ADIPEC is the one of the world’s largest events for the oil and gas industry and though Abu Dhabi was host to all the major players again this year, there was a distinct feeling that it was a slimmed down version. Stands were smaller, teams were fewer in number, companies packed in more to a […]
Al Qaim was the last Daesh bastion on the western border with Syria, and last week Iraqi forces recaptured the town and final border post between Iraq and Syria that was still held by the terrorists. On the other side of the border, Syrian forces confirmed it had retaken Deir al-Zour, a Daesh stronghold since […]
In the after math of the September 2017 Kurdish independence referendum, Prime Minister Haidar Abadi demanded that the Kurds relinquish control of the areas it occupied in Kirkuk during the summer of 2014. To try to give perspective to this shocking series of events are several experts giving their personal views. http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2017/10/seven-expert-opinions-on-kirkuk-crisis.html?m=1 Lukman Faily is […]
One cannot escape from the question of the status of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) relationship with the Government of Iraq (GOI) in Baghdad, is it a one of a state to state, or a province to state, or in transition and fluidity? The jury is still out on the status end game, and as […]
Our team visited Mosul last week to assess the reality of the current security situation in the destroyed remains. As you can imagine the feedback was a mixture of morbid stories and images of a broken region torn apart by the ravages of war, but there was also talk of hope.