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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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2015-05-04 defence

François of Arabia: Hollande's Budding Friendship with the Gulf (part 2)

The French president is now in Riyadh after sealing a deal in Doha to sell Rafale fighter jets. On Tuesday, François Hollande will become the first ever Western leader to attend...

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2015-05-04 Iran

François of Arabia: Hollande's Budding Friendship with the Gulf (part 1)

The French president is now in Riyadh after sealing a deal in Doha to sell Rafale fighter jets. On Tuesday, François Hollande will become the first ever Western leader to attend...

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2015-04-30 David Cameron

A less United Kingdom: Homestretch for uncertain election (part 1)

We are a week away from a UK election that could send the British Isles into unchartered waters. Incumbent David Cameron has been touting a recovery stronger than on the...

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2015-04-30 David Cameron

A less United Kingdom: Homestretch for uncertain election (part 2)

We are a week away from a UK election that could send the British Isles into unchartered waters. Incumbent David Cameron has been touting a recovery stronger than on the...

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2015-04-29 Barack Obama

Abe in America: Japan's PM Expresses 'Remorse' for Asian Suffering in WWII (part 2)

The US has welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with open arms. After all, he's the man ramping up military spending and helping the US contain China's growing muscle in...

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