KDP official on Tehran’s comments on Kurdish referendum in Iraq: The Ayatollah should mind his own business

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Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Ali Awni, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership council told reporters on Wednesday that Iran’s Supreme Leader who had said Tehran was opposed to the Kurdish referendum on independence, should mind his own business or else the Kurdistan Region could also be entitled to interfere in Iran’s More...

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Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraqi Vice President and head of the newly-founded United for Iraq Sunni party [L] and Kurdish president Masoud Barzani discuss the future of Iraq on June 5, 2017 . Photo courtesy KAR Presidency.
By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
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Barzani and al-Nujaifi discussed future of post-ISIS Iraq and Sunni autonomy

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Masoud Barzani, the President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region, and Osama al-Nujaifi, the vice president and head of the United Iraq or Mutahidun party, discussed the future More...

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By Fahwad Al-Khadoumi On Monday, May 29th, 2017
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Norwegian special forces in Syria for “Self Defense”: Defense Ministry

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : After being contacted about the presence of Norwegian special forces in Southern Syria last week, the Norwegian Defense Ministry stated that it cannot disclose operational details about More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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China & Philippines launched dialog over South China Sea controversies

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : China and the Philippines, on Friday, launched what was described as candid but friendly discussions about their territorial dispute in the South China Sea and related issues after President More...

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By Fahwad Al-Khadoumi On Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
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Erdogan – Trump avoided discord about Kurds: More shared interests than disagreements

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : After meeting at the White House on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart President R. Tayyip Erdogan focused on the strength of U.S. – Turkish relations More...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Making America great again with really dumb diplomacy?
By Christof Lehmann On Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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US – Japanese Defense Treaty also covers disputed Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands: Pence

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The defense treaty between the United States and Japan also covers the disputed Senkaku Islands said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday while visiting Japan during his current Asia More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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Meet Russia’s New Arctic Military Base: And what have ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson to do with it?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Russia’s Ministry of Defense invited to a virtual tour around its very real military base on Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago in the Arctic. The architecture is futuristic, More...

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By Anis H. Bajrektarevic On Thursday, April 13th, 2017
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Neo-religionism of the post ideological Russia

Anis H. Bajrektarevic (nsnbc) : The lonely superpower (US) vs. the bear of the permafrost (Russia), with the world’s last cosmopolite (EU) in between. Is the ongoing calamity at the eastern flank of the EU a conflict, More...

Tillerson arrives in Moscow - is a new era with a policy of tensions that benefits Moscow as much as it benefits Washington in the pipeline?
By Christof Lehmann On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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Tillerson visits Moscow: A New “Yalta” during the Trump and Putin Administrations?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in the Russian capital Moscow on Wednesday, April 12, for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. On the top of their agenda will More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
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No “Problems” with Export of Iraqi – Kurdish Oil via Turkey and Drawing New Borders in the Middle East

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Amidst intense discussions about a referendum on the independence of northern Iraq’s predominantly Kurdish region, the Kurdistan Ministry of Natural Resources notes that there were More...