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Kurdistan Deserves an Amicable Divorce From Baghdad

Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdish region's National Security Council, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, July 19, 2014

Throughout the modern history of Iraq, we have lived in denial. By we, I mean the Kurdish people, who comprise one-quarter of the country; the Arabs and other nationalities who make up the rest; and our friends around the world, who have been hoping that a functional, pluralistic nation could …

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The West’s Best Ally Against ISIS

kemal kirkuki

Whenever it can, the Islamic State strikes at the West through the attacks by terrorists inspired by its hateful ideology. The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., are an all too painful reminder of the dangers of this despicable group. For those of us in Kurdistan, the Islamic …

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Barzani Must Remain President to Lead Kurds out of Crisis

delovan barwari

With Iraq and Syria embroiling in bloodshed, the calamity is likely to deepen as Turkey officially entered the war by conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Many analysts believe that Turkey’s main aim is to undermine the Kurdish gains in Syria, which will …

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U.S. Shoots Down Idea of Syria Safe Zone


Days after the U.S. and Turkey announced a breakthrough deal to fight together against the Islamic State, U.S. officials are insisting that — contrary to reports — there are definitely no U.S. plans for a “safe zone” inside Syria. In fact, there really is no “zone,” and there is no …

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