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Baghdad Should Love Bomb the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds face the world's wealthiest and best armed terrorist organisation in Daish (Isil) and are struggling to cope with a 20% increase in its population through a massive influx of desperate refugees and internally displaced people in just a few months...

Kurdish Protesters Shut Down Oxford Circus Tube

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

Kurdish protesters shut down Oxford Circus tube station in central London, to protest about the perceived lack of action to protect the town of Kobane...

Islamic State Is On Turkey's Doorstep, As It Besieges Kurdish Town

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State fighters are close to taking a town just a few miles from the Turkish border, a fight which would be a symbolic victory over the Kurds w...

Air Strikes, Hypocrisy and the Money Trail

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

Air strikes alone won't defeat ISIL. The organisation is clearly goading the West into direct confrontation. Once we get the first pictures of Muslim women and children killed by US missiles, no matter how isolated these incidents would be, that would up the ante in ISIL's propaganda war. This is when allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar will get cold feet.

Kurdish Questions in the Commons

Gary Kent | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Abiding by international norms is what most governments do unless and until those norms can be amended and Abadi should understand that without a truly fresh start, pro-Kurdish voices will become louder.

Arm the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons returned this week to a major statement from Prime Minister David Cameron on several international crises including Iraq. Denouncing Isil barbarism, he defined his position as providing equipment to the Kurdish forces and supporting US military air strikes...

ISIS behead Peshmerga Fighter, Social Media Lessons From James Foley

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have warned Kurdish officials over their alliance with United States of America in a short video where they seemingly behead a Peshmerga fighter.

After the Islamic State Deluge, Who Will Save Iraqis?

Neil Durkin | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Following the horrific killing of the US photo-journalist James Foley, international anti-Islamic State rhetoric has gone up a notch. World leaders are all inveighing against the group. But in truth it's still not really clear what's being done to help the Yezidis, the Christians, the Shi'a Turkmen, the Shabaks, and indeed anyone in Iraq (including Sunni Muslims) threatened by the Islamic State and other armed jihadi groups.

Kurdistan's Deputy PM Just Gave Best Excuse Yet For Not Doing Ice Bucket Challenge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

Your Facebook feed may be packed with videos, and celebrities are embracing the craze zealously, but a senior Kurdistan politician just gave the best ...

Misogynistic Fanatics Prey on Women and Children in Kurdistan Region and Iraq

Laween Atroshi | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Laween Atroshi

The Kurdish proverb 'we have no friends but the mountains' has proven that the Kurds do have friends, not only the diaspora but everyone who is against IS/ISIS.

UN Warns Of 'Massacre' As IS Cut Off 26,000 From Food And Water

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK

A massacre is imminent in norther Iraq unless immediate steps are taken, with the 26,000-strong town of Amerli cut off from electricity, food supplies...

Is This Really The Only Option Left To Defeat Islamic State...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Britain should not be "squeamish" about an alliance with Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat the radical jihadists of Islamic State (IS), former k...

Social Networking Sites Facilitate a Platform for ISIS

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Ruwayda Mustafah

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of accounts on Twitter that promote and justify killings of civilians in Iraq, as well as Kurdistan. Some of the accounts tweet in Arabic, but have a English disclaimer that says, "Not IS". Other accounts are promoting IS ideological beliefs and urging others to join IS.

'We Have No Choice But To Fight' Cameron Says, As UK Arms Kurds Against ISIS

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK

The advance of Islamic State extremists poses a "clear danger" to the future safety of Britain's streets, David Cameron said as he explained his decis...

US Airstrikes Against ISIS - America's Selective Humanitarian Interventionism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

The issue I want to raise is why the U.S. has decided to intervene now? Whilst I'm totally against any western military intervention in the Muslim world, one can't help but question the thought process of foreign policy makers in Washington.

America and the Kurds: A Case for Fresh and Urgent Rethinking

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Fresh thinking is required. The KRG is operating a twin track policy of seeking to defend itself against Sunni extremists and helping build the democratic capacity of Baghdad while also pursuing the course of independence. The two go together.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is becoming increasingly feasible that the Kurds will no longer remain in the cold house that Iraq again became and parts of which are now ablaze. The response to the yes or no question on independence is becoming a definite maybe.

A Tale of Two Doctors and the Kurdish Struggle

Gary Kent | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Kurdish Doctor Najmaldin Karim once helped save the life of President Reagan when he was shot. Now his urgent job as its elected Governor is to help save the Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

Payback For ISIS As 'Militants Execute' Judge Who Signed Saddam Death Warrant

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

The judge who sentenced former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to hang has been executed by ISIS militants, multiple reports have alleged. The Iraqi ...

It's Still About the Oil

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

The Iraq war was always about oil. The ISIS extremists who are trying to seize control of the country's largest refinery know that. Everyone was braced for the battle for Baghdad. But first they went after the oil. Just like the Americans.

Understanding the Kurdish Oil Dispute

Gary Kent | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds of Iraq cannot be accused of impatience over exploiting their energy riches. Oil has been underground for millennia and as it bubbled to the surface was used in traditional medical treatments. But those who ruled Iraq neglected it, apart from the Kirkuk region which was forcibly taken from the Kurds...

Important New Phase in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

When I first visited the Kurdistan Region in 2006, I had no idea that I would still be going there, as the Director of a cross party group building bridges between our countries or, indeed, writing this column nearly a decade later.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 14.06.2014 | 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.

Soft Power and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Soft power can influence others to want the same things as the UK "by building positive international relationships and coalitions which defend our interests and security, uphold our national reputation and promote our trade and prosperity." The report also says it should be carefully combined with hard power, essentially military force, to form "smart power."

New Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry Into the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The decision by the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament to initiate an in-depth and comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of the Kurdistan Region is a triumph for all those who have long argued for the need to increase understanding between the UK and the Kurdistan Region.