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Gareth Browne is a freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter: @BrowneGareth

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Syria's Assad is more beholden to Russia than ever

05 May, 2020

Comment: Russia may be recalibrating its strategy in Syria, but it's unconvincing to think it would consider the risk of replacing Assad a worthwhile one, writes Gareth Browne.

Iraq's Sunnis and the 2018 elections

27 November, 2017

Analysis: Next year will see the most competitive elections Iraq has seen, writes Gareth Browne.

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

22 November, 2017

Comment: Ex-President Masoud Barzani was the force driving a referendum that was doomed to fail - and ultimately ruined long-term chances for independence, writes Gareth Browne.

Abadi must save his party ahead of saving Iraq

03 November, 2017

Analysis: Iraq's prime minister faces political turmoil ahead of next year's election, but with a string of recent successes he may yet survive, writes Gareth Browne.

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

17 October, 2017

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious divorce, writes Gareth Browne.

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

05 October, 2017

Comment: Haider al-Abadi must temper Baghdad’s response, without appearing weak, or Iraq will be left with divisions from which it may never recover, writes Gareth Browne.

'Mam Jalal' Talabani: Titan's passing leaves Iraqi-Kurdistan in quandary

04 October, 2017

Comment: Veteran Kurdish statesman Jalal Talabani's death comes as the Iraqi-Kurdistan region moves one step closer to independence, but still with many of the same divisions, writes Gareth Browne.

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

20 September, 2017

In-depth: With the military gathering outside Hawija, people who have suffered now have the confidence to fight back, locals tell Gareth Browne.

After Hawija: What to expect from Islamic State's commanders

08 September, 2017

Analysis: After the fall of Hawija, it is highly possible that the Islamic State commanders may regroup and start a new insurgency - so what is already known about them?

Assad FC: FIFA is normalising Syria's brutal regime

07 September, 2017

Comment: In the eyes of Fifa, the Syrian football team is politically neutral. But turning a blind eye to politics is in itself a political action, writes Gareth Browne.

Hawija: The next battle in Iraq's war against IS

01 September, 2017

Analysis: After Mosul and Tal Afar, attention is turning to Hawija, a pocket of Iraqi territory long deemed ungovernable and essentially lawless, writes Gareth Browne.

Defeating IS in Tal Afar: An empty victory?

29 August, 2017

Comment: Islamic State's strength in Tal Afar was overestimated, as was the number of civilians within the city, writes Gareth Browne.

Gareth Browne
Gareth Browne

Gareth Browne is a freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter: @BrowneGareth

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