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Kurdish independence still a distant dream

It has been almost 100 years since the Kurds were denied sovereignty at the settlements following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Now, demands for Kurdish independence are as strong as ever, and Kurdish contributions to the fight against IS have sparked hope that a Kurdish state can emerge from the ashes of Iraq as […]

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Assad cannot be part of solution in Syria

As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, US Secretary of State John Kerry has resorted to a questionable idea in an attempt to relieve the diplomatic stalemate – involving Basher al-Assad in negotiations. But bargaining with Assad sends a dangerous message that tyranny and human rights abuses can be forgiven for the sake of […]