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How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis چاپ ارسال به دوست
Irina Tsukerman, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California   

How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis

The US at this juncture has significant leverage over Baghdad.

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By: Irina Tsukerman

 October 8, 2017

New Yourk,

Staying out of the issue and refusing to back Kurds in times of need will not win US friends or allies in the Middle East, a region that values strength, loyalty, and strategic consistence over quibbling, appeasement, and insecurity. 


President Trump can exercise that leverage effectively by having the airport ban lifted, not with loud proclamations that can only create indignation with the Iraqi government, but with nuanced behind the scenes diplomacy.

The ban is not going to change anyone's mind about independence, only gets people more intent to move forward as soon as possible unilaterally and with no negotiations.

At the same time, it's causing damage to Kurdish economy, creates undue suffering for civilians, and causing problems for US investors working on oil projects in the region.

The US has invested untold amount of money into Iraqi government - just so they could repay us by creating a de facto blockade against our allies, and preventing us from getting in and out?

It serves no legitimate purpose and actually causes the US to look weak - weaker than the Iraqi government, and unable to defend our own interests.

Weighing in on this issue will allow the US to retain credibility with the Kurds while also pushing both sides towards a negotiated solution to the current face-off.

Second, the US should play a role in negotiations over Kirkuk and oil, which are central to any successful bilateral discussion.

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Dr. Azad Moradian : Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Dr. Azad Moradian :

Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region!

The Kurdistan Voice

12 July 2017

An Interview with Dr. Azad Moradian, on the Kurdistan independence referendum

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The Kurdistan Voice: As you know, one of the most disputed political topics in the Middle East is the independence referendum of Kurdistan, which will be held within the next three months. Until now, Iran has opposed the referendum more than Baghdad or even Ankara. Is Iran afraid of an independent Kurdistan because it is likely to become a catalyst for the Kurds of Iran?

Dr. Moradian: An independent Kurdish state, regardless of size, is a direct threat to Iranian political hegemony and the regional power of the Middle East.

Essentially, the long-term strategic goal of Iran is to create a Shiite block, or as they call it, a Shiite Crescent and claim the territorial and ideological leadership of the Shiite world.

The removal of Saddam Hussein created the space for the Iranian regime to further spread their influence in the region.

In Lebanon and in part of Yemen, Iran has already been able to establish their dominance and have widespread Shiite support. All of Iranian's efforts in Syria are towards this same end.

While Iran has been involved in Syria since the beginning of the conflict, they became physically engaged in 2014 to preserve the power of an Alawite Shiite regime. The territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria and the preservation of the ruling powers in these countries is of paramount importance to Iran. Therefore, anything that threatens this plan is something Iran will vehemently oppose. Kurds are situated, physically and politically, in direct opposition to this plan. Kurds are also positioned to oppose Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ambitions to reestablish an Ottoman Sunni Crescent (please see Question 3 for more on this topic).

Establishing a Kurdish state will shake the balance in the region, as it does not reinforce the larger geopolitical visions of Iran and/or Turkey.
Furthermore, while the situations of Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are different, there is cross-border influence and exchange. The formation of a Kurdish state in any one of these regions can catalyze Kurds in other regions.

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ئێرانيش ڕیفراندۆمێكی ئازادی پێویستە چاپ ارسال به دوست
سالار حیسامی vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

ئێرانيش ڕیفراندۆمێكی ئازادی پێویستە


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سالار حیسامی

٢٧ ى مانگى ئه يار ٢٠١٧

هه ولير- كوردستان

 

گەلانی ڕاپەڕیوی ئێران كە سەرخۆشیی ڕماندنی دەسەڵاتی پاشایەتیی پەهلەوی-یەكان لە ڕێبەندانی 1357ی هەتاوی سڕی كردبوون، لە ریفراندۆمیكدا كە لە رۆژانی 10 و 11 خاكەلێوەی 1358 جێبەجێ كرا و  زياتر لە (20 مليۆن و 288 هەزار كەسی خاوەن دەنگ) تێیدا بەشداربوون، (2و98%)ی دەنگدەران بە (بەڵێ) دەنگیان بە (كۆماری ئیسلامی) دا.


ئەو رێژە بێ هاوتایە لە بەشداریی دەنگدەران كە رۆژی ١٢ی خاكەلێوەی كردە "روز جمهوری اسلامی ایران"، مەشرووعییەتێكی شكۆداری بە ئایەتوڵا ڕوحوڵا خومەینی بونیادنەری يەكەم دەوڵەتی كۆماريی (لە دوای دەسەڵاتێكی 2537 ساڵەی پاشایەتی) بەخشی، ئەویش كۆمەڵێ لە كەسانی ناسیاسی، بێ ئەزموون، بێفرشك و توندڕۆی لە خۆی كۆكردبووەوە، بۆیە حوكمڕانییەكەی چەند مانگی پڕ نەكردەوە، ئەو شكۆیە نەك هەر خەوشدار بوو، بگرە بەتەواوی كەوتە ژێر جڕومەنگەنەی پرسیارەوەو بە حوكمی جیهاد لە دژی كوردانی ڕۆژهەڵاتی كوردستان شكۆیەكە بووە بڵقی سەرئاو! هاوتەمەنەكانی ئێمە باشیان لە بیرە دوای نەمانی بەرگریی خەڵكی و دووركەوتنەوەی هێزەكانی پێشمەرگە لە شارەكان، سادق خلخاڵی (دادوەری بێ دادگە) چۆن بەربووە گیانی خەڵك و بە فەرمانی ئەو تاوانبارە، هەزاران گەنج و كەسایەتی لە لادێ و شارەكان، یان قەنارەیان بۆ هەڵخرا، یان بە ڕێژنەی گوللە هەناسەبڕیان كردن.


تا ئێرە مەبەست لەم نووسینە وەبیرهێنانەوەی ئەو گشتپرسییە بوو، كە دوای نزیكەی چوار دەیە، تا ئێستاش دەسەڵاتدارانی تاران خۆیانی پێ گیڤ دەكەنەوەو هەموو ساڵێك ئەو ریفراندۆمە بە چاوی خەڵكی وەزاڵەهاتووی بندەستیان و ڕای گشتی جیهانیدا دەدەنەوە، بۆ ئەوەی  مەشرووعییەتی دەسەڵاتی مەزهەبگەرای خۆیانی پێ بسەپێننەوە، هەتا دۆلارە نەوتییەكان بۆ بەرفراوانكردنی هیلالی شیعە و شەڕی بەوەكالەت تەرخان بكرێ و ئەوەندەی دی گەلانی ستەملێكراوی ژێر دەسەڵاتیان بەلەنگاز و بێنەوا و داماو بكەن!

 

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ISW: Iraq Situation Report: April 21 - May 5, 2017 چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

The Institute for the Study of War

Iraq Situation Report:  April 21 - May 5, 2017


By Jessa Rose Dury-Agri and the ISW Iraq Team
 
 
ISIS is setting conditions for its annual Ramadan campaign, anticipated to begin on May 26 with intent to exploit security vulnerabilities across the country. ISIS tested security in and around Baghdad by conducting a successful Suicide Vehicle-Borne IED (SVBIED) attack in central Baghdad and attempting additional attacks in Balad, Tarmiyah, and Jurf al-Sakhr.
 
ISIS strained Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) resources by increasing the tempo of attacks in Ramadi and far west Anbar Province. ISIS attempted numerous attacks in Salah al-Din province, which the ISF foiled.
 
The attacks indicate ISIS's continued attack capabilities in this zone. ISIS attacked Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) near Mosul in a potential bid to incite sectarian violence and detract from Mosul operations.
 
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Iran, a Secret Hand behind ISIS Growing چاپ ارسال به دوست
Reza Fathollanejad, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Iran, a Secret Hand behind ISIS Growing!

reza_fathollanejad.jpgReza Fathollanejad

March 12,2017 

Today, ISIS is so weak in comparison with its power during last three years, but whereas the anti-ISIS operations have been successful somewhat this terrorist group is close to its last breathing, the United states, the European countries and the Arab states should be careful about what was behind the power of ISIS, because the source of terrorism the Islamic Republic of Iran is breathing yet.

 
 

Some important elements behind very fast growing of ISIS

When ISIS was a small group and had not been gotten a worldwide attention yet, the situation of Iraq and even Syria was not suitable for raising such a brutal and backward group. In Iraq, for instance, the Sunni Iraqis were tired of being in center of the clashes between the Iraqi army and the Coalition forces with Al-Qaida and pro-Bath groups and the bomb attacks carried out by the Shia and Sunni terrorist groups that had caused destruction of every things a normal life needs.

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In one aspect, this is right that the war situation cause violence that reproduces violence; but it should not be forgotten that any growing political group needs to get a sort of support from the purpose community. We did not see any big uprising or protest at Iraq’s Sunni cities against the presence of the United States’ forces in Iraq or more against the Kurdistan government as an ally of the U.S in the period of constructing ISIS while most of the protests and complains were concentrated on the Iran’s interferences in Iraq’s affairs and Baghdad government. But ISIS has not attacked the Iran’s very close allies so often that it has targeted the U.S’ allies, except during its first year.

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