Will Turkish defense minister’s Iraq visit yield concrete results?

Although Turkey's defense minister seems to be satisfied with the outcome of his recent visit to Baghdad and Erbil, there are several impediments to Turkey's security demands.

Fehim Tastekin | Kurds | Jan 25, 2021
al-monitor Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar gives a press conference at the ministry in Ankara, Turkey, Jan. 13, 2021. Photo by Arif Akdogan/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Iraqi PM vows security changes after Baghdad bombing

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi also sacked a number of Iraqi security officials within hours of the attacks.

Al-Monitor Staff | Islamic State | Jan 22, 2021

Iraq’s general elections pushed to October

The added time shores up Baghdad’s preparations for a more legitimate election process; but time is running out for protesters who fear the government will ignore their demands.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iraqi elections | Jan 22, 2021

Dozens killed in Baghdad suicide bombings

It is unclear who was behind the twin attacks in a crowded part of Baghdad. Such incidents are less common in the Iraqi capital than they were in years prior.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Jan 21, 2021

Iraq approves Paris climate accord in step toward curtailing oil dependence

Iraq faces significant hurdles in transitioning to an economy without oil dependence, and future trends can be expected to exacerbate those challenges.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Jan 20, 2021