Militarisation and security measures continue apace in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and surrounding regions. A new border wall is being erected between the ancestral Yezidi homeland of Sinjar and neighbouring North and East Syria, while barbed-wire fences are also being erected between Arab and Yezidi communities by the Iraqi government.
At the same time, the KRI’s dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party are establishing scores of new military bases across the region, as they continue to cooperate with Turkey in targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during ongoing military operations. For their part, the PKK have a major hearing underway in one of the EU’s highest courts over their status as a terrorist organisation – but observers are urging caution as to the likely outcome.
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