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Tweets, maps and book excerpts about the Middle East, espcially Kurds - and other bits about AI and warfare. Researcher.
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Nov 27, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The KDP and PUK appear to be genuinely terrified of the possibility of a PKK takeover if chaos ensued because of protests.

The Bafel Talabani faction in Sulaimani has told several associates that they believe PKK is preparing to takeover Sulimani once the situation is ripe. DrawMedia, a respectable local outlet, has cited security forces in Erbil saying security forces have extensively been deployed in Erbil today because there is 'suspicious' PKK activities in Sulaimani and Erbil.
Oct 12, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
There are speculations and analyses as to why the PUK candidate in Erbil from the Bradost tribe failed to win a seat. Many question the results and claim there was tampering due to Bradostis are Barzani's historical anonymity and the candidate was endorsed by Lahur Talabani. 1/3 Before the election, Masoud Barzani's brother reportedly visited the north Erbil areas and provided money and other resources to take down Faisal Karimkhan from the Bradost tribe; he is said to have told people to make sure he doesn't mind no matter the price. 2/3
Oct 10, 2021 22 tweets 5 min read
Very preliminary results, Iraq elections:

- Signs of a major surge for opposition candidates across Kurdistan; if the trend continues, the New Generation will easily surpass PUK.
- Extremely low turnout across much of Iraq, including in politically charged cities such as Kirkuk. According to very preliminary results: in every single ballot box reported in Sulauimani province: New Generation's candidates are far ahead of PUK; meanwhile, in Duhok, the Kurdistan Islamic Union candidate appears to be leading in the Duhok/Amedi electoral zone, for now.
Oct 9, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
The special voting in Iraqi Kurdistan has been a real surprise both within security forces and the IDPs:

1. The votes of PUK and especially KDP has considerably declined, for instance in Duhok KIU candidate's vote has increased four-fold within security forces compared to 2018. 2. Turnout within the security forces (which're owned by KDP in Duhok, Erbil & by PUK in Sulaimanya) has declined and according to preliminary results, some 10,000 KDP zeravani have intentionally invalidated their votes; a silent opposition within the security forces is growing.
Aug 7, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Aug 4: Erbil court convicted five culprits in the assassination case of an Iranian Kurdish opposition leader (the very first ever such trial.)

Aug 5: Nechirvan Barzani attends Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration.

Aug 6: another Iranian opposition leader assassinated in Erbil. To put the significance of the August 4 convictions into context: since 1991, 380 Iranian Kurdish opposition members have been assassinated in KRI and this was the very first time anyone was put on trial in KRI for the assassinations.
Apr 14, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Iran-backed militia simultaneously targets Erbil airport, where US troops stationed and a Turkish base in Bashiqa near Mosul tonight; at least one rocket landed near the airport and three rockets landed near the Turkish base, a 12-year-old civilian girl is reportedly injured. The Turkish defence ministry says one Turkish soldier has been killed in the rocket attack on their base in Bashiqa near Mosul in northern Iraq.
Mar 26, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
There is only one article, as far as I can tell, about KDP-PKK dynamics in the mainstream US media and it is full of inaccurate and very biased reporting that makes it hard to take anything they say re: Kurds seriously. I will spell it some of them:
foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/29/ira… 1. Here, @shellykittleson cites my tweet to say PKK has 37 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan while the tweet actually says TURKEY has 37 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan. How can one make such a basic mistake?
Mar 22, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) said in a statement they’ve celebrated Newroz in several areas in Afrin.

1. Barzani appears to have agreed to legitimise the status quo in Afrin in return for KNC opening offices there
2. PYD-KNC talks practically dead.

Sharran in NW Afrin: Here is more background on the meeting between Barzani and head of Syrian opposition in early March:
Mar 21, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Massive HDP-led Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakir/Amed amid Turkish government’s attempt to limit the party’s legal politics:

Thousands of the party’s members, leaders, MPs and mayors are already in prison.
HDP-led Newroz celebrations in the city of Wan: