Kurds

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has thrust the plight of the Kurdish people into the spotlight. But who exactly are the Kurds and how will their responses to increasing instability define the future of the Middle Eastern region?

Who are the Kurds? Read more

Turkey’s role in the war against Isis
Gideon Rachman is joined by David Gardner and Daniel Dombey to discuss Turkey’s role in the unfolding war against the jihadist movement Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Does Turkey share western war aims or is the government of President Erdogan more interested in crushing the Kurdish movements that are fighting Isis?

Gideon Rachman

The  bomb that went off in Ankara today killed three people and looks like the work of the PKK, the Kurdish group that has been fighting Turkey for decades. It probably makes a Turkish army incursion into northern Iraq, pursuing the PKK, all but inevitable. I was in Ankara yesterday. It was the first day back for all the public schools and universities, so the traffic was terrible. A bomb this week was likely to cause maximum mayhem. Read more