Category Archives: Kurdistan

Posts related to Syrian, Turkish, Iraqi and Iranian Kurdistan

Turks Enter Iraq Again

I noted a few days ago that Turkey was preparing for further incursions into Iraqi Kurdistan as well as anti-PKK operations at home. BBC has just reported that Turkish troops have entered Iraq Turkish forces have crossed into Iraq to … Continue reading

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Back to Iraq?

FP Passport notes an article in the Turkish news regarding military preparations for further strikes within both Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkish Kurdistan. The TSK is currently developing its strategy for the operation, which will most likely be launched in the … Continue reading

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PKK in Kansas Update

As as a follow up on my previous post on rumors that the PKK is moving to Nagorno-Karabagh, Jamestown has a new article on the same subject that is well worth reading. Reviving a Forgotten Threat: The PKK in Nagorno-Karabakh … Continue reading

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Helping Both Sides?

Today’s German Tagesschau hints at something (German link) I’ve also been wondering, namely, why the Turks are claiming such wild success having deal “strong blows” and stood up against terrorists when almost nobody has been killed and no proof has … Continue reading

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PKK to Kansas?

Since the founding of the Republic, Turkey’s archenemies have been those whose who harbor legitimate claims against their territory: Greeks, Armenians and Kurds. Ankara’s deepest fears always involve some conspiracy consisting of several of the aforementioned groups collaborating against them … Continue reading

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Turkey Looking to Iran

Disappointed with the weak show of support from America and Europe, Turkey is now looking further east for support for its planned operations in Iraq. And they need look no further than Iran, also battling its own Kurdish independence movement. … Continue reading

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Turkish Options

As the Turkish-Iraqi tensions rise and small scale cross border operations begin, let’s examine Turkey’s situation and options at the moment. First of all, much fuss was made about the recent weak agreement between Iraq and Turkey which did not … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Wish For

The border between Iraq and Turkey has been heating up the past few weeks and has reached a boiling point. Yesterday, a clash on the border claimed the lives of around 17 Turkish soldiers and over 30 PKK militants. The … Continue reading

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What You Won’t Find in the Petraeus Report

While pundits, bloggers, politicians and hacks conjecture as to the contents of the Petraeus Report coming out tomorrow, I’m confident about what you won’t find. While progress has been made in al-Anbar which is sure to be the focus of … Continue reading

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Recipe for Trouble

According to American Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, the referendum on the status of Kirkuk will likely be delayed. “There is a general realization out there that, as a practical matter, it is going to be very hard to stick … Continue reading

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