At a time of internal divisions, external pressures and touch security, economic, and social pressures, these elections come at a crucial time for the Iraqi people.
What parameters stipulate success? In this case, the absence of territory held by ISIS is the success.
We must recognize that the threat remains and we must obviously deal with the issue of potentially people from Daesh [ISIS] dispersing elsewhere.”
Realities on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan are changing at a rapid pace, and for the passive international observer, it is impossible to stay informed
“I was born in Kirkuk; I’ve lived here all my life. Now I am a stranger, in a strange city.”
The renewed conflict in Iraq will not come as a massive surprise to anyone with an understanding of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy.