Russia wants to protect its economic interests in Iraqi Kurdistan, but not at the cost of disrupting other key alliances in the MENA region.
The blowback against Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum was swift as it was fierce, with every neighboring state piling pressure on Irbil to back down.
With the oil-rich city of Kirkuk under its control, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan is moving toward formal independence from Iraq.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched an assault on the last major urban holding of Islamic State in Iraq.
FARC peace deal suffers a shock defeat at the ballot box, Kunduz under siege again, and the Iraqi government prepares to attack Mosul.
After years of preparation, the third battle of Fallujah has begun, and this time it’s the Iraqi armed forces doing the fighting.
Iran’s energy engagement is serving to solidify Iraqi Kurdistan’s shift towards greater autonomy.
Recep Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has retaken its parliamentary majority in a shock result that might mean big changes for Turkey’s foreign policy.
Ankara’s decision to intervene directly in Syria further complicates an already complex battlefield dynamic, and it risks repercussions for Turkey’s internal and external security.
A “safe zone” in northern Syria could be a game-changer, but not necessarily a welcome one for the fight against Islamic State.