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Latest update : 2014-08-12

Iraq violence: ISIS insurgency catches up with Kurdistan

We focus on events in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Baghdad parliament has handed the role of Iraqi president to the veteran politician Fouad Masoum, who is of course a Kurd. It’s a largely ceremonial post and in line with unofficial power-sharing agreements, the president is always a Kurd, the prime minister a Shiite and the speaker a Sunni.

Meanwhile, for several weeks now, Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been battling militants from ISIS and in several areas they are providing the only effective counterweight to these advancing jihadists. But how long will that last?

By Tom BURGES WATSON

Our guests

Abdelraman Dara SULEIMAN

Iraqi Writer and Political Analyst

Ardavan AMIR ASLANI

International Lawyer

Shwan ZULAL

Kurdish Blogger; Political and risk analyst

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2016-06-29 Islamic State (IS) group

Turkey targeted: Terror attack coincides with foreign policy pivot (part 2)

Once again, Turkey has been the target for blind terror. At least 42 people have been killed at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport in a carefully-staged attack blamed on the Islamic...

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2016-06-29 Turkey

Turkey targeted: Islamic State group blamed for Istanbul attack (part 1)

Once again, Turkey has been the target for blind terror. At least 42 people have been killed at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport in a carefully-staged attack blamed on the Islamic...

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2016-06-28 Brexit

The big breakup: The EU after Brexit

The continent is in a daze as European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss the terms of the British divorce. David Cameron meets his counterparts for two days of talks, however...

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2016-06-27 Brexit

Messy Divorce: EU, UK scramble after Brexit vote (part 1)

Now that Britain's voted out, what's the plan? Amid crisis talks and damage control, two schools of thought are emerging: the "cut the cord" crowd, who want to nip uncertainty in...

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2016-06-27 Brexit

Messy Divorce: EU, UK scramble after Brexit vote (part 2)

Now that Britain's voted out, what's the plan? Amid crisis talks and damage control, two schools of thought are emerging: the "cut the cord" crowd, who want to nip uncertainty in...

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