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The Kurdish Kingmakers

James Denselow

Unless Abbadi’s government resolves longstanding issues with the Kurds, Obama’s ISIL strategy may die an early death. There is a temptation when viewing the Middle East to be so preoccupied catching up with the latest crisis that the older ones are neglected. Take the long-standing issue of Kurdish nationalism in …

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Davutoğlu: Reconciliation Only Success Story In Middle East

"Everyone would have laughed at us then if we said [President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Massoud Barzani [Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government president] would address the public holding each other's hands," said the new Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said there is only one success story in the Middle East and that it is the reconciliation process that has made remarkable progress amid the turmoil that Turkey’s neighboring countries are going through. Davutoğlu met with chief editors of media outlets at his office in Istanbul’s …

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Maliki’s Bid to Keep Power in Iraq Seems to Collape

Maliki is demanding immunity from prosecution when leaving office.

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s defiant fight to retain power in Iraqappeared to collapse on Tuesday after his former backers in Iran, the military and his own party all signaled that he could no longer expect their support. He issued a statement saying that the security forces, which he had deployed around the capital …

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