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Tag Archives: Middle East and North Africa

The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum

The Kurds’ hunger for self-rule must not be denied by dark forces imposing their will on the region It can be argued that Kurdistan’s regional government (KRG) was ill advised to hold a referendum last week on creating an independent state. It may be the case that Masoud Barzani, veteran leader of the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq, is a …

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Making Sense of US Missile Attacks in Syria

Making Sense of US Missile Attacks in Syria

The declining US influence in the Middle East has prompted the Trump administration to militarily intervene in the festering Syrian civil war. After the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Ghouta on 21 August 2013, the US had been anxiously waiting for a similar attack in Syria so as to provide a legitimate cause to its direct military intervention …

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