Category Archives: Terrorism

Petition: FIFA must strip terror-backing Qatar of its right to host World Cup 2022

By Mama Yara: Millions of soccer fans were dismayed by FIFA’s decision to hold the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Kurds are also furious at FIFA’s backing for a state that has financed deadly terrorism in Syria and Iraq. We urge FIFA to immediately strip Qatar of its right to host the World Cup 2022…

Maliki government is the cancer of Iraq

By Mufid Abdulla: No one should be at all surprised by the latest news from the BBC that that level of violence in Iraq has risen back to 2008 levels. Nuri Maliki’s government has produced nothing but corruption and a bloodbath in the centre and south of Iraq. It soon became clear that this administration’s priority…

The US Should Reconsider PKK Terror Designation

Michael Rubin

By Michael Rubin: The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) began an insurgency and terrorist campaign against Turkey in 1984, and the United States designated the group to be a terrorist entity 13 years later largely out of deference to Turkey. Turks may insist that the PKK remains a terrorist group, and Kurdish supporters may say it…

On Terror

Interview with Amjed Rasheed: Interviewed by Aras Ahmed Mhamad AAM: How do you define terrorism? Who is a terrorist?  AR: The term ‘terrorism’ or ‘terrorist” is ‘problematique’and relative. For instance, the states, as social structures, exercise what Weber calls it “a legitimate violence”, but why are states’ aggressive actions labelled as being “legitimate violence”? I…

The Kurdish v. Jihadist battleground in Syria: ramifications in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Zana Khasraw Gul, Open Democracy: On September 29, a rare attack occurred in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in which the headquarters of the Kurdistan security forces (Asayish) were targeted. The KRG has brought about rapid economic development in Iraqi Kurdistan, a region of Iraq that enjoys peace and security and is nothing…

On the Erbil attacks

Amjed Rasheed

By Amjed Rasheed: The Erbil attacks on September 29th were shocking. According to witnesses on the ground, the attacks consisted of five separate operations, carried out by six terrorist members. It has left six fatalities and more than 66 injured security personal and civilians. The Kurdistan region was safe from such acts for six years….