Worldwide campaign against Female Genital Mutilation. More information about FGM in the non-African Arab world as well as in Africa.
Recent statements by Iraqi Kurdish leaders have again reaffirmed the goal of independence. But we’ve been here before and the obstacles remain formidable. In recent statements, Iraqi Kurdish leaders have spoken rather more plainly than before about the inevitability (if not the imminence) of Kurdish independence. In an interview at Davos on 19 January published on the Kurdistan 24 website (full text below) President Masud Barzani, the most powerful single individual in Iraqi Kurdistan, said “We have already started talks regarding Kurdistan independence with Baghdad and we can …
When Mosul is taken back from IS the fighting coalition will have conflicting aims. Need for reform and negotiation, not more arms and soldiers.
Turkey’s army now inside Syria fighting both IS and Kurds – and that may not be the only escalation in the offing. US provide cover.
Yesterday’s post noted progress made against IS in Fallujah, and referred to urgent UN appeals for humanitarian assistance to Iraqis. In northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has made a similar call, requesting international aid for those fleeing the fighting with IS in Manbij.
Syria peace talks always threatened by continuing fighting, but resume with support from Washington and Moscow. Opposition willing to talk to Asad regime but not to Asad himself.
have made great gains in Iraq and Syria, but their future is not assured. Kurds in Syria to announce a federal system.
Along with the loss of Ramadi in Iraq, IS is under pressure in Syria from the mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, apparently with both US and Russian air support.
Russian military action on offer, US acting without informing Baghdad. al-Abadi not in control of Shia militias and under pressure from his own party.
Turkey’s new stance offers new possibilities in Syria, but the complications are ever more complicated. NATO meets today at Turkey’s request.