Turkey's airstrikes on Kurdish regions in Syria and Iraq recently raised many an eyebrow around the globe. They left world leaders wondering if there will be more strikes and, if so, how the escalation will unfold. This article is a sequel to Amberin Zaman’s piece on April 25 that reflected the viewpoints of the United States, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Baghdad. This will focus on the perspectives of Ankara and Moscow, Ankara's strategic calculations behind the attacks and Moscow’s position on the events.
If forces in Iraq succeed in liberating Ninevah province and its capital, Mosul, from the Islamic State (IS), many observers fear conflicts are likely to ignite over disputed areas and their management — and to pose a threat to minorities as well.
The leader of the Islamic State (IS) have started to flee the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, as US-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in on the jihadists' largest stronghold.
The Shingal Resistance Units (YBS), affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), said its fighters are preparing for operations to regain the Iraqi northern city of Mosul, which has been under the control of Islamic State (IS) militants since June 2014.
Adil Abdulmahdi, a leader of the Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council, met Gorran (Change Movement) Leader Nawshirwan Mustafa in Sulaimaniya, the second biggest city in Kurdistan Region, and asked Kurdish deputies in Baghdad to return the Iraqi capital.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has asked the parliament to authorize him with more power to bring further reforms in his cabinet.
A member of the Iraqi parliament defense and security commission stated that the flag of Turkey has been hoisted in one of the pass ways in a village in Baashqa, north of Iraq.
A spokesman of the coalition conducting operations against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group appreciated a recent operation against the group by Hashid al-Shaabi.
An advisor to Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani has stated that the liberation of the Iraqi northern city of Ramadi last week would pave way for the release of the northern second biggest city of Mosul that fell to the control of the Islamic State in June 2014.
The Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi says Ankara shows no respect to an agreement on pulling back its troops from the country’s north, accusing the Turkish forces of causing “lots of tension” in the region.