By Geoff Moore On March 16th, the Kurdish flag went up in government buildings around Kirkuk, the disputed city that lies between the Kurdish and Arab parts of Iraq. This decision, taken by Governor Najmadeen Karim, was followed by a … Continue reading Putting the ‘flag’ in a Kirkuk Conflagration
By Geoff Moore Last night, on January 24th, news broke about President Donald Trump’s plan to issue an executive order which would ban citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entry into the United States. This … Continue reading How will they greet us now, Mr. President?
By Geoff Moore The Hashd al-Shaabi, known in English as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), are a largely opaque entity to people outside of Iraq. Created in June 2014 as “a conglomeration of some 40 militias,” the PMUs were organized … Continue reading Who are the Hashd al-Shaabi?
By Geoff Moore [This is the second part of a two part analysis of what is happening in contemporary Iraqi politics.] Parliamentary Update The first half of April has already been a tumultuous period in Iraqi politics. The April 10th deadline … Continue reading Something’s Rotten in the State of Iraq (Part 2)
By Geoff Moore You may have come across the news on March 25th of a bombing at an Iraqi football stadium south of Baghdad in which at least 29 people were killed. Yet, as has been the case ever since … Continue reading Something’s Rotten in the State of Iraq (Part 1)