Analysis & Commentary


9th November 2017 - Quoted by Ziva Dahl - The Washington Times

Smashing a critical American ally

John Hannah

On Oct. 16, Iranian-backed Shia militias, together with 9,000 Iraqi government forces, armed and trained by the U.S., invaded and took Kirkuk from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

8th November 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On October 16, the world woke to footage of the Iraqi army barreling toward Kirkuk, several hundred miles north of Baghdad. Their mission was to reclaim the city, but not from jihadists; rather, they planned to win it back from the Kurds. Three years ago, as the Islamic State (ISIS) tore...

2nd November 2017 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc and Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi - Agence France Presse

Year after arrests, Turkey pro-Kurd party weakened but defiant

Aykan Erdemir

One year after the arrest of its charismatic chief, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party defiantly insists it is the only true opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but faces an uphill battle to remain a major force.

31st October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Abadi: We’ll bring Kurds to heel, as US shifts (slowly) in pro-Kurdish direction

John Hannah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi affirmed his intent to undertake two dramatic measures that would drastically weaken the Kurdistan Region.

25th October 2017 - The Washington Times

The Kurdish test

Clifford D. May

It’s essential that President Trump make clear that further threats to the security and integrity of the Kurdish region will not be countenanced, that any advance on Erbil will be met with stiff sanctions and, if necessary, force. The U.S. should insist that all military operations cease...

19th October 2017 - AM 770

Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the fall of Raqqa and the futures of ISIS and the Kurds on Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ava Homa - Kurdistan 24

Senator James Inhofe criticizes Kirkuk attack as ‘counterproductive,’ warns against Iran influence

John Hannah

Senator James Inhofe on Tuesday expressed concerns about Iraq entering hostilities with the Kurdistan Region which has been “a stabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

17th October 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

US ‘Helping Iran Conquer Kirkuk,’ Kurdish Military Official Tells Israeli News Outlet

John Hannah

A representative of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces told an Israeli media outlet on Tuesday that “all our friends have abandoned us” and blamed the US for “ultimately helping Iran conquer” the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

16th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Trump claims neutrality in Iraqi-Kurdish clash, but meets substantial criticism

John Hannah

US President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, following a lunch with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell aimed at repairing the President’s tattered relations with Congressional Republicans.

16th October 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces recapture contentious Kirkuk in overnight offensive

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government quickly capitalized on its victory against the Islamic State in the adjacent city of Hawija and turned its energy on the secessionist Kurds in Kirkuk. The rapid offensive exposes deep fault lines in the anti-Islamic State coalition and within Kurdish politics.

11th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Zalmay Khalilzad: US should mediate between Erbil and Baghdad

John Hannah

Former US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, called on the US to become “very actively engaged” in negotiating the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad that has followed the independence referendum.

5th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

WATCH: Sen. Marco Rubio: US needs to prevent conflict after Kurdistan referendum

John Hannah

Sen. Marco Rubio added his voice to the growing number of figures in Washington, DC who now stress the importance of reducing tensions and preventing conflict in the region, following the Sep. 25 Kurdistan independence referendum.

5th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Fearing an Independent Kurdistan, Erdogan Travels to Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Iran on Wednesday for meetings with the country’s supreme leader, president, and other regime officials.

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan24

Rep. Mike Gallagher: US should promote Erbil-Baghdad talks

John Hannah

Congressman Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, told Kurdistan 24, “The Kurdish people have overwhelmingly spoken” in their independence referendum.

2nd October 2017 - Foreign Policy

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan

John Hannah

You have to hand it to them. U.S. officials nailed it. Prior to the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, they couldn’t have been clearer in setting out the parade of horribles that might come to pass if the vote went ahead.

30th September 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security

Aykan Erdemir

FDD seior fellow Aykan Erdemir discuss the Kurdish referendum for independence on Strictly Security on i24 News.

29th September 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Referendum Triggers Turkish Vitriol against Kurds – and Jews

Aykan Erdemir

Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and neighboring disputed territories. The Turkish government, in close coordination with Iran and Iraq, has been a vocal opponent of Kurdish independence.

29th September 2017 - CGTN

CGTN America

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins a discussion on Kurdistan’s independence referendum on CGTN America.

26th September 2017 - i24 News

Special Edition

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow joins i24 News to discuss the Kurdish referendum.

26th September 2017 - SBS

SBS Radio Turkish

Aykan Erdemir

A former member of the Turkish Parliament Aykan Erdemir is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in USA. Mr Erdemir is talking on Iraqi Kurds' independence referendum and Turkeys anxieties.

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