Kurds

The West has shamefully abandoned its Kurdish allies

28 March 2018 10:59

Not for the first time, Kurds in Iraq and Syria are facing an uncertain future. In Syria, an estimated 150,000 people…

‘Kurdexit’ would make Brexit look strong and stable

18 September 2017 13:28

Last week, American, British and UN diplomats tried to persuade the Kurds in Iraq to delay their referendum on independence.…

For Iraq’s Kurds, independence looks tantalisingly close

6 August 2017 11:00

Next month, Iraq’s Kurds head to the polls in an eagerly-awaited independence referendum. Ahead of the vote, on September 25th,…

National pride is blinding Turkey to the threat from Isis

14 January 2016 17:40

On Tuesday, Isis’s strategy in Turkey changed. Nabil Fadli, a 28-year-old Saudi national linked to Isis, blew himself up in…

For modern-day Assyrians their present is under attack from Isis, as is their past

27 February 2015 14:40

The historian Tom Holland tweeted this morning: ‘What ‪#ISIS are doing to the people & culture of ‪#Assyria is worthy…

Britain must assist Iraqi Kurds in their fight against Isis

16 February 2015 17:49

The implosion of Iraq and the durability of Islamic State will be major headaches for new ministers in May. Their required…

Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05

The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at…

Fear, loathing and an Ottoman shrine in the cold war between Isis and Turkey

27 October 2014 16:04

Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) are engaged in a cold war. Although they despise each…

Never mind the Baghdad politics, Iraqi Kurds need help to fight Islamic State

27 October 2014 12:35

The threat from Daish, the Arabic acronym for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has gone from a…

Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

19 October 2014 11:51

The heroic Kurdish resistance in Kobane rightly commands headlines. A larger disaster, however, looms in Iraqi Kurdistan where – absent…

A brief history of biker gangs at war – Islamofascist Iraq edition

15 October 2014 8:21

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.…

Inaction is easy; action is harder but needed now

14 August 2014 13:16

It’s easier to oppose than propose war. The conflict between Israel and Hamas inspired #NotInMyName on Twitter, and opposition to…

We may not think ourselves at war with ISIS but they are pretty sure they are at war with us.

12 August 2014 15:26

John McTernan’s column in today’s Telegraph about Kurdistan – and our, that is the West’s, debt of honour to the…

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is…

Thank God we’re intervening in Iraq again

8 August 2014 8:45

Yesterday, I had a succession of texts from one of the priests in my local parish, Mgr Nizar, who heads…

Obama moves against ISIS. This time, it’s a war worth fighting

8 August 2014 8:06

Back to Iraq, then. President Obama’s announcement last night that America would intervene militarily in defence of the Kurds is…

America and Britain could save Iraq’s Christians – it’s just they don’t care

20 June 2014 11:03

The Syro-Iraq war, as the firestorm should probably now be called, rages on, with the sword of Damocles hanging over…