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Paul Iddon


Paul Iddon is a freelance journalist based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan who writes about Middle East affairs

Analysis: The Ukraine war has led to a deepening strategic alliance between Iran and Russia, with Tehran supplying drones, missiles, and other military equipment to support Moscow's invasion.

28 February, 2023

Analysis: Iran's drone facilities abroad help it to evade sanctions and attacks, empower allies, and shorten supply chains.

13 February, 2023

Analysis: A full Turkish military withdrawal from Syria is unlikely for a number of reasons in the near future, analysts say, and an eventual withdrawal will likely prove immensely complicated.

25 January, 2023

Analysis: Ties between the two nations are at breaking point, with Tehran managing in three years to destroy three decades of friendly relations with Kyiv.

17 November, 2022

Analysis: Iran has sought to blame external Kurdish groups for the wave of anti-government protests sweeping the country following the death of Jina Mahsa Amini.

18 October, 2022

In-depth: In his memoir, Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani shared for the first time that Turkey's former President Turgut Ozal had proposed annexing Iraqi Kurdistan after the Gulf War. But how serious was the idea?

01 September, 2022

Analysis: Ankara's drone strikes against the Kurdish-led SDF follow widespread opposition to its planned military invasion of northern Syria, with the campaign largely tolerated by both Russia and the US.

16 August, 2022

Analysis: A deadly attack at a tourist site in Iraqi Kurdistan in July marked a turning point in bilateral ties, but the diplomatic crisis was decades in the making.

03 August, 2022

In-depth: Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to soaring food prices amid significant disruption to the supply of staple grains, with the risk of political unrest, migration, and acute hunger.

02 June, 2022

Analysis: The intensity of Turkey's latest cross-border operation in Iraqi Kurdistan has put unprecedented pressure on the PKK.

27 April, 2022