Iraqi Kurdistan

Muqtada al-Sadr Closes in on Surprise Win in Iraq Elections

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The avowed foe of both the United States and Iran has seized on popular grievances to win last week’s election, but forming a government won’t be easy.

Global Forecast (03-29-2018)

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Frantic US-China trade talks get underway, Turkey eyes Iraq’s Sinjar region, and Russian diplomats are expelled throughout the Western world.

Russia and Iraqi Kurdistan: Friends without Benefits

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Russia wants to protect its economic interests in Iraqi Kurdistan, but not at the cost of disrupting other key alliances in the MENA region.

Pressured from All Sides, Will Iraqi Kurdistan Back Down?

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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.

Kurdish Independence: The Next Phase of the Iraq Civil War?

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With the oil-rich city of Kirkuk under its control, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan is moving toward formal independence from Iraq.

The Battle of Mosul Has Begun

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched an assault on the last major urban holding of Islamic State in Iraq.

Global Forecast (10-04-2016)

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FARC peace deal suffers a shock defeat at the ballot box, Kunduz under siege again, and the Iraqi government prepares to attack Mosul.

The Third Battle of Fallujah Has Begun

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After years of preparation, the third battle of Fallujah has begun, and this time it’s the Iraqi armed forces doing the fighting.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Rise as an Independent Energy Player

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Iran’s energy engagement is serving to solidify Iraqi Kurdistan’s shift towards greater autonomy.

Analysis: AKP’s Surprise Election Win in Turkey

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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.

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