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Iraqi Government Takes Control of Kirkuk, Undermining Kurdish Independence

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Kirkuk, Iraq has become a centerpiece in the Iraqi government’s rejection of the overwhelmingly successful Kurdish Independence Referendum.

Monday, Iraq took control of Kirkuk, which has been under Kurdish control since they took it from ISIS in 2014 as Iraqi forces fled.  It is surprising that the Kurds did not stand and...

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Tillerson: U. S. Does Not Recognize Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5:00pm 10/1/2017 at 5:00pm
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We blogged about the Kurdish Independence vote held last week and about the resulting international threats and tensions, including the closing of Kurdish airports.

Pro-western Iraqi Kurds are disappointed by the lukewarm European response to their overwhelming victory, and can’t be too happy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that the...

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Resounding “Yes” In Kurdish Independence Vote Leads to International Threats

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00pm 9/26/2017 at 7:00pm
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Iraqi Kurdish leaders have announced that yesterday’s vote for Kurdish independence was a resounding “yes.”

According to the Kurdish Rudaw news outlet’s live results page, as of this writing, 3,440,616 votes have been counted, with 91.83% voting yes.  Final results are expected Wednesday.

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Enormous Turnout for Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:45pm 9/25/2017 at 7:45pm
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Last week, we blogged about today’s Kuridsh Independence referendum.  Yesterday’s Kurdish independence rally attracted an enormous crowd, perhaps foreshadowing nearly 80% of the reported 3.9 million registered voters turning out at the polls today.

Jubilant Kurds described today as “the best day of their life” and some even took to flying the Brazilian...

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Kurdish Independence Referendum on September 25th Raises Threats from Turkey, Iraq

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Turkey Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Brawl in D.C.

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:00pm 5/22/2017 at 4:00pm
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The Turkish government has summoned the U.S. ambassador over a brawl that Turkish bodyguards instigated in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., last week. From

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Erdogan’s Thug Bodyguards Beat Up Protesters…in America

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 8:30am 5/17/2017 at 8:30am
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President Donald Trump welcomed Turkish dictator president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House Tuesday.

A group of protesters outside of the Turkish Embassy showed support for the groups that Erdogan regularly cracks down on in Turkey. Erdogan’s bodyguards did not appreciate this move and decided to pummel the protesters in broad...

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To Appease Turkey’s Erdogan, Biden Tells Kurds to Retreat After Pushing Back ISIS

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 11:30am 8/25/2016 at 11:30am

The Obama Administration told Kurdish forces in Syria to move back from their positions after they seized control of the ISIS-held Syrian town of Manbij. “We’ve made it absolutely clear [to the Kurdish forces that] they must move back across the river,” Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Turkey on...

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Meet the women training to defend their homeland from ISIS

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As of now, I’m still planning on heading to Israel at the end of next week, though that could always change last minute. Family health issues seem under control at the moment, and I’m going with one of my daughters so I really didn’t want to cancel if at all possible.

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Turkish Parliament Breaks Out in Another Fight

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 4:30pm 5/3/2016 at 4:30pm

The Turkish parliament dived into another fistfight this week as the lawmakers debate changes to the country’s constitution.

The members fought again about stripping some members of parliament of their immunity if they face charges.

The fight “left one person with a dislocated shoulder and a second with a bloodied nose.”

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VIDEO: U.S. Special Forces, Peshmergas Rescue ISIS Hostages

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:35pm 10/26/2015 at 5:35pm

Last week, U.S. Forces teamed up with Kurdish Peshmergas to rescue captives held at an Islamic State compound in northern Iraq. The mission freed around 70 hostages, but led to the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler—the first U.S. service member to die in combat in Iraq since...

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Migrant Crisis: Turkey’s Erdogan Holds Europe Hostage

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:30am 10/6/2015 at 11:30am

With news reports in Germany putting the number of migrants expected at 1.5 million, the opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open boarder policy is rising. On Monday, about nine thousand people took to streets in Dresden at a rally called by the anti-...

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Will an independent Kurdistan emerge from Syria-Iraq chaos?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:07pm 6/12/2014 at 3:07pm
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We’ve been writing about the lack of a free and independent Kurdistan for years, It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan.

While the Palestinian agenda has dominated every international forum, the much more populous and ethnically distinct Kurds have been mostly ignored.  In part, this is because the Kurds span several nation...

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Kurds in Syria declare autonomy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 3:18pm 11/14/2013 at 3:18pm

While everyone has been focused on the Obamacare and Iranian-nuke debacles, the Kurdish region of Syria declared itself autonomous, which combined with the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq and the large Kurdish region in Turkey, may mark a significant step towards the establishment of a Kurdish state.

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It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00am 8/11/2013 at 11:00am

Why not?

The Kurds out number Palestinians several times over, and unlike Palestinians, have a real ethnic and cultural distinction from surrounding Arabs (and in Turkey, Turks). But for Europeans drawing lines on maps and Turkish national ambitions, there should h...

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