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October 25, 2017

Recent Development: In an effort to convince the Iraqi government to begin negotiations over the future of the Kurdish province, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) offered to suspend the results of the independence referendum held last month.

Analysis: The KRG’s cu...

October 16, 2017

Recent Development: Over the past 24 hours, Iraqi forces backed by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs – a coalition of mostly Shiite militias) took over large parts of the Kirkuk Province. This includes Kirkuk city, as well as several key military installations and o...

October 2, 2017

This analysis was part of Prime Source's Weekly Regional Assessment

Recent Development: Amidst persistent speculations regarding his possible death, ISIS's "Caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi purportedly released a new speech, almost a year after his latest recording in Novem...

September 26, 2017

This analysis was part of Prime Source's Weekly Regional Assessment

Recent Development: On September 25, residents of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq participated in a landmark referendum on Kurdish independence with initial reports suggesting t...

August 8, 2017

This analysis was part of Prime Source's Weekly Regional Assessment

Recent Development: In a move that is likely related to the Kurdish bid for independence, the North Oil Company (NOC), which is controlled by the central government in Baghdad, stop exports of oil from...

July 11, 2017

With the battle for Mosul reaching its conclusion Iraq opens a new page in its recent history. While ISIS still controls three main areas, namely the city of Tal Afar, part of the Iraq-Syria border and the city and surroundings of Hawija, the group has indeed been almo...

July 11, 2017

After several months of relative inactivity, and as Turkish forces launched multiple counter-insurgency operations, there's been a significant uptick in PKK attacks in southeastern Turkey. Most of these attacks have been carried out along the border with Iraq, as outle...

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