The Trump administration is close to announcing a decision on modifying key elements of Obama-era drone strikes. The proposed changes would relax constraints on drone strikes and commando raids outside of previously limited battlespace.
Turkey’s flourishing relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government (K.R.G.) has been one bright spot in Ankara’s troubled foreign policy record in the last few years. Now Turkey is threatening economic sanctions and military action against the K.R.G. over Erbil’s decision to hold an independence vote.
Given its significance as the “city of struggle and sacrifice” for its role at the vanguard of Ba’ath regime resistance, it may appear ironic that Sulaymaniyah is unmoved by President Barzani’s appeals to Kurdish nationalism and statehood. A closer look reveals that opposition reflects rising popular frustration with growing political and economic power imbalances.