The election of Fouad Massoum as president of Iraq may mean that Kurdish independence is now on the back burner. He is a close friend of Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, whose presidential tenure began in 2005.
'Night of Decree'
Turkish faithful pray in Ottoman-era Sultanahmet mosque, known as Blue mosque, on "Laylat Al Qadr" during the holy month of Ramadan, Istanbul, July 23, 2014. Laylat Al Qadr (Night of Decree) is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad by the angel Gabriel.