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Ending the Iran Deal is An Invitation to War

Two former Pentagon officials game out the dangerous consequences of de-certifying the agreement. In several days, President Donald Trump will almost certainly refuse to certify that Iran is complying with its obligations under the nuclear deal. While this doesn’t amount to walking away from the

America’s Kurdish Allies Are Surrounded … By US-Equipped Armies

Neighbors show off military strength along Iraqi Kurdistan's borders Neither Iraq, Iran nor Turkey are happy that Iraqi’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region went ahead with its referendum on independence last month. They responded by threatening economic sanctions, along with other punitive measures, and flexing their military muscles by conducting exercises on

What Did the Kurds Get Out of the Referendum?

“For statehood to arise, a people’s right to self-determination and their desire to exercise it must be matched with possibility.” By Joost Hiltermann On September 25th, the Kurds of Iraq indicated for the second time in 12 years that they wish to be free of the rest of the country. While the

Reactions to Iraqi Kurdistan referendum continue

Reactions continue to pour in over the independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which was held in defiance of widespread calls for its cancellation. On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani that pushing for independence risked sparking an "ethnic war" in the

Iranian President Says 2015 Nuclear Deal Will ‘Collapse’ If Trump Pulls The U.S. Out

NEW YORK — The international nuclear agreement with Iran is a “closed issue” and cannot be extended or changed in any way, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared Wednesday, flatly rejecting President Trump’s criticism that the deal is weak and “an embarrassment.” “This is a building the frame of which, if you

Iranian President Threatens To Revitalize Nuclear Program

Iran’s president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues “threats and sanctions” against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks to lawmakers were his most direct warning that

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