Russia and Pakistan
Opinion

Russia and Pakistan

Extensive interview on Russian-Pakistani relations that Andrew Korybko gave exclusively to Mr. Muhammad Taimur Khan of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) and which was published in the July 2017 edition of The Diplomatic Insight. 1. A great shift has been witnessed in Pakistan-Russia relations lately. In your opinion, what are the reasons behind…

Over 90% of Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence
Middle East

Over 90% of Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence

Some 91.83 percent of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan supported the idea of independence from Baghdad, as 3.4 million ballots were counted, the referendum commission said on Tuesday. It was earlier reported that a total of 3.4 million people voted in the referendum that was held on Monday. The commission noted that highest level of “yes” answers was recorded…

Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict with Russia
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Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict with Russia

Russia has provided evidence that Washington is collaborating with ISIS in attacks on Russian forces. http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/breaking-russia-presents-satellite-proof-us-troops-collaborating-isis-syria/ri21030 In one Washington-directed attack, ISIS tried to capture 29 Russian military policemen. However, Russian special forces entered the fray, and the result was spectular losses for ISIS. http://russia-insider.com/en/military/us-secret-services-tried-nab-29-russian-troops-syria-and-got-their-butts-kicked-russian In another attack Washington-directed attack, Russian General Valery Asapov and two…

The Inconvenient Kurds
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The Inconvenient Kurds

Except for the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan, there isn’t one state in Western Asia that is viable inside its present borders at a 20-year horizon. All the powers with interests in the region want to kick the problem down the road, and that is why the whole world (excepting Israel) wants…

Clamping Oil Artery: How Turkey May Checkmate Iraqi Kurdistan in One Move
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Clamping Oil Artery: How Turkey May Checkmate Iraqi Kurdistan in One Move

Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote may lead to an economic blockade from regional players and ethnic instability, analyst Hasan Abdullah told Radio Sputnik, adding that Turkey, Iran and Baghdad’s determination to thwart the Kurdish strive for sovereignty may convince Erbil to back off, while Israel’s support won’t help. The Kurdish independence referendum is likely to trigger a…