Category Archives: Kurdish Regional Government

kirkuk – a city’s frontline in the middle east

when i think of kirkuk, i see plastic bags waving in the wind, caught up in barbwire. kirkuk is made up of many walls, protected by barbwire on top. it is there that many lonely plastic bags have been caught; … Continue reading

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Peshmerga: united in future?

Tell History is an awesome project which collects short stories about people’s experiences during historical events and processes. To support this project, I was recently asked to talk about my experiences in Kurdistan – see: Visiting Iraq without Iraqi approval – discovering Kurdistan and … Continue reading

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winter is coming

the kurdish battle only started. now, winter is coming. paper beats scissor in the financial winter following international media reporting, it is easy to think about war only in terms of uniforms, boots and steel. but the war against the … Continue reading

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where did all the weapons go?

news reports on military assistance and much needed weapon delivery to the kurdish regional government and its peshmerga units in the fight against the islamic state filled the pages of both local and international media for a while. a question … Continue reading

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thank you for the islamic state

there is something odd about international politics. alliance formations have shown again and again that even fiercely proclaimed ideologies are pushed aside all too easily whenever interest align. deeply entrenched moral divisions are secondary to security, and even framed states, … Continue reading

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revisiting the islamic state and kurdish strategy

being a terrorist is like running a business. it needs a strategy, loyal subordinates who carry out the directives and some sort of basic business plan. income, output. the old story. plus, it needs pr. a lot of it. yet, … Continue reading

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greetings from the front lines: kirkuk

there is something incredibly odd about seeing the black flag of the islamic state flapping in the wind; particularly when it is not on a television screen but through a pair of binoculars that you see it. it was today that my journey … Continue reading

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