Update for Friday, October 6, 2017

Update for Friday, October 6, 2017

PM Abadi announces that Iraqi forces have retaken the city of Hawija. Some bad news for this is that it sets up a confrontation between Baghdad and Kurdistan over control of Kirkuk. The body of Iraqi Kurdish leader, founder of the PUK and former pres...

Update for Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Update for Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Kurdistan independence referendum has engendered fierce push back in the region, but it may be mostly bluster. Iraq's civil aviation authority demanded that Erbil cede control of Kurdistan's airports to Iraq. The KRG refused and Baghdad has now o...

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Memo to Trump and the SAS – send the Afghans fewer bullets and more books Memo to Trump and the SAS – send the Afghans fewer bullets and more books Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren After Trump’s U-turn, Afghans’ suffering now has no end | Lucy Morgan Edwards

In the spring of 2002, I went to to write about the refugees returning home from Pakistan over the Khyber Pass after years of exile since the civil wars of the 80s and 90s. In the ruins of west Kabul I came across a teacher, who was with his 38 pupil...