From International Crisis Group.

Reviving UN Mediation on Iraq’s Disputed Internal Boundaries

The conflict over the disputed territories and the unresolved boundary of the Kurdish region has lingered for decades and occasionally spawned violence.

These open issues leave both Iraq’s territorial unity and the governing system that would result from a reconfiguration of borders clouded in uncertainty, and the country’s post-conflict transition in limbo.

In 2017, a new constellation of forces emerged that may enable a negotiated settlement.

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Iraq calls it an invasion; Turkey says its insurance. Both are arguing over Turkish troops in Iraq.

The Iraqi army, along with Kurdish, Sunni Arab and Shia Muslim troops, began the fight to recapture Mosul on Monday.

Iraqi commanders say they’ve already inflicted heavy losses of life and equipment on ISIL.

The Turkish President appears determined to join the battle – the Iraqi Prime Minister is against.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Iraq can’t push ISIL out of Mosul without Turkish military help.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he won’t allow Turkish forces to take part.

Erdogan says Turkish troops are already in Iraq and will stay until Mosul is liberated.

Is Turkey complicating the battle plans? And what are Turkey’s main objectives in Iraq?


Martine Dennis


Mustafa Akyol: Writer, International New York Times.

Maria Fantappie: Senior Iraq Analyst, International Crisis Group.

Robert Pape: Professor, University of Chicago.