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  • ISIS and uranium? Just a scare tactic: Phillips Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:34 PM ET
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

    Iraq said ISIS seized a stash of uranium. These are scare tactics aimed at getting the U.S. to take action, says former WH adviser David L. Phillips.

  • *Kurds in Turkey seek greater autonomy, not independence. ISTANBUL, July 9- What has long been a dream for the Middle East's Kurds, an independent state, is within reach in Iraq, but Turkey's Kurds, wearied by a 30- year conflict with Ankara, see a brighter future at home, where negotiations could deliver the rights they have fought for.

  • Extremists in Iraq need a history lesson: Phillips Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 9:37 AM ET
    Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a patrol in the town of Dalli Abbas in Diyala province, June 30, 2014.

    ISIS has a legitimate grievance but the wrong tactics, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.

  • ISTANBUL/ ANKARA, July 7- Turkish officials say key economic ministers will stay in post if, as expected, prime minister Tayyip Erdogan becomes president next month, and they dismissed fears that policy would take a populist turn, jeopardising more than a decade of strong growth.

  • ISTANBUL, July 3- Yakup Saygili ranked among Turkey's top police commanders until he launched anti-graft raids that touched on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's circle. Now he sits at home, victim of a purge he says has undermined specialist units' ability to tackle a growing terrorist threat spilling from the Middle East.

  • US-Turkish Bechtel-Enka wins $820M deal in Kosovo Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    PRISTINA, Kosovo— Kosovo's Infrastructure Ministry says a $820 million deal has been signed with American-Turkish consortium Bechtel-Enka to build a 60 kilometer highway that will link Kosovo with Macedonia.

  • In a convoy that stretches hundreds of meters, the trucks travel east across northern Israel, bringing goods from Europe to customers in Jordan and beyond. The number of trucks crossing between Israel and Jordan has jumped some 300 percent since 2011, to 10,589 trucks a year, according to the Israel Airports Authority.

  • US needs to understand what Iran wants in Iraq Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 10:21 AM ET
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    If the Obama administration wants Iran's cooperation on Iraq, it needs to know what Iran wants, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.

  • ANKARA, June 26- Turkey's government sent a bill to parliament on Thursday setting out a legal framework for peace talks with Kurdish militants, a step that may boost support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan before an August presidential election.

  • Why the Kurds need Turkey's help: David Phillips Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 11:41 AM ET
    Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers his speech at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey during an AK Party group meeting on June 24, 2014.

    Iraqi Kurdistan needs Turkey’s political and security support to emerge as an independent state, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.

  • *Israel keen to build rapport with Kurds. *Israel previously bought small cargoes of trucked oil. LONDON, June 20- A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer.

  • Iraq is on the verge of collapse: David Phillips Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 12:38 PM ET
    Tribal fighters shout slogans while carrying weapons during a parade in Kerbala, south of Baghdad, June 18, 2014.

    Iraq is on the verge of collapse—and working with Iran is a "flawed strategy," says former White House foreign-affairs adviser David L. Phillips.

  • *Rocket Internet building online empire outside US, China. Rocket Internet is bidding to create the largest internet empire outside the United States and China, seeking to replicate the success of Amazon and Alibaba in markets the U.S. and Chinese e-commerce groups have yet to dominate, such as Africa, Latin America and Russia.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to July 1 Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    June 19- For other related diaries, please. BEIRUT- Arab Economic Forum in Lebanon. SEOUL- South Korean Finance minister Hyun Oh- seok speaks at the Parliament session on recent events.

  • *Tehran may be willing to cooperate with US in Iraq. *Iran closely watching insurgent advance in Iraq. ANKARA, June 13- Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

  • BAGHDAD/ ARBIL, June 12- Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

  • ANKARA/ LONDON, June 9- A second shipment of Iraqi Kurdish crude has sailed from the Turkish port of Ceyhan, industry and government sources said, increasing the stakes in a battle with Baghdad over control of oil sales from the autonomous region. Baghdad was in the process informing the United Nations about Ankara's role in the shipment, he added.

  • VIENNA, June 9- Iraq's oil minister on Monday condemned the export of pipeline crude from Iraqi Kurdistan and threatened the region and Turkey, its point of export, with severe measures. The semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region has not been exporting any crude through the Baghdad- controlled Iraq- Turkey pipeline since the end of 2012..

  • ANKARA, June 8- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits Turkey on Monday to discuss expansion of trade and the civil war in Syria which has stained relations between the two neighbours.

  • *Erdogan expected to announce bid for presidency. *Aides say he will rule with a council of advisors. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, June 4- On the first anniversary of nationwide protests that shook Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan's rule, barely a thousand anti-government demonstrators marched in Istanbul on Saturday.