Despite regional and international opposition, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have insisted that the upcoming referendum, which could result in the autonomous Kurdish region breaking away from the rest of Iraq, will go ahead as scheduled, on the September 15, 2017.
The outbreak of violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar requires immediate action by the country's government to solve the century-old ethnic-religious conflict between Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslim minority, Chris Lewa, director of The Arakan Project, told Radio Sputnik, offering ways to tackle the problem.
The advances of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces in Deir ez-Zor will lead to the ultimate defeat of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), experts told Sputnik. However, the eradication of Daesh doesn’t mean the end of the war while Idlib and some other parts of the country still remain in the hands of extremists.
Of all the seismic events that have punctuated the Syrian conflict, none equals the significance of the Syrian Arab Army's success in breaking the siege of Deir ez-Zor.
Iran has responded to US sanctions by increasing the funding of its missile program, Vladimir Sazhin, an expert on Mideast affairs told Sputnik, adding that over recent decades Tehran's rocket industry has made considerable progress.
The US government’s occupation of Russian diplomatic properties within the United States is an unprecedented violation of sovereignty in defiance of international treaties, analysts told Sputnik.
A new round of US lethal weapons supplies to Ukraine will only add to the humanitarian crisis in the Donbass region and undermine efforts to peacefully end the conflict, analysts told Sputnik.
The creation of a sovereign Kurdish state in Iraq could result in the remapping of the Middle East and the collapse of the established status quo, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes for RIA Novosti. Eskin notes that regardless of the potential repercussions the Iraqi Kurds are determined to hold an independence vote on September 25.
The Czech Republic could have gained more from withdrawing from the European Union rather than remaining within the bloc's ranks, Vladimira Vitova, the chairwoman of the Alliance of National Forces told Sputnik, adding that major EU powers are using Central and Eastern Europe as their 'colony.'
Syrian opposition members commented on the Syrian army's lifting of the three-year siege of Deir ez-Zor by Daesh (ISIS, banned in Russia) terrorists.
Experts say that the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership may take longer than expected after the US withdrawal from the deal.
Experts told Sputnik that despite recent nuclear tests by North Korea, South Korean citizens should be more afraid of unpredictable actions by US President Donal Trump.
Russia would have little chance of winning a favorable judgment on the illegality of the US government seizing its diplomatic property in the United States if the issue was ever brought before any court especially one in America, analysts told Sputnik.
The lifting of the Deir ez-Zor siege doesn't automatically mean the end of the war against terrorists in Syria, experts told Sputnik, suggesting that having cleared the province of terrorist elements the Syrian Arab Army needs to advance toward the eastern and northern directions.
The solution to the US's 16-year-long fruitless war in Afghanistan would require the participation of China, Russia and Iran, which have direct security concerns in the conflict, geopolitical analyst Shahid Raza told Radio Sputnik, explaining why this peace scenario would be unacceptable to Washington.
The Rohingya conflict in Myanmar, which had caught its second wind in August 2017, appears to be a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved, experts say, referring to both internal and external reasons behind the recent upsurge in violence in the country.
Daesh's blitz offensive in 2014, which involved the capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, put the high levels of economic growth the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq was enjoying to an abrupt end. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, is now looking to return the economy to its former glory.
The recent abduction of Russian journalist Anna Kurbatova in Kiev and her subsequent deportation by the country's state security service (SBU), on allegations of "smearing" Ukraine, is yet more evidence of the turmoil that has engulfed the country in the wake of the coup which toppled its last legitimately democratically-elected government in 2014.
The emergence of the Taliban was facilitated by the US and its allies, who tried to use the terrorist threat to maintain their control over the Central Asian region while simultaneously posing a challenge to America's geopolitical competitors, Russia and China, Afghan experts told Sputnik.
The Rohingya conflict in Myanmar, which had caught its second wind in August 2017, appears to be a crisis long in the making: the conflict between the countries Buddhists and Muslims actually originates from the 19th century.
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