In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
Amid objections to timing, campaigning for Kurdistan Region's Parliamentary elections has kicked off on Tuesday. Voters will be seeing election campaigns scattered throughout the region, of nominees running to win one of the 111 seats in the Kurdish parliament.
Sirwan Barzani a official in charge of the Peshmerga in the Kuwair-Makhmour region said that the Peshmerga, in cooperation with the coalition jets have been able to target five ISIS hideouts and kill 11 militants in Nineveh Province.
During the General Conference of the Unions of Religious Leaders in the Kurdistan Leader, KRG President Nechirvan Barzani warns of the spread of extremist ideology and says that his government is doing its best to counter their influence in the region.
A long list of difficult files awaits the new Iraqi government, whose birth seems challenging. An example of these complex problems is the deterioration of the water crisis after Turkey began operating the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River, which is now shyly flowing in Baghdad.