Israel’s prime minister backs Kurdish independence

Binyamin Netanyahu claims creation of Kurdish state would aid in formation of alliance of moderate powers in Middle East

The Guardian [UK] 29 June 2014

…Netanyahu laid out his positions in a policy speech that marked his most detailed response to the gains made by Sunni extremists fighting in Iraq. His endorsement of Kurdish independence, […]

Iraq crisis: Islamists force 150,000 to flee Mosul

BBC News 10 June 2014

More than 150,000 people have been forced to flee Iraq’s second city of Mosul after Islamist militants effectively took control of it.

Troops were among those fleeing as hundreds of jihadists from the ISIS group overran it and much of the surrounding province of Nineveh.

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki […]