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by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Kurdish de facto state, that was born in 1992, was further consolidated. Iraq’s new constitution recognizes Kurdistan Region (KRG) as a federal unit and envisions significant competences bestowed to regions such as the right to export oil. The involvement in international affairs by KRG takes into question the realists’ view that states are the only units in world politics. A group of characteristics make Kurdistan Region an attracted factor in states’ strategy towards the Middle East. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, PhD candidate and EPOS analyst Idrees Mohamed analyses the role of KRG in the international arena, pointing out the most relevant aspects of the Kurdish issue



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EPOS Kurdish Chronicle - photodiary from KRG

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:55
by Roxane (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

In the following article Roxane depicts the situation in Lalish, the holy place for the Yazidi community, where hundreds of Yazidis fled to escape from the jihadists of the Islamic State. Roxane is a French photographer, and she is working for EPOS as photoreporter in Kurdistan. She is travelling in the area: Erbil, Duhok, Sheikhan, Lalish are some of the cities from where she is reporting. EPOS Kurdish Chronicle – photodiary from KRG is the exclusive photodiary of EPOS which depicts the current situation in the region after the takeover of some cities by the jihadists of Daish. EPOS intends to tell what is happening through the eyes of the people, the sad smiles of the kids, the personal stories of who is running away from the violence of Daish. 



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Why Turkey Allowed Peshmarga Passage to Kobane

Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:01
by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed discusses Turkey's attitude towards Kobane, the Syria's Kurdish town attacked by the jihadists of the Islamic State in the last weeks. He analyses the reasons why Turkey, although had refused to act in Kobane directly, has allowed Peshmarga passage to the town. He focuses on all the political relations between Turkish-Kurdish party and Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish parties, and the relations between Turkey and its neighboring countries and between Ankara and the West. Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is now focusing on Turkey's policy towards Kurds, including Syria's Kurdish. He teaches International Relations in University of Duhok’s department of Political Science



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by Roxane (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

In the following article Roxane describes the situation of the Yazidi IDPs in the camp of Khanki, in the Governorate of Duhok. Roxane is a French photographer, and she is working for EPOS as photoreporter in Kurdistan. She is travelling in the area: Erbil, Duhok, Sheikhan, Lalish are some of the cities from where she is reporting. EPOS Kurdish Chronicle – photodiary from KRG is the exclusive photodiary of EPOS which depicts the current situation in the region after the takeover of some cities by the jihadists of Daish. EPOS intends to tell what is happening through the eyes of the people, the sad smiles of the kids, the personal stories of who is running away from the violence of Daish. 



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by Roxane (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

EPOS is in KRG, and we are following the latest news through our correspondent Roxane. Roxane is a French photographer, and she is working for EPOS as photoreporter in Kurdistan. She is travelling in the area: Erbil, Duhok, Sheikhan, Lalish are some of the cities from where she is reporting. EPOS Kurdish Chronicle – photodiary from KRG is the exclusive photodiary of EPOS which depicts the current situation in the region after the takeover of some cities by the jihadists of Daish. EPOS intends to tell what is happening through the eyes of the people, the sad smiles of the kids, the personal stories of who is running away from the violence of Daish. In the following article Roxane describes the situation in the Lalish Centre of Duhok, the first established Yazidi cultural center in KRG



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EPOS Kurdish Chronicle - photodiary from KRG

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:33
by Roxane (EPOS)

EPOS Insights

EPOS is in KRG, and we are following the latest news through our correspondent Roxane. Roxane is a French photographer, and she is working for EPOS as photoreporter in Kurdistan. She is travelling in the area: Erbil, Duhok, Shingal, Lalish are some of the cities from where she is reporting. EPOS Kurdish Chronicle – photodiary from KRG is the exclusive photodiary of EPOS which depicts the current situation in the region after the takeover of some cities by the jihadists of Daish. EPOS intends to tell what is happening through the eyes of the people, the sad smiles of the kids, the personal stories of who is running away from the violence of Daish



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by Idrees Mohammed

EPOS Insights

The IS movement towards Erbil threatened the security of Kurdistan Region. People were panicked and large numbers rushed into Erbil airport to leave the region. The humanitarian catastrophe in Shingal and the threat of Erbil's fall to IS rang alarm bells worldwide. The situation is rather complicated. It does not look to be a short-term bottleneck. There is a need for a long-term strategy to deal with the situation



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Epos converses with Dr. Dawood Atrushi

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
EPOS Conversations

Dr. Dawood Atrushi is the Vice-president for International Relations at the University of Duhok (UoD) in Iraqi-Kurdistan. At the UoD he is responsible for developing and overseeing a variety of university-wide initiatives and policies related to international research and education. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Dr. Atrushi talks about the current situation in Iraq, whether the Kurds can hold against ISIS, what the latest developments mean for the Peshmerga fighters, the Kurdish bid for independence and the future of the whole country

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