Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

Suicide Bomb Teacher Accidentally Gives Pupils Demonstration - 22 Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Terrorism 101 - don't conduct a class demonstration with a belt packed with live explosives. In a rather cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, a ...

International Indictment Against Top Aide Points Finger of Guilt at Iraqi Prime Minister

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The strategic importance of Iraq because of its central position between Syria, Iran, Jordan Saudi Arabia and Turkey cannot be underestimated. That is why it is essential to see the election of a moderate, non sectarian government in Baghdad, which could play a pivotal role in resolving conflict in the Middle East and ending the spiral of violence in Iraq itself.

Pipeline Politics and Benefits to Europe and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week's large Oil and Gas conference in Erbil, which I attended, marked the probably inexorable progress of the Kurdistan Region to economic independence and better and more reliable relationships with the rest of Iraq and with Turkey...

Baghdad Gets Its First British Bank Branch Since The War

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Standard Chartered has become the first British bank to open a branch in Iraq since the war, with Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki cutting the rib...

Ankara-Erbil Relations Rare Bright Spot in the Middle East

Gary Kent | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

When I began visiting the Kurdistan Region in 2006, one big issue was how best to deal with its awkward neighbour, Turkey. We heard stories of people finding it difficult to cross the border. One trade union delegation, delivering a fire engine to Erbil, was delayed for a day at the border without food or water. It was all pretty petty stuff but more serious dangers simmered. Just five years ago, 100,000 Turkish troops were poised on the border with the Kurdistan Region.

Ten Years After the Baghdad Bombing the UN Must Do More to Protect Its Workers From Deadly Attacks

Ian Richards | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Ian Richards

We're no longer the same UN. We're more and more in conflict zones. And we've taken certain decisions that mean we're no longer seen as neutral. The UN flag is now a target instead of a shield. That means we have to change how we go about things, because right now our colleagues and their families are paying too high a price.

Overcoming the Past in Iraqi Kurdistan Through Reform

Gary Kent | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The external environment for the Iraqi Kurds is better than for decades. My main fear is that if anyone can defeat the Kurds, it will be the Kurds. Th...

Iraqi Kurds: From Object to Subject of History

Gary Kent | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It sometimes seems that Iraqi Kurds have no word with the urgency of manana but it hasn't stopped Iraqi Kurdistan making tremendous strides in a few short years. The best start date for their renaissance is 2006, the first full year of the new Iraqi constitution, agreed by the people and which recognised Kurdistan as a largely autonomous region.

Iraq Car Bombs Kill At Least 57

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

Car bombs in Baghdad have killed at least 57 people, it has been reported. The BBC said the bombs targeted mainly Shia areas in the Iraqi capital. ...

Right to Condemn, Wrong to Apologise

Areeb Ullah | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Areeb Ullah

As a Muslim, I appreciated and acknowledged the need for Muslim organisations to rightly condemn the actions that took place this week but disagreed with both organisations reaffirming the need to distance Islam's true teachings from the individual who attacked the soldier.

Reflecting on Iraq: Ten Years On

Sara Daoud | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Daoud

A decade has passed since George Bush issued an ultimatum, demanding that Saddam Hussein and his sons were to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an invasion by the US. Bush's rhetoric made frequent mention of a 'free' Iraq, a country that would be 'liberated' from a dictator, yet the events that transpired from that ill-fated speech have devastated a country.

Media Mayhem in Iraq and Al Jazeera Arabic is a Victim Yet Again

Nehad Ismail | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

On Sunday 28th April, the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission announced the suspension of the operating licenses of nine Iraqi Satellite TV Stations and the closure of the Baghdad Offices of Al Jazeera Arabic. The justification given was that the mainly Sunni stations were inciting hatred and divisions in Iraq.

The Loss of Democracy in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

While the West frets over the increasingly bellicose utterances of North Korea's deranged delinquent dictator and wrings its hands in frustration over the on-going bloodbath in Syria, attention has strayed from Iraq as it spirals towards civil war.

Iraq - Lessons From an Insider

Paul Reynolds | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

In Iraq everyone privately knew the WMD thing was a pretext, and this assumption underpinned all our political work. No-one was 100% certain of the real aims. Still today. So we made it up.

Energy, Federalism, the Constitution and Iraqi Unity

Gary Kent | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The great achievement of post-Saddam Iraq is its transition from a centralised and mainly Sunni dominated one-party rule to federalism and power-sharing between Sunnis, Kurds and Shia, and small minorities. All this is, or should be, governed by the constitution, approved by over 80% of the people in a referendum in 2005.

An Audit of Iraq Ten Years On

Gary Kent | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurdistan region is clearly thriving as the safest, most stable, and prosperous part of Iraq, with a headstart of 12 years of relative freedom from Saddam. The number of deaths through terrorism is about 200 since 2003. It has built a major energy sector from nothing in just a few years. And it has helped stabilise the rest of Iraq and could be a model for it to follow.

Overcoming Tensions in Iraq and a Possible Railway Revolution

Gary Kent | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

New freight and passenger lines between, say, Basra, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Dohuk and Ceyhan in Turkey would drive new markets and knit people together wherever the borders are. And Iraq would be the transport hub of the whole region.

Beyond the Soldier Myth - Drones Strikes, Night Raids and Taliban Ambushes

Joe Glenton | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

The hero-soldier brand is undeniably potent. The increased presence of soldiers at sports events - be it at Premier League games or the Olympics - is a shrewd move by the PR-savvy Ministry of Defence. The idea of a wholesome, dutiful hero is very appealing and is very much a feature of British identity, intertwined as it is with our military history and our imperial present.

Iraq Ten Years On: Was It Worth It?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics

Ten years on from the invasion of Iraq, the controversial question still remains as to whether or not the war was worth it. On 7 February, to mark...

Iranians Protest Outside US Embassy After Refugee Attack In Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

Demonstrators protested outside the US Embassy in London after assailants fired rockets at a refugee camp for an Iranian exile group in Iraq, killing ...

'Ten Years On I Will Say This.. It Must Never Happen Again'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Politics

The bitter divisions over the Iraq war were reopened on Thursday evening, almost exactly a decade after the invasion. Panelists were asked ‘was i...

LIVEBLOG: The Great Iraq Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK

As the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq invasion approaches, The Huffington Post UK is hosting a debate asking 'Was It Worth It?'. Our panellists ...

Sarah Dean

IRAQ TEN YEARS ON: 'Everything That Is Bad Has Surfaced' | Sarah Dean | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

On 19 August 2003, almost five months to the day that the US army led the invasion into Iraq, a man drove his truck into the UN headquarters in Baghda...