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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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How should Turkey's military presence in Syria be assessed?

16 February, 2021

Analysis: Has Ankara's role in northern Syria made any positive impact, or will it ultimately be counterproductive?

What does the future hold for Libya's Haftar?

06 January, 2021

Analysis: With Haftar's allies divided, questions loom about the LNA leader's future role in Libya.

How Putin's Russia helped crush the Arab Spring

18 December, 2020

Analysis: Putin has always endorsed authoritarian rule in the Middle East and Russia has profited significantly from the brutal subversion of popular uprisings.

Iraqi Kurdistan fears entanglement in Turkey-UAE cold war

07 July, 2020

Analysis: Iraqi Kurdistan hopes to avoid becoming entangled in a regional cold war.

Bolton's book and why Trump betrayed the Kurds

24 June, 2020

Comment: Bolton's book shines a light on President Trump's crass dismissal of Kurdish sacrifices, writes Paul Iddon.

Russia, China seek foothold in Middle East arms market

24 June, 2020

The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.

Russia's expanding military footprint in the Middle East

09 June, 2020

Over the last decade Russia has visibly expanded its military, economic and political influence in the Middle East.

What normalisation of Assad's regime could mean for Turkey

27 May, 2020

Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

Is Libya on the road to de facto partition?

01 May, 2020

Neither side in Libya's civil war can achieve a decisive victory.

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

15 April, 2020

Comment: IS will exploit any instability, including a potential humanitarian crisis caused by coronavirus, writes Paul Iddon.

Saudi Arabia's oil war could spell disaster for Iraq

27 March, 2020

Saudi Arabia's decision to flood the oil market could do great harm to Iraq's economy, at a time when the country is already grappling with other major crises.

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

13 March, 2020

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this cycle of violence.

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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