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.
The two main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met in Erbil to conduct negotiations to form the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), however, they failed to achieve a breakthrough once again.
With neighboring Iran diverting rivers and building dams, Kurdish farmers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are in the midst of an already severe water crisis that threatens to get even worse, thanks to national and regional governments failing to acknowledge the urgency of the problem.
Before the May 6 vote, leaders from across the deeply divided political establishment sounded the alarm about the state’s finances and economy. Lebanon is the world’s third-most indebted nation with a debt-to-GDP ratio of more than 150 percent