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Turkey must beware the Kurdish quagmire - Arab News

Turkey is among the countries that will be seriously affected by the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. However, the vote was not a surprise for any farsighted leader, since the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud ...and more »

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan - Foreign Policy (blog)

America should calm the waters, begin the search for compromises, and keep the very worst from happening. By John Hannah. | October 2, 2017, 4:06 PM. Supporters wave flags and chant slogans inside the Erbil Stadium while waiting to hear Kurdish ...and more »

Iraq – Death of Jalal Talabani (3 October 2017) - France Diplomatie (press release)

France pays tribute to the memory of Jalal Talabani, the historic leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and President of Iraq from 2006 to 2014, who died on October 3. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, as well as ...and more »

After Threat of War, Iraq and Kurds Lower the Temperature - New York Times

ERBIL, Iraq — The world could be excused for thinking that another war was about to break out in Iraq. After Iraq's Kurds voted in favor of independence, they took to the streets, waving flags and honking horns, and loudly scoffing at Baghdad's ...and more »

Catalans and Kurds have a long battle ahead for true independence - The Conversation AU

People raise hands during a protest as Catalan regional police officers stand guard outside the National Police station in Barcelona. Reuters/Yves Herman. Email · Twitter30; Facebook24; LinkedIn2; WhatsApp · Messenger; Print. Secession movements come ...and more »

How the US Can Quell the Kurdish Crisis - Bloomberg

There is still time to keep Iraq from breaking apart, but Washington cannot wait to be asked to mediate. by. Meghan L. O'Sullivan. @OSullivanMeghan More stories by Meghan L. O'Sullivan. 23. October 4, 2017, 6:00 AM PDT. Have patience. Photographer ...and more »

After the Kurdish Independence Referendum - Foreign Affairs

In the face of enormous opposition, on Monday Iraqi Kurdistan went ahead with a referendum on independence. Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States were among the major international powers that urged the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG ...and more »

How did the Kurds get Washington so wrong? - American Enterprise Institute

A week ago, Iraqi Kurdistan had an independence referendum in which Kurds, as expected, voted overwhelmingly for independence, albeit with a bit less enthusiasm than they had a decade ago. Despite Kurdish leaders' citations of principles like freedom ...and more »

Hezbollah says Kurdish vote a step towards wider Mideast partition - Middle East Eye

The powerful Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Saturday that an Iraqi Kurdish independence vote marked a first step towards the partition of the Middle East, warning that this would lead to "internal wars" and must be opposed. Hassan Nasrallah, head of ...and more »

Jalal Talabani: 'The Rare Politician Who Could Talk to Anybody' - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Jalal Talabani, who dominated Kurdish politics for decades, ascended to the Iraqi presidency in the post-Saddam Hussein era, and yet remained Mam (“uncle”) Jalal ...and more »