Category Archives: Iraq

Will the Yezidi Persecution Lead to Their Cultural Extinction?

By Przha Bahaddin Salih: This is an edited extract of a paper written for the AUIS which you can download in full below. Genocide in the History of the Yezidis Yezidis have faced genocide – the mass killing of a race or group of people – multiple times through the centuries. Every time they face…

Women Sex Trafficking in Iraq

By Rusul Hamed Muhammed: The abuses of Daesh, especially against Yazidi women and girls, have gained world attention. But the overall problem in Iraq pre-dates Daesh and has grown especially since 2003, as Rusul’s paper explains. Women sex trafficking is a very important and broad topic that concerns all cultures around the world. Iraq, as a…

Kurds Must Be Part of the New Middle East: Interview with Dr. Mehmet Gurses & Dr. David Romano

Interview by Benjamin Kweskin: Mehmet Gurses is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He received his doctorate from University of North Texas and his research interests include democratization, ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace building and democratization, Kurdish politics, and Political Islam. David Romano holds the Thomas G. Strong Professor…

Iraq: What is the Next State of Euphoria?

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, had raised people’s expectations for an end to the country’s political impasse when he presented to parliament (March 31) a new list of ministers that could form a new dawn. But there are already voices who are in disagreement with his choice, raising concerns…

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,…