Battle of Kirkuk a Bloodless Offensive

Not only are the Kurds in Iraq eternally riven, but the KRG knows it needs its oil pipeline to Turkey to remain open. And then there is the role played by a certain Iranian negotiator to consider. Pepe Escobar The Battle of Kirkuk lasted less than 24 hours. In a lightning – and mostly bloodless…

Middle East: Next Step Is Another Large-Scale War

Defining Independence at the Twilight of Empire Andrei Akulov The US President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran deal grabbed public attention hitting mainstream media headlines. But the gaze should shift to another flash point as a major war in the Middle East involving many actors can spark at any moment. With Islamic State…

Baghdad’s Operation in Kirkuk

Sputnik-Middle East Baghdad has launched a military operation in the northern province of Kirkuk, disputed by both the central government and Iraq Kurdistan, following the province’s participation in the September 25 referendum on the autonomous region’s independence. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iraqi armed forces managed to capture strategic positions in the Kirkuk region, which held the vote on the Iraqi…

Hezbollah: “Kurds Shall Not be at the Wrong Side of History”

The Kurds as a group of people who belongs to a certain ethnicity have their righteous aspirations and ambitions. They have the right to be recognized as one of the cultural and social components of the region. They have the right to perform their cultural tradition and to use their own language and celebrate their…

The Game Behind the Game: Iraqi Kurdistan

The Fly to Regional Spiders Turkey, Iraq, Iran Pepe Escobar Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during a joint news conference in Tehran, Iran, on October 4, 2017. Photo: Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Presidential Palace/ Handout via Reuters Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just visited Tehran and met with President…

Turkey Prepares for Afrin Offensive

Turkey has strengthened its military presence on its border with Syria and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to take military action against emboldened Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, who are receiving support from the US in their fight against Daesh in Raqqa. Erdogan views the YPG, which controls part of Syria’s border with Turkey, as an extension of the Kurdish PKK, a Marxist insurgent group which has operated…