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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 Kurds deserve their vote on independence

21 September, 2017

Comment: Given the numerous past atrocities against them and their fight against IS, it is high time the Kurds received recognition on the world stage, Paul Iddon writes.

The governor Baghdad wants to remove from office

19 September, 2017

Analysis: Kirkuk's Najmaldin Karim wants his city included in Kurdistan's controversial independence referendum, but supports holding on to autonomy, says Paul Iddon

IS recedes in Syria as al-Qaeda offshoot expands

18 September, 2017

Analysis: While the Islamic State group is facing collapse, Al-Qaeda's offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has successfully overrun Syria's north-western Idlib province, writes Paul Iddon.

Iraqi Kurds eagerly pushing ahead with independence referendum

11 September, 2017

Analysis: Kurdish leaders fear losing political leverage once Peshmerga fighters are no longer desperately needed in the fight against the Islamic State group, reports Paul Iddon.

How long will the US stay in Syria?

23 August, 2017

Analysis: The Pentagon has invested significant resources in northern Syria, and doesn't seem to be in a rush to leave, notes Paul Iddon.

An American century in Iraq?

17 August, 2017

Analysis: Washington has been involved in Iraq for at least a quarter of a century already, notes Paul Iddon.

Mr Sadr goes to Saudi Arabia

16 August, 2017

Analysis: Sadr may yet be able to use his clout to build bridges with Sunni communities, while urging Riyadh to end its crackdown on Saudi Shia communities, writes Paul Iddon.

Turkey wants to make an example of Afrin

08 August, 2017

Analysis: Turkey may try to compensate for its failure to crush its Syrian Kurdish opponents by bombarding Afrin canton, their smallest, most isolated and vulnerable enclave, notes Paul Iddon.

Prolonged Qatar blockade has serious ramifications for wider region

04 August, 2017

Analysis: The entrenchment of regional divisions could have far-reaching consequences beyond the Gulf, notes Paul Iddon.

Russia's next half-century in Syria

01 August, 2017

Analysis: Legal immunity is guaranteed for Russian troops in Syria for decades to come, notes Paul Iddon.

Aleppo to Mosul: The destruction of Iraq and Syria

27 July, 2017

Analysis: The destruction of the Sunni cities of Iraq and Syria underlines the terrible price imposed on civilians, notes Paul Iddon.

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.

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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