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Paul Iddon


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

Analysis: There are fears that Iran will expand its nuclear programme and abandon its self-imposed limits on the range of ballistic missiles if European countries maintain sanctions set to expire in October.

19 July, 2023

Analysis: Touring Azerbaijan and Cyprus, both countries with ongoing territorial disputes, may hint at Erdogan's foreign policy objectives as he enters his new five-year term as Turkey's leader.

21 June, 2023

Analysis: The Biden administration is set to unveil a new interagency strategy to combat the Syrian regime's multi-billion-dollar drug trade.

08 June, 2023

Analysis: As regional normalisation with Assad accelerates, Syria's two most powerful non-regime groups are offering to resettle refugees as part of a bid for leverage and legitimacy.

31 May, 2023

Analysis: Tehran wants to keep Assad politically and strategically aligned as Arab states normalise ties with Syria.

08 May, 2023

In-depth: Iraq has one of the largest numbers of missing persons worldwide, with up to one million people having been forcibly disappeared in the past 50 years.

11 April, 2023

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