Iraq


Prospective Independence For Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan has been granted an independence referendum despite significant opposition from government bodies. President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has scheduled the vote for September 25. Following a century of violence and conflict, the vote is a huge step in the creation an autonomous Kurdish state. […]


Iraqi Kurdish Independence Referendum To Go Forward

A planned referendum on independence for the northern, Kurdish-majority region of Iraq will go ahead in the coming days despite the fierce opposition voiced by neighbouring nations and many within the international community. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), has announced that it will go forward and […]


The Kurdish Referendum: Fears Grow Over A ‘Destabilizing Impact’

Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani, plans to take the Kurds to a landmark referendum. Despite the overwhelming international opposition to this plan, Barzani believes this referendum will bring the Kurds to independence. Kurdish nationalist movements have advocated for independence since the Orroman Empire broke down, giving birth to the modern […]


Regional Discontent Surrounds Independent Kurdistan Referendum

As ISIS is hammered on all fronts in Iraq and Syria and ceases to exist as a viable territorial and economic entity, joint counterterrorism operations could potentially be undermined and affect regional security with the reopening of the Iraqi Kurdistan question through an independence referendum to be held on September […]


Israel Wades Into Contentious Kurdish Independence Question

In a speech during a ceremony at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear his support for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. As Reuters reported, the September 12 speech saw Netanyahu expressed his approval of Kurdish independence stating that […]


Iraqi Forces Detain Family Members Of Islamic State Fighters In Tal Afar

As of September 10, more than 1,300 family members of Islamic State fighters have been detained by Iraqi forces. These individuals, primarily women and children, are placed at a camp in northern Iraq. According to officials, these families surrendered to Kurdish forces when an Iraqi offensive mission forced the fighters out […]


The EU’s Top Court Dismisses Member States’ Challenge Against Refugee Relocation Agreement

The European Court of the Justice (ECJ), the European Union’s top court, dismissed a legal challenge from Hungary and Slovakia against an EU-wide agreement to accept and relocate asylum-seeking refugees.  The announcement came on Wednesday, after much anticipation that the courts would overwhelmingly rule against the two countries’ attempts.  Although […]


Nuclear Brinksmanship On The Korean Peninsula

The successful subterranean test by North Korea of a hydrogen bomb, which they claim is capable of being mounted on to an intercontinental ballistic missile, though predictable, has raised alarm bells throughout the international community, particularly among the unified command centres in South Korea and Japan, which cannot operate independently […]