Barzanis caught up in anti-PKK fight
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By proclaiming himself sole president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bafel Talabani thought he would be able to force his cousin into exile and retain control of his Sulaymaniya stronghold. Unfortunately for him, Lahur Talabani still has support in political and security circles and does not intend to let go of the reins of power so easily.
The open conflict between the Talabani brothers that is tearing the Iraqi Kurdistan family apart has led to unusual joint action by the United States and Iran, worried the feud could threaten the stability of the region.
As at home in his brogues on a red carpet in New York's Upper East Side as in steel caps on an oil rig in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Emirati businessman Badr Jafar loves nothing more than singing the praises of his philanthropic endeavours and promoting the Middle-East youth.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is being torn apart by the struggle between its co-chairmen, cousins Bafel and Lahur Talabani, who are both looking to increase their respective power bases in Suleymanyah.
Adam Smith International has won a contract from the British foreign ministry to help the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to implement "priority reforms" mainly regarding the security forces.
Washington is keen for the Peshmerga forces to speed up their unification so they can share strategic intelligence against Islamic State. But local alliances continue to hold sway over the need to put up a common front.
Still engaged in military operations against the PKK in northern Iraq, Turkey has been suffering heavy losses while failing to eradicate the perceived Kurdish threat. It is now rethinking its strategy while trying to ensure the continued support of the Kurdish KDP, its ally on the ground.
The rivalry between Barzani and Talabani clans is at the centre of a legal battle between oil junior Dynasty and former oil minister of Iraqi Kurdistan's Ashti Hawrami.
So that it can fulfil its commitment to supply Beirut with oil to help ease the country's energy crisis, Irak has called in trader Qaiwan to set up a swap system as Kudistan crude is too high in sulphur to be used in Lebanon's power plants.
Despite his central role in Turkey's security apparatus, MIT chief Hakan Fidan has been unusually invisible in the wake of his agency's botched attempt to free a group of hostages including senior MIT officials held by the PKK.
The U.S. military footprint in Iraq, greatly reduced in 2020, is now concentrated mainly in Baghdad. But the persistent threats against the "green zone" are causing the US to consider options to shift more troops to Kurdistan.
Although Washington is championing sanctions against Syria, it is letting a US oil company do business there while placing its pawns in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Accused of embezzlement by the Kuwaiti logistics giant Agility and France's Orange, Sirwan Barzani and his Lebanese partner Raymond Rahmeh are taking measures to defend their reputations.
Orange kept its corruption dispute with Iraqi Kurdistan's ruling Barzani clan under wraps for a long time. An application for arbitration submitted in October puts an end to the chances of an informal settlement being reached.
Turkey's military and security apparatus, which is heavily mobilised in Syria and Iraq, Libya and increasingly Yemen, wants to go the distance against Russia on all fronts, despite the strain and internal strife these efforts are causing.