Why Erdogan lambasted Iraq’s Abadi

Sami Hamdi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa, Turkey

Erdogan had harsh words for Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi. On the diplomatic front, the Turkish President may well have transgressed on Iraq’s sovereignty and there are legitimate question marks over the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi soil. However, in the wider context, Erdogan has simply described the current status quo, and called out the Iraqi demands for what they …

‘Mercenaries’ are the preferred option – even for the US

Fjona Krasniqi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa, US

The ‘war on terror’ has given rise to ‘remote control’ warfare where ‘lite’ warfare is viewed as a more effective counter-terrorism strategy than conventional forces. Increasingly private military and security companies have been commissioned with the responsibility for solving security problems in conflict areas. Private military and security companies, known as PMSCs, are private businesses that provide services in conflict …

How Hashd may destroy Iraq in a way ISIS never will

Sami Hamdi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Much has been said regarding the fall of Ramadi and the various rumours suggesting that Nouri-al-Maliki, former prime minister and current vice president, ordered the military to withdraw from the city thereby allowing ISIS to enter virtually unopposed. However the operation to liberate Ramadi threatens to open a new bloody, sectarian, and quite simply destructive chapter in the fight against …

Iraq’s instability makes for huge oil profits for all – including ISIL

Sami Hamdi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Since the declaration of the war on terror by George W. Bush following the horrific events of September the 11th, subsequent events such as the invasion of Iraq, the meteoric rise of Iranian influence, the Arab Spring, as well as the brutal crackdown on dissent in Syria have created the perfect haven for the thriving of terrorist groups such as …

‘Iran is an empire and Baghdad is its Capital’ – a statement of truth

Sami Hamdi Iran, Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Ali Younsi, advisor to President Hassan Rouhani on religious and minority affairs, stated that Iran is now an empire and Baghdad is its Capital. Such a brazen statement appears to have generally been ignored as fanciful and wishful thinking at best. However, in reality, Ali Younsi’s statement carries much truth as Iraqi forces, led by Hadi al Amiri publicly and …

Editor’s Piece: Obama’s Iraqi gamble

Sami Hamdi Iran, Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

On Monday 21st October, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi succeeded in forming a complete government after a delay of over one month as a result of disagreements over appointments to the Defence and Interior ministries. Mohammed Salem Ghabban was appointed as Interior minister whilst Khaled al-Obeidi was given the post of Defence Minister. These two ministries were previously the subject of …