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Kurdistan prepared to freeze referendum results amid clashes and oil effects

Dubai — Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said it’s prepared to freeze the results of last month’s independence referendum, which triggered deadly clashes with government troops and hurt oil exports. The KRG also proposed an immediate ceasefire and talks with the central government in Baghdad “on the basis of […]


As ISIS Nears Defeat, Old Rivalries Flare Up With Oil at Stake

In 2014, when Islamic State rushed into northern Iraq, the region’s rival factions and their international backers turned their attention to defeating the extremists despite old rivalries, sectarian divisions, and differing agendas. Three years later, as Islamic State nears defeat, having been expelled from its stronghold of Mosul and its […]


Kurdistan’s Isolation Deepens as Iraq Severs Banking Links

Iraqi authorities halted key financial transactions with the country’s Kurdish region, deepening its isolation after last week’s overwhelming vote in favor of independence. The central bank banned lenders with headquarters in the northern Kurdistan region from taking part in dollar auctions, according to a central bank official who asked not to […]


Analysis: Assad’s Allies Trying To Reshape Lebanon’s Syria Policy

Since the start of the Syrian conflict, Lebanon’s government has officially adopted a policy of ‘disassociation’ toward the war next door. However, now some Lebanese political parties and organizations allied with Bashar al-Assad seem to be trying to overthrow the policy. BEIRUT – President Bashar al-Assad’s allies in Lebanon have continued […]