flurry of diplomatic activity is currently taking place in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas. While the moves are occurring on separate and superficially unrelated fronts, taken together they produce an emergent picture. That picture is of two camps, one of which works as a united force on essential int

Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel?

Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel? Categories: International Jewry, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Despite being delayed several times before, Iraqi Kurdistan is now set to vote in an independence referendum on 25 September 2017. The Kurdish people are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, at approximately 30 million people. They speak "various dialects of their own language, Kurdi

After Liberation, Will Mosul Fall to Iran?

After Liberation, Will Mosul Fall to Iran? Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Michael J. Totten

For the first time ever, Shi'ite mosques operate inside the city. Shi'ite slogans appear on posters and are spray-painted on walls. You can now hear martial Shi'ite religious music on the streets. "We proudly entered Tikrit and Al Ojah and we will arrive in Fallujah soon," go some of the lyrics. Man

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After ISIS falls, who will benefit?

After ISIS falls, who will benefit? Categories: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

On the surface, the wars in Syria and Iraq are continuing at full intensity. The fight between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State in western Mosul is proving a slow, hard slog... But while the tactical contests are continuing, the general direction of events in both the war against Islamic S

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

As ISIS falters

As ISIS falters Categories: Iraq, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The Islamic State, whose main slogan in Arabic is Baqiya watatamadad (remaining and expanding), has in reality been contracting since the high point of its advance in the autumn of 2014. Its eventual demise, at least as a quasi-state entity, is assured. But Syria is host not only to the war against

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath Categories: Iraq     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Various sources report today that facing ISIS's 5,000-10,000 combatants in Mosul, about 65,000 Iraqi troops from different units have massed to dislodge ISIS. Some Arab sources place the total number of combatants of the anti-ISIS coalition at almost 140,000 fighters...

The Retreat of ISIS

The Retreat of ISIS Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Two years ago, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq's (ISIS) blitz assault across a swath of land as big as the United Kingdom led to the establishment of the self-proclaimed Caliphate and fragmented both Syria and Iraq. The recent defeats inflicted on Islamic radicals, however, have considerably shr

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya Categories: Iraq, Libya, Updates    

This Update deals with two major crisis areas in the Middle East, both with profound effects on the fight against ISIS. One is the major political crisis in Iraq, where the government of Prime Minister Abadi seems paralysed and under threat from radical Shi'ite groups opposed to his reforms designe

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In late February the US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement warning that the Mosul Dam is at a ‘a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning.' The Embassy confirmed that such an event would represent an unprecedented humanitarian and strategic crisis for Ira

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Scribblings: Two Quotes

Scribblings: Two Quotes Categories: Iraq, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

What Netanyahu was actually saying - a two-state resolution is not possible "today" - is actually the view almost across the spectrum in Israel. Opposition leader Herzog - a smart and sincere man - thinks the same thing.

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