Northern Iraq has oil bubbling out of the ground and a Kuwaiti oil trader in Sweden knows where it’s heading
Kurdistan is a region straddling northern Iraq, Western Iran, eastern Turkey and parts of Syria and Armenia. Some 30 million Kurds inhabit the region, and have struggled for decades recognition, influence, and an independent nation-state.
Israel was the lone regional voice supporting an independent Kurdistan, while the U.S., U.K. and Russia favored a unified Iraq as well. "A stable and unified Kurdish entity in the middle of this swamp, is not a bad idea," Netanyahu said in September. The prime minister added that while Israel sees the Kurdish guerillas PKK as a terrorist organization, "it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state."
After the referendum, the Iraqi government led a military campaign to retake areas held by the Kurds, the city of Kirkuk becoming the initial flashpoint. After several military defeats the Kurds have largely backed down in their bid for independence and have yet to declare their own state.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the coalition cannot discuss specific movements and locations of forces in Syria
Russian President Putin was in Turkey on Tuesday, joining Turkish President Erdogan at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a Russian-made nuclear power plant
The crowded terrain has become more combustible as Turkey ever more loudly threatens to push through these lines to attack the nearby Kurdish-Arab town of Manbij and other Kurdish-run towns further east
'They will stay. They have an ally here'
With nearly a two-month long operation underway in Syria against the YPG, which Turkey equates with the PKK, Erdogan is now threatening to pursue the group into Iraq
Iraq's Joint Operations Command denied that any foreign forces had crossed the border into Iraq
Turkey and the West no longer share any strategic interests. In fact, Ankara regards the West as a key security threat
'The people with cars are sleeping in the cars, the people without are sleeping under the trees with their children'
Dozens of Turkey's Kurdish and leftist groups appealed to world powers on Sunday to press for Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to withdraw from Afrin to avoid a 'human tragedy'