Middle East update: September 22 2017

IRAQ The Popular Mobilization Units have reportedly joined the operation to liberate Hawijah from ISIS. This isn’t surprising from an operational perspective–the Iraqis are fighting here, at nearby Shirqat, and in western Anbar simultaneously, so it’s all hands on deck–but it could spell trouble for next week’s Kurdish independence referendum. Hawijah is in Kirkuk province,… Continue reading Middle East update: September 22 2017

Khalifa b. Hamad Al Thani (1932-2016)

It’s not often you hear about a former emir dying, because most emirs only become former emirs upon their death. But Khalifa b. Hamad Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar and the grandfather of the current emir, Tamim b. Hamad Al Thani, had kind of an unusual regal experience, all things considered. And since… Continue reading Khalifa b. Hamad Al Thani (1932-2016)