Middle East update: November 7 2017

This is going to be our only update tonight. I’ll double up on the rest of the world tomorrow. IRAQ Per Musings on Iraq, Turkmen forces responsible for looting and violence in Tuz Kharmato during the Iraqi advance on Kirkuk last month are trying to claim that it was the retreating Kurds who damaged and… Continue reading Middle East update: November 7 2017

Well, as worst-case scenarios go…

It seems like only yesterday we were just speculating that maybe Russian planes buzzing Turkish airspace wasn’t exactly good news for, you know, the human race. Welp, you’ll never guess what happened today: Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of… Continue reading Well, as worst-case scenarios go…

What’s the next potential fault line in Iraq?

It didn’t take long to identify one: Wearing a flak jacket with a pistol on his hip, the president of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF), Arshad Salihi, announced yesterday the mobilisation of a new Turkmen militia in the city of Kirkuk, saying that if the Kurdish Peshmerga forces “refuse to return Kirkuk [to the Iraqi… Continue reading What’s the next potential fault line in Iraq?