Maliki bolstered by sweep

April 30, 2008

The Iraqi PM’s recent move to restore order in Basra may have been successful, but extending that success to Mosul will prove difficult.Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent crackdown on militias in Basra has opened a fresh chapter in Iraqi politics, given the army new impetus, and restored a degree of public confidence in the...
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A time for moderates?

April 17, 2008

The twenty fifth Turkish military incursion into Iraqi Kurdistan to root out the PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party) and the way it ended proved that that there can be no military solution to this issue. It has been tried 25 times, with and without the help of the Iraqi Kurds and the United States, and...
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What Do the Insurgents Want? Different Visions, Same Bloody Tactics

May 5, 2005

The 60-wheel trailer was carrying a giant power generator on the highway to Musayyib, 30-odd miles south of Baghdad, last week. Guarded by six cars carrying police and the Iraqi National Guard, the convoy was passing along the notorious Baghdad road near Lutifiyah, a hotbed of insurgent activity where many kidnappings and attacks on...
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The view from Kurdistan

July 22, 2004

For the past decade, the relationship between the Kurds in Iraq and the Turkish government has been characterized by mistrust on the Kurdish side and paranoia on the Turkish side. Now that could change, especially with the new interim government in Baghdad.Since 1992, Turkey has had a Kurdish self-governing enclave on its border that...
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