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Britain must assist Iraqi Kurds in their fight against IS
The implosion of Iraq and the durability of Islamic State will be major headaches for new ministers in May. Their required reading should include recent and substantial reports from the foreign affairs and defence select committees, respectively on UK policy towards Kurdistan and the response to Isis.
In Iraq, Kirkuk remains a question mark
The view from the roof of Gov. Najmaldin Karim’s office shows this multiethnic city laid out below. He points toward the Sunni suburb of Huwija about 15 miles west, which is controlled by the Islamic State. Two weeks ago, the extremists staged a ferocious assault there that almost broke through Kirkuk’s defense lines.
Alone in Kurdistan
How goes the war against the Islamic State? A useful barometer is the position of Iraqi Kurdistan,
America, help to defend the Kurds
PNA - On Aug. 14, President Barack Obama said in a news conference that “we broke the siege of Mount Sinjar,”
Real-world choices for Obama, U.S.
PNA - When President Barack Obama sits down to write his foreign-policy memoir, he may be tempted to use as his book title the four words he reportedly uses privately to summarize the Obama doctrine: "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" (with "stuff" sometimes defined more spicily).
Washington Post: 'Open the door to the Kurds'
PNA - AS BLOODSHED in Iraq and Syria has steadily escalated, the importance to the United States of one regional ally has been growing. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, which controls an autonomous enclave bordering Iran, Turkey and Syria, is democratic, secular, pro-Western and a determined enemy of the al-Qaeda forces that operate on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border.
Too Often in Kurdistan, Wrong Person in Wrong Job
PNA - "How can we have a healthy, blossoming society when people do not enjoy the jobs they are in? How can we want our society to grow and prosper while, instead of putting someone who can do the job right, we have someone there who does not have a clue. How can you work when you do not even have a job description? All you have is a job title, which changes every few years."
Kurdistan’s Peace Pipelines
PNA - Not very many people believed that the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), created through the Treaty of Paris between Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will serve as the first step to transform part of the European continent. During the second world war, many American politicians would imagine Europe as a lost continent because of the two world wars.
Michael Knights to Gulan: President Barzani is playing a constructive role in maintaining the PKK ceasefire
PNA - Michael Knights is a Boston-based Lafer fellow of The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, and the Persian Gulf states.He said to Gulan that President Barzani is playing a constructive role in maintaining the PKK ceasefire.
Iraq’s Kurdish region pursues ties with Turkey — for energy revenue and independence
PNA - As the rest of Iraq descends into a crisis of deepening violence, the autonomous enclave of Kurdistan is enlisting the help of an unlikely ally, Turkey, to reach for a long-delayed dream of independence.
Iraqi Kurdistan: State-in-the-making?
PNA - Wherever you are in the world it takes nerve to invest in the amusement park industry - roller coasters can go down as well as up. But the Chavy Land Park in the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah offers a particularly challenging balance of risk and reward. On the one hand there isn't much competition for the leisure dollar in the Iraqi tourism industry - not yet at least.
The Kurdistan Region: A Unique Democracy in the Middle East
PNA - The Kurdistan Region is seemingly a unique democracy in the Middle East. With a successful and open foreign policy coupled with economic power, the Kurdistan Region has become an international commercial center in this new and virgin region.
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