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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

Turkey opens largest foreign military base in Somalia

  Turkey's largest foreign military base in the world opened Saturday in Mogadishu, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Somali leaders, top Turkish military officials and diplomats. Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and the head of the Turkish military, General Hulusi Akar have jointly inaugurated the 4 square kilometer (1.54 square

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

Iraq’s Referendum Hold Despite International Opposition

By Babatunde Opalana      The Iraq controversial vote on independence holds today, Monday despite international opposition to call off the referendum, according to the leader of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region. Baghdad government and the international community had opposed the referendum -including neighboring Turkey and Iran, which themselves have sizable Kurdish minorities. But, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG),

Turkey’s S-400 deal may tip the Nato-Russia scale

Turkey’s deal to purchase two batteries of the Russian S-400 air defence missile system – estimated to be worth $2.5bn – has followed months of rumours surrounding the purchase and its resulting controversies. Until November 2015, reports suggested Turkey was showing an interest in purchasing Chinese air and missile defence system FD-2000. Then