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Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

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Turkey's ever-growing indigenous arms industry

18 October, 2019

Ankara is making substantial headway toward making the Turkish armed forces largely indigenous and self-sufficient.

Worse than 1975: Trump's cynical betrayal of the Kurds

08 October, 2019

Comment: Paul Iddon details just how profoundly President Trump has betrayed the US' former Kurdish allies.

Trump wants to wash his hands of Islamic State

20 September, 2019

Comment: Trump claims IS is over, but is also calling on regional powers to take up the fight without US support, writes Paul Iddon.

The UAE's unprecedented activity in Africa

04 September, 2019

Analysis: Abu Dhabi is trying to make itself a force to be reckoned with far beyond its own borders through investments and the establishment of overseas military bases.

The significance of drones in the Libyan conflict

21 August, 2019

Drones play a significant role in the war effort of both sides fighting in the Libya conflict, writes Paul Iddon.

Can Turkey avoid US sanctions for S-400 missile purchase?

16 August, 2019

Analysis: Under US federal law, the Trump administration is legally obligated to apply sanctions on Ankara for it's S-400 purchase, but Turkey might avoid any serious reprimand for now.

UAE illegally proliferating Middle East conflicts with US-made weapons

16 July, 2019

Comment: The US needs to enforce end-user requirements in arms sales to the UAE, writes Paul Iddon.

China is 'heavily contributing' to Middle East drone proliferation

04 July, 2019

China has supplied armed drones to several Middle East countries, contributing greatly to the proliferation of these weapons in the troubled region in clear contravention of the MTCR's noble objectives.

Trump must stop helping build a nuclear Saudi Arabia

18 June, 2019

Comment: If the US wants ease Middle East tensions, it should stop selling weapons and transferring expertise to Saudi Arabia, writes Paul Iddon.

Are there informative historical precedents for a US-Iran war?

13 June, 2019

In-depth: It's worth pondering over precedents from the last few decades to ascertain just how unprecedented such a conflict would be.

US pressures Turkey and Egypt over Russian arms purchases

23 May, 2019

In-depth: Turkey is seeking to buy advanced S-400 air defence systems from Russia amid strong US opposition and threats of sanctions, reports Paul Iddon.

Can Iraq finally realise its potential for tourism?

16 May, 2019

In-depth: With a $78 million budget allocation this year to repair its heritage sites and improve infrastructure, Iraq is in high hopes of reviving its tourism industry.

Paul Iddon
Paul Iddon

Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

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