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talking to enemies

there is a certain challenge to working on military merging processes. for starters, the military is a sensitive matter in any nation. suspicions are high to look for spies and anyone who might use information against themselves. because, despite europe … Continue reading

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rethinking ‘unification’

having spent almost three month in the kurdish north of iraq, the impressions i was left with are those of many paradoxes: there is both unity and division deeply entrenched in the kurdish mind, secularism and religion live side by … Continue reading

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greetings from the front lines: zumar

it is the old moscovite idea: ‘what i can not have, my enemy shall never enjoy. and burn the city down.’ the islamic state gave the old saga a twist. they are not burning the cities they leave, they are … 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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the difference between kobane and erbil

with the islamic state’s flag being raised above kobane for the first time, voices whisper in erbil, whether this could have happened here as well. and, if it could have happened in the past, is there a chance it might … Continue reading

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taking back mosul

recently there seems to be movement on the international front. a coalition, joined by the us trustees in the gulf started bombing isis-stations in syria. following academic writings and speculations, the attack in syria would be the vital punch against … Continue reading

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greetings from the front line: mula abdula

having been to two front lines before, the excitemet of actually seeing the flag of the islamic state was significantly lower compared to that of my company. but still, there was something about the closeness of this front line that … Continue reading

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