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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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The necessity of restraint in post-Islamic State Iraq

21 July, 2017

Comment: Revenge-fuelled summary executions of IS suspects will deny Iraqis the full extent of justice needed for a lasting peace, writes Paul Iddon.

Kurds have little motivation remaining to 'rebuild Iraq'

20 July, 2017

Analysis: With growing disillusionment, Kurdish eyes are turning to an independence referendum, notes Paul Iddon.

Sanctions on Qatar are backfiring… as sanctions usually do

18 July, 2017

Analysis: Lessons from history are rarely learned, notes Paul Iddon.

What does the future hold for Syria's Kurds?

11 July, 2017

Analysis: Can Syrian Kurds defend and consolidate their quasi-autonomous territory?

Anticipating Mosul's post-Islamic State future

06 July, 2017

Analysis: Mosul's residents are hesitant about expressing optimism for the city's imminent post-IS future, writes Paul Iddon.

Turkey prepares to ramp up fight against Syrian Kurds

29 June, 2017

Analysis: Ankara wants to oust the YPG from Tel Rifaat, according to Turkish newspaper reports.

Iraqi Kurdistan makes headway in fighting corruption and FGM

21 June, 2017

Analysis: Acknowledging that problems exist is the first step in tackling them, reports Paul Iddon.

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

20 June, 2017

Analysis: Washington has shot down aircraft threatening its allies in Syria, and will likely shoot down more, writes Paul Iddon.

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

16 June, 2017

As the US bolsters its presence in the region, the likelihood of clashes and escalation between the coalition and regime forces increases, writes Paul Iddon.

Battle of the bottle: Iraq's love-hate relationship with booze

13 June, 2017

Analysis: While Iraq's drinking culture is not as open and vibrant as it once was, there are bright embers of that dying fire still glowing brightly, writes Paul Iddon.

The Saudi-led blockade on Qatar could backfire for Riyadh

08 June, 2017

Analysis: Keeping up the pressure could drive Doha closer to Turkey and Iran, writes Paul Iddon.

Turkey prepares for potential attack on Syrian Kurds

08 June, 2017

Analysis: As the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces assault against the Islamic State group in Raqqa begins, Turkey is reportedly training Syrian militiamen to attack, writes Paul Iddon.

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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