Tag: Kurds

Is Middle East witnessing an end of civil wars and sectarian...

James M. Dorsey | Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and...

Will the U.S. withdraw its troops from Syria after ISIS is...

Sophie Mangal | According to Washington Post, the U.S. hopes to prolong its military presence in Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) areas in the north of...

In Washington, Trump’s line on Syria very influential

M K Bhadrakumar | Some of the confusion as to who sets the US policies on Syria may be clearing up. It seems Trump plays...

Playing with Fire: There are no good guys in the Middle...

James M. Dorsey | Remarks at United Hebrew Congregation, Singapore, 3 October 2017 There are no nice guys in the Middle East, a region that is...

What makes Singapore stronger than Qatar & UAE?

James M. Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar has emerged about more than a regional spat. It...

92 % Kurds vote for independence in referendum: How will the...

News Analysis | Masoud Barzani, Iraq’s Kurdish leader has claimed victory in a referendum on independence held on Monday amid threats from Baghdad to take over the...

Is Kurdistan a US-Israeli conspiracy to balkanize Middle East?

M K Bhadrakumar | The result of the Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq will be known in the next 48 hours or so, but no surprises...

Kurds in Iraq vote in Independence Referendum: regional tensions will stoke...

News Analysis | Amid rising tensions and intense international opposition, Kurds in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq in an independence referendum. The...

Is the Syrian war finally coming to an end?

News Analysis | Syria’s army has broken years-long Islamic State siege on the government enclave of Deir ez-Zor. ISIS has already lost more than half of...

Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian war

M K Bhadrakumar | The Syrian government forces have broken through the ISIS’ 3-year long siege of the air base in the eastern city of Dier...

Plot thickens in great game over post-ISIS Iraq and Syria

M K Bhadrakumar | The post-ISIS future of Iraq and Syria has been a topic of animated discussion among American think tankers, the assumption being...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The revival of Ottoman Empire?

Ahsan Hamid Durrani | For the world he may seem an autocrat in the guise of democratically elected presidency; for western media he might be...

A tough choice to make

News Analysis | The recent conflict in the Middle East has created a real possibility for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. Kurds are...

Has Russia entered NATO’s bedroom?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Can we say a “terrible beauty” is born in the NATO’s underbelly — to borrow the words from the Irish-English poet...

Ideological foundations and organizational structure of Islamic State

Nauman Sadiq | The fight against the much-dreaded ISIS is on with varying degrees of resolving and success.It becomes important to trace the ideological antecedents...

The three-way tug of war in Syria: Who are the important...

Nauman Sadiq | In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: the Syrian...

ISIS leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi killed: Who will be his successor?

Nauman Sadiq | The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed that according to information, which is being checked through various channels, the Islamic State’s leader Abu-Bakr...

The Kurds Are Ethnically Cleansing Arabs From Raqqa, And The World...

Andrew Korybko | The global media -- to their credit – are focusing on the brutality of the US-backed Raqqa campaign, though they’re avoiding any serious...

Kurdish aspirations in the wake of changing US foreign policy

Talha Ahmed | America-Russia reconciliation will change the dynamics of American foreign policy especially regarding NATO and the Middle East. There are two possible outcomes...

Qatar: Another reason for the rift between NATO allies?

Mehmet Ersoy | On Wednesday, June 7, the Turkish media wrote that Parliament voted to deploy 5,000 troops in the Turkish military base in Qatar...

New Turkish Army in Syria: What are the objectives this time?

Mehmet Ersoy | On Tuesday, May 30, Inside Syria media center wrote that Ankara was creating a new formation of the fractured units of the Free Syrian...

Will American plan to increase troops in Middle East & Afghanistan...

Dr. Ron Paul | By the end of this month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster will deliver to President Trump...

Fraying US-Turkey relations over US support of Syrian Kurds

Sophie Mangal | According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 12, 2017, that the U.S. support of the Syrian...

Turkish airstrikes in Syria: Has the US lost another Middle-Eastern ally?

Mehmet Ersoy | Turkey, which keeps targeting the U.S. allies, is up to pretend that it has taken one of the leading roles in the...

Recreating the map of Middle East using guns not pens

Zeeshan Munir | The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It...

Erdogan’s win splits Turkey in half, opposition out on streets

Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk | ANKARA/ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping powers in the...

Real reason why Turkey is not calling for an Investigation into...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | In principle, one country, Turkey, is uniquely placed to ask for an independent investigation into the chemical attack in the northwestern...

Turkey & Syria on same page on Kurds question

Adam Garrie | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more...

US and Russian War Against ISIS in Middle East Threatens Turkish...

James M. Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump’s vow to defeat what he terms radical Islamic terrorism forces the United States to maneuver the...

Turkey picks up quarrel with Iran over Syria: to get back...

M.K. Bhadrakumar| Turkey has decided to pick up a quarrel with Iran. It all began with President Recep Erdogan’s sudden outburst on February 14 in...

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