samedi 28 juin 2014

Northern Iraq (articles) Turkmens kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq and Barzani declaration on Kirkuk

At least 40 Shia Turkmen kidnapped by ISIS
Forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) kidnapped at least 40 Shia Turkmen, dynamited four Shia places of worship, and ransacked homes and farms in two Shia villages bordering the Iraqi city of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. The assaults took place during a violent three-day spree that began on June 23, 2014.

Ex-Saddam Baathists unite in Ninevah campaign

Whatever the eventual shape and status of Iraqi Kurdistan, the immediate result of the current turmoil will be a stronger and more influential Kurdish entity. Whether the central authorities in the capitals of the region like it or not, that will one day have an impact on the debate about the future shape of Syria and the position of the Syrian Kurds. Likewise, with a new chapter in the relations between Turkey and its Kurds about to be opened, a confident Kurdish government in Arbil, fully supported by Ankara, will strengthen the hands of the Kurds in Diyarbakır in their quest for democratic autonomy within the present borders of Turkey.

What I did not say by JOOST LAGENDIJK (Cihan/Today's Zaman)

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