Category Archives: Iraq

Peshmerga and the Ongoing Fight against ISIS

By Dr Simon Ross Valentine: One of the most significant “players” in the fight against ISIS (the Islamic State), is the Peshmerga, the Kurdish army of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi-Kurdistan. “The Peshmerga are brave fighters who punch above their weight”, stated .Lt. Gen. Barbero, the former Head of US Training of the Iraqi Army….

28 Years After the Attacks on Halabja: ISIS Uses Chemical Weapons Against Civilians in Iraq

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Press Release: There is growing evidence that the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (ISIS) has used mustard and chlorine gas against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Iraq. The Jiyan Foundation condemns the use of chemical weapons and stands in solidarity with the victims. ISIS terrorists recently attacked civilians with mustard gas…

Escaped Yazidi Girl Pleads with UK Parliamentarians to Rescue Kidnapped Women and Children

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Salwa Khalaf Rasho, an 18-year-old Yezidi who escaped Islamic State captivity after eight months, met today in London in several private meetings to plead for help in rescuing over 3100 Yezidis still kidnapped by ISIS. She was accompanied to the meetings with activists Jemal Bailoz Shaveshyan, Dr. Amy L. Beam,…

Iraq: The Obscenity of Chemical Weapons

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: With the firing of mortars containing a chemical agent at the Iraqi town of Taza, south of the city of Kirkuk, and the death of a 3-year-old girl from the exposure, Daesh is undoubtedly escalating the war a few notches. The little girl died of respiratory complications and kidney…

Iraq: Establishing Security is the Biggest Challenge

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: Casualty figures in Iraq are a grim reminder of the government’s inability to protect its citizens. It is a failure that should be one of the principal factors behind any prospective state reforms. It should take precedence over any other domain because, without sustaining security, it would be far…

Turkish Army Suffers Heavy Losses in Kurdistan: Why Does Ankara Hide This?

By the Inside Syria Media Center:   The Inside Syria Media Center reports from Iraq that the Turkish armed forces suffered heavy losses in a battle against the Kurds on 16 February 2016. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters downed a Turkish S-70 Black Hawk helicopter with heavy machine gun fire. The helicopter crashed in an…

Iraqi Kurds – What Goes Around Comes Around

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By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: At some stage in their recent history, Iraqi Kurds did very well in their overall socio-economic development, to the extent that they were the envy of their nearest neighbour: the Arabs. It was widely reported to be a regional economic powerhouse. Not now though. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)…

Is Mosul the Kurds’ Fight?

By Ata Hariri: As talk increases about the possibility off a 2016 offensive against Mosul, one key question has only been skirted around: Whether or not the Peshmerga will play a significant role in the actual attack on Mosul. While they have already played an important role, cutting off supply routes, driving back ISIS forces in…

Yazidi Translators’ Treacherous Escape from Shingal to Germany

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Nayf’s Journey At daybreak, December 8, one of my Yazidi translators, Nayf, landed safely in the Greek Island of Chios in a rubber boat with his fiancée and her family of six. This was their second attempt after failing to make it to Kos Island from Bodrum last week. They…

Turkish Incursion Not for Liberating Mosul, But for Deepening Sectarian Conflicts & Further Damaging Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process

Open Letter: Mr. Martin Schulz, President, European Parliament Honorable President Schulz: In retrospect, since the early 1990s, Turkey has, occasionally, tried to cross the Turkish-Iraqi border, and enter the (KR) Kurdistan Region’s territory. First, they were against the newly established Kurdish administration in Kurdistan-Iraq, and now they are using the euphemism of liberating Mosul from Da’esh….

We Demand Immediate Withdrawal of Turkish Troops from Kurdistan

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)  Statement: Turkey is commiting another crime against Kurdish people and the people of the Middle East by entering Bashur/Iraqi Kurdistan and deploying unwanted troops in Mousel without any request or authorization from the Kurdistan parliament or Iraqi federal authority. The Turkish forces — comprising around one armored regiment with many tanks,…

Ignoring Self-Determination: The Imperialist Agenda and The Artificial Failed State of Iraq

By M.I. Augustine: From the time Cyrus the Great of Iran conquered Babylon in 539 B.C., all the way until British cartographers created something called “Iraq” in 1920, the area along the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers was never a united political entity.  Due to one very important business interest, the British, after WWI, clumsily drew…

Security and Economy of the Gulf State and Kurdistan State

By Dr. Saman Shali: The economy plays an important role in the international stage. How to protect it, however, is one of the top priorities of the producing countries, especially in areas where oil is a dominant force in the world economy. We all know that the interests of consuming countries in the Gulf. Any…

What Yezidi Sex Slaves Need: Money, Immigration, Revenge

By Dr. Amy L. Beam:  MONEY Many people want to help the Yezidi people who were viciously attacked, slaughtered, and kidnapped last August in Shingal, Iraq, but they do not know who to trust with a donation. I have sat in the tents and one-room container homes of many Yezidi women who have escaped from…

Kurdistan’s Independence: From 4 to 1-State Solution – The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 1 of 2 Introduction: The Kurdish political leadership in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, in Northern Iraq, was about to carry out a referendum to declare independence when Daesh, meaning Donkeys in Arabic, Jihadist terrorists – the so-called ISIS, showed up at their doorsteps….